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Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Jenny Moxham: Why should it be considered 'fanatical' to inform others about animal cruelty? - 17 Jul 2007
Why should it be considered 'fanatical'( letters,10/7) to inform others about animal cruelty and the ways that it can be alleviated or avoided? Isn't a more caring and loving world something we should all be aiming for? As it is, animals are increasingly being subjected to more and more abuse at the hands of man. Why should love, consideration and respect be reserved for human beings alone? Anyone with a companion animal knows that, just like us, non-human beings feel loneliness, boredom, sorrow, fear and pain. Marcel Leereveld says that I 'have a right to love animals.' I appreciate that this is written in good faith but it sounds as though I write because I have some eccentric love of animals. In actual fact I write because I am opposed to injustice - whether it be to humans or non-humans - and the way that the majority of animals are treated today is extremely unjust. To needlessly subject sentient beings to lives of deprivation, torment, pain and misery simply to satisfy human desires is simply unfair. I participated in this exploitation myself for the first 32 years of my life. I didn't know any better then. I am thankful that a chance visit to a book shop allowed me to be enlightened. I learned that, apart from preventing animal suffering, avoiding meat is far healthier for us.
I find it sad that the majority of people are indifferent to the suffering of animals and are unwilling to speak out on their behalf. Nobel prize winner Bernard Shaw said 'The worst sin to our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity."
Another Nobel prize winner, Elie Wiesal said, "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest"
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