Moo-ving people toward compassionate living
From Jodi - 20 Jan 2004
As an animal lover I am sickened and outraged by what is happening to these animals. I feel panicked that this is going on around me and I can't do anything to stop all this pain. The only thing I can do is not eat meat. I had stopped for the most part, but had occasionally given in. Meat is everywhere and having it so ingrained into your diet from a young age it takes a little discipline.
I knew before I saw those pictures I would be hysterical. I went through half a box of Kleenex!
I knew that even though I was afraid to look that I had to because this is what it is going to take for me to skip that occasional burger I cheat with when it is convenient to go through a drive thru and I am too lazy to stop at the store to pick up a garden burger.
It is so easy for a lot of people to not equate that little patty they have been eating since they were 5 years old with suffering and death because they just don't think about it. Exposing myself to this unpleasantness (that's an understatement) is helping it become all the more real to me and now I am even more aware than I was before of the evils of meat.
It must have been extremely difficult for those photographers to not only witness the atrocity committed on these poor animals, but to have to take the pictures without breaking down. What they have done they should be commended for because they will be responsible for helping a lot of people to see the light. It's weird that something that seemed so normal to me my whole life (eating meat) seems like the most foreign and nasty thing now.
Reply by Frank L. Hoffman
Thank you very much for writing to us and expressing your feelings in such a tender way. Your tears bring hope to the animals and to us. Many years ago, we went through the same transition your experiencing, for reasons of compassion.
We get emotionally upset when we publish these photos, too.
The key to ending this cruelty is to spread the truth about these atrocities more and more people every day until public opinion demands an end to animal cruelty.
Don't feel helpless, be active and tell others about your feelings, and refer them to our web site so that they can see for themselves, and ask them to help spread the word, too. Together, we can end animal cruelty.
In the Love of the Lord,
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