Animal Writes
30 December 2001 Issue
Giving Gift of Compassion

By Amy McNutt
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When you're out to make the world a better place, sometimes it's easy to get discouraged here in Texas, the land of fast-food joints and steakhouses. Then you have to step back, relax and remember that change does not happen overnight. It is a gradual awakening process and everyday our actions make an immense difference.

By introducing the joys of a compassionate lifestyle to those you love, you are offering them the best gift you could ever give. Bradley Miller puts it well when he says, "Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."

Over the years, I have learned that as much as you want the people you love to stop eating animals, you can never force your beliefs onto them even if you have only the best of intentions. The most effective thing you can do is gently introduce the subject to them and be there to answer questions, when they are receptive to it. If they're not ready, don't be discouraged or think badly of that person, just remember that there is a lot of "meat is good" and "four basic food groups" patterning that people have to undo, especially here in Texas.

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