Moo-ving people toward compassionate living
From Becky Stallings - 19 Sep 2003
I HAVE LOOKED AT ALL YOUR PHOTO GALLERY OF ALL THE ANIMALS...I AM SO APPALLED...I HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS MY CONTEMPT FOR THE HUMANE RACE...SOME OF THE PICTURE CAPTIONS SAY ONLY HUMANS CAN THINK OF THIS TORTURE... AND I KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT. SOMETIMES THE MORE I KNOW OF WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF THE MORE I WOULD RATHER BE WITH ANIMALS. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE ARE APPALLED WHEN WE HEAR OF MASS MURDERS...ETC...WE PRACTICE IT DAILY, ONLY ON ANIMALS...I WONDER WHAT OUR CHILDREN MUST THINK OF US, AND NO WONDER THEIR LITTLE HEARTS GET HARDENED SO QUICKLY.
I AM VEGAN, AND SO HAPPY I AM.... I WASN'T ALWAYS SO, LIKE SO MANY BORN BEFORE THE 50'S AND ON A FARM...I HAVE SEEN MY SHARE OF KILLING OF ANIMALS...BUT OUR ANIMALS WERE ABLE TO LIVE AS THEY SHOULD IN CLEAN PASTURES AND BUILDINGS AND WERE TREATED VERY WELL. AND MY PARENTS, NEVER ALLOWED US KIDS TO SEE THE KILLINGS...ONLY THE AFTERMATH. WE ONLY HAD MEAT ONCE A WEEK ON SUNDAYS, AND MOST OF US DIDN'T CARE IF WE ATE IT OR NOT. I AM FROM A FAMILY OF 13 KIDS AND WE WERE VERY POOR AND LIVED MOSTLY ON OUR GARDEN PRODUCE. MOST OF THE MEAT WAS SOLD FOR MONEY FOR OUR FAMILY TO LIVE ON.
WHEN I LEFT HOME, I STOPPED EATING MEAT. I WAS SINGLE AND DIDN'T COOK MUCH...PEANUT BUTTER WAS MY STAPLE. I JUST DIDN'T WANT KILLING TO BE APART OF MY LIFE, I HAVE RAISED A DAUGHTER AS SUCH, SHE NOW HAS 2 BOYS WHO LOVE ANIMALS VERY MUCH AND THEY ARE NOT MEAT EATER'S EITHER. I HAVE MADE HER AWARE OF YOUR WEB SIGHT AND I KNOW SHE WILL STUDY IT OFTEN AND PASS IT ON TO OTHERS.
I DO BELIEVE MOST PEOPLE, LIVE THEIR LIVES WITHOUT EVER SEEING SUCH SADNESS, MOST PEOPLE I KNOW WOULD BE SHOCKED AT THESE PICTURES AND I BELIEVE MOST WOULD NEVER EAT MEAT AGAIN. I WILL CERTAINLY MAKE MY FRIENDS AWARE OF THIS SIGHT. MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN MY CIRCLE, HAVE DOGS, I AM SHOCKED, I HAD NO IDEA DOGS AND HORSES WERE KILLED FOR MEAT...I AM ALSO SO SHOCKED I AM AS OLD AS I AM AND NEVER LOOKED INTO THESE ITEMS BEFORE NOW. I READ SOMEWHERE, THAT THE US KILLED 9.8 BILLION LAND ANIMALS FOR HUMANE CONSUMPTION EACH YEAR....I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT...NO WONDER WE HAVE SUCH SICKNESS' NOW THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE, I'M SO ANGRY AS I WRITE THIS, I HOPE IT IS LEGIBLE.
Reply by Frank L. Hoffman
Thank you very much for your letter, personal comments, and for your expressions of repulsion and anger about the atrocities being inflicted upon animals.
We are also very pleased to know that you are spreading the word to others. It is only through peaceful means of spreading the word, and changing public opinion that the pain and suffering will stop.
The 9.8 billion animals slaughtered in the U. S. is correct, but this number doesn't count another 500,000,000 who die before ever making it to slaughter.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
In the Love of the Lord,
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