Humane Religion Magazine
January - February 2008 Issue
By Mary T. Hoffman
What do I mean by “deliberate blindness”? I’ll give you one example: We’re chatting with a person who claims that she “loves animals,” and then she starts talking about restaurants in our area that she has been to and praises various meat dishes she enjoys eating there. Then she asks us if we have been there, etc. When we say that we are vegan, she seems uncomfortable and comes up with that over-used excuse for resisting positive change: “Everything in moderation!”
Another example of deliberate blindness: People who say, “Don’t tell me; I don’t want to know,” so they can continue indulging in animal-derived products.
What is so disturbing about these people is the fact that they consider themselves to be “kind,” when in fact they are “kind” of dishonest! Their selective compassion and “kill the messenger” mentality plays right into the hands of the worst industries that exploit animals who cannot speak for themselves. With their money, the public actively contributes to the horrible suffering of billions of intelligent animals who feel physical and emotional pain.
The Church plays a major role in encouraging this deliberate blindness, for they bring the products of this horrible suffering into their midst, and pretend it doesn't exist, and even use these products of cruelty for fund raisers.
Even the latest issue of the National Geographic magazine’s feature article “Inside Animal Minds: Birds, Apes, Dolphins, and a Dog with World-Class Vocabulary” confirms that there is ever-increasing proof that animals possess far more intelligence and special abilities than we ever realized. Among the animal photos and descriptions is a Giant Pacific Octopus who “has distinct personality, uses tools, recognizes individuals.” The article goes on to state that “octopuses are known to block their dens with rocks and amuse themselves shooting water at plastic-bottle targets (the first reported invertebrate play behavior) and at lab staff. They may even express basic emotions by changing color…”
There is more than ample proof that animals have a right to live without the manipulation of hard-hearted humans who keep themselves in a state of deliberate spiritual blindness.