Stephen Augustine sent us some very interesting information from Lorraine Devon Wilke’s article (20 Jan 2013) about gun deaths. In the past 43 years (1968-2011) there have been 1,384,171 gun deaths in the United States. This is 18% higher than all the war deaths in U. S. history, which stands at 1,171,177.
He also wrote: “Jesus’ saying, ‘Those who live by the sword will die by the sword’ comes to mind. That is, a culture which broadly accepts the use of violence as an acceptable solution are bound to see it enacted upon them and within them. It’s pretty clear, to me at least, that Jesus lived and preached radical alternatives to the violence of his time and asked his followers to choose likewise. The glorification of war and sophisticated weapons in movies, video games, and enormous military budgets has an almost religious fervour to it. I’m not surprised, then, that the violence inflicted on almost 60 billion land animals, globally, every year is accepted as normal.”
Both the war and gun deaths are horrible statistics, but they are dwarfed by the more than 20,000,000,000 (yes, that’s 20 billion) land and sea animals that are killed every single year in the United States to satisfy the human lust for flesh, which echoes Stephen’s thoughts, but keeps the statistics confined to the U. S.
This means that 54,794,520 animals suffer and die to satisfy our country’s lust for flesh every single day, which is 20 times greater than the number of people who died in war in the history of the U. S., and gun deaths for the past 43 years.
The tragedy of all of this suffering is that the people who demand “their pound of flesh” don’t care that the animals are suffering and dying for them.
They are totally indifferent.
Their hearts have been seared and hardened to the point that they no longer have any empathy for any of these so-called “food animals”.