The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from Miles Concerning Animal Agriculture and Cruelty - 23 Oct 2005
With all due respect, I would like to ask you to refrain from blaming the entire human species for this cruelty. Although it is done by humans it is only one culture of humans who treat animals like this. In his book Ishmael, Daniel Quinn calls this culture totalitarian agriculture. It is a culture that has been in existence for some 10,000 years as Quinn explains in his book. As you may know however, there have been thousands upon thousands of cultures in humans past. A past which has been scientifically proven to go back some 3 million years.
Humanity on a whole is not to blame for this cruelty, but rather one culture of humanity is - our culture (totalitarian agriculture), which encompasses nearly the entire human race at this point in time. Until we change our cultural vision that man was made to conquer and rule the earth then this kind of cruelty will never go away.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for writing.
You very well could be correct, but you also seem to have given up on being able to make any changes, which we hope isn't the case.
Most people either don't care or don't want to care about the suffering of animals, so in a way the whole human race does have the responsibility for the cruelty, even though many people are working very hard to end the suffering. To make a real difference, we just need more people to join the effort to end the pain and suffering associated with the exploitation of animals. We hope you are one of them.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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