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Animal rights advocates that do undercover work are a special breed. They care. Boy! do they care. Not one of us could have the presence of mind and the steely intestinal fortitude it takes to actually videotape such horrific cruelty. Yet, without their work, the public would never know.
It irritates me to no end when I hear people complain about seeing images of animals being treated cruelly and they recoil and say oh! don't show me that--I can' stand to look at it. How inconsiderate. How selfish. If it weren't for people willing to LOOK, to capture on film the mindless actions of human beings, the suffering would never end!
I think it was Emerson who said .."You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity."
His quote illustrates a powerful point. Something so innocent as eating a cookie now holds all of us accountable because that cookie may have been manufactured with palm oil and we all know what palm oil plantations are doing to the rainforests, the creatures who inhabit them, and the Earth itself for as more and more trees are felled for biofuels and palm oil plantations, the more the earth will heat up and eventually change the landscape so dramatically that we will be FORCED----not asked, not cajoled--but forced to change how we live.
I read the interview with the guy who did the investigative work at the Hallmark Meat Plant in Chino. He is a very, very brave human being. I cannot imagine how he deals with his inner demons. And oh! they must be many.
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