Conversations with Animal Farmers
By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 30 Jul 2011
Thank you for writing back.
Our comments about vegetable farming was not referring to large grain farming operations, but on the scale of the emerging organic and veganic farming operations, where no animals are involved or their waste used. This is the truly compassionate farming, which can have a lot of community support.
If you truly have compassion for animals, why would you every want to subject any of them to what happens to them when they are farmed for human consumption.
There are very strong emotional bonds between a cow and her baby, and taking the calf away causes deep mourning and stress to both mother and child. Why would you want to be a part of that kind of suffering. Furthermore the male calves are usually sentenced to death within a few months.
A cow should naturally live about 20-25 years, yet most dairy cows are sent to horrible slaughter, even worse than what your brother did, when they are only 5 years old. Surely you realize that this isn't compassionate.
You can always have companion animals that are member of your family for all of their natural lives.
We look forward to hearing back from you.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary