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From Caitlin - 23 August  2005

To whom it may concern:

Thank you SO very much for posting those pictures of the poor raccoon dogs in China. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, has ever shocked me so as the events portrayed in those photographs. Why must humanity be so cruel? I am ashamed to be a member of the human race. ASHAMED. I cannot stop crying over those poor, innocent animals' fate. Perhaps the only solace is that those who abuse will receive their due reward after death, but still this does not prevent the suffering of God's creations. Looking into that dying animal's eyes, stripped of its skin, in unfathomable pain, I can truly see the evil of the human race. I wept and continue to weep for that gentle soul who suffered so greatly all for human vanity. Dear GOD, why is man so cruel? Am I the only person on Earth who recognizes this as disgusting, inhumane, and, most importantly, un-Christ-like? I can sit in Mass in the winter months and see a sea of fur around me, in GOD'S OWN HOUSE, my own mother included. It is enough for me view her as one of those men destroying an innocent life on a factory fur farm. I pray and pray and pray for justice, but none seems to come. No one will listen to my reasoning. I am cast off as a raving lunatic, an idiot who does not know of what she speaks. There is nothing I can do, nothing anyone with a compassionate heart can do. Humanity is evil, and, with that as the case, I no longer want any part of humanity. God bless you all for showing such mercy, and thank you for listening.

Caitlin, age 19

Reply from Frank and Mary

Dear Caitlin:

Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words about our web site.

Every day we encounter people who feel the same as you do, and who have encountered the same hardness of heart and indifference to the pain suffering of animals. We also have had similar encounters. And, we agree, it can become very discouraging. On the other hand, we've also seen that our mutual efforts to eliminate the abuse of animals has been very effective in many areas, particularly in the past 10 years. We've seen animal cruelty laws being enacted and enforced in many US states. There have been growing efforts to eliminate many factory farming abusive practices, such as forced feeding of ducks and geese, the eliminating of crates in pig farming operations and pressure to eliminate battery cages. We believe a lot of this is due to the internet "allowing" and giving people a venue to expose the truth that the media has mostly refused to do. We need to keep focused on the goal of a cruelty free society, and realize that it's possible to achieve. Every small victory is proof that it's possible, and the number of these victories is steadily increasing. Every vegan saves the lives of at least three land animals a month as well as many sea animals. More and more people are looking upon fur as ugly, because it reveals the hardness of the human soul who wears it. The more we peacefully and politely speak out about the atrocities committed upon animals, the harder it is for people to deny it, and their part in causing the suffering. You have a sensitive heart that needs to be exposed more and more every day. Don't get discouraged, no matter what people say, you are making a difference. People will always remember what you say. Let people know how you feel, and why, but never get angry in the process. Continually show them the truth.

If you want to write some short articles, we'd be happy to publish them, which spreads your voice to people all around the world.

Together, Caitlin, we are making a difference.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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