The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Animal advocates/activists are somehow bound to witness, demand and act. It's our mission. However, as an animal protector, there are certain images, too many now, that will not leave my mind - tragic, hopeless, evil scenes of humankind's obscene cruelty to animals.
One such image, for me, is the beautiful cow in your Cattle photos, who, during Brazil's disgusting so-called "Festival", Farro do Boi, has had her legs CUT from her body by the idiot revelers and left to suffer and bleed in stunned agony. All the while the human beings laugh, drink and continue their torture of helpless animals.'
I will never forget the absolute look of despair and betrayal in this cow's eyes and crushed hope in the goodness of humankind.
I ask, "Where is God?" Obviously, for the animals, he/she has no interest. Therefore, I pray with all my heart, in hope, not faith because there is none given the brutality of mankind made evident, that these abusers, all over the planet, will suffer endless unspeakable pain and emotional turmoil for the rest of their days on earth. They don't deserve forgiveness. There will be none from me.
Thank you for making people aware of our duty to all creatures.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for writing.
We feel the horror all the time, too. It's like being in a constant state of
All through history, God seems to always work through human beings, and this has been particularly consistent since the time of Jesus. Therefore, it's up to us, as you say in your letter, to make the difference in the world around us. We must be the loving, compassionate, and peacemaking witnesses to the world around us in the way we live, so that we will be seen as the real children of God, no matter what the hard of heart sociopathic people of this world may claim to be.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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