I totally applaud you and am thankful for what you do for animals. I admire
how you rescue so many animals.
I am frustrated with the idea that it is the right of each person to choose
to eat animal flesh. why do we who are vegetarian and vegan agree that it is the
right of others to participate in the horror and barbaric practice of raising
and slaughtering animals?
For centuries slavery (which was as barbaric and inhumane as raising animals
for food) was accepted and even considered necessary. Society said it was ok, and
most people in the south owned slaves. It took a few abolitionists to start the
fight to outlaw and stop slavery. it is going to take more than trying to get
people to choice to become veg/vegan. it is going to take veg/vegans getting
aggressive and getting laws passed to stop this horror.
Why are there no TV or radio or magazines ads showing the cruelty of raising
animals for food? Why are there no ads running teaching people the lies of the
agriculture businesses and showing that eating veg/vegan is more humane, better for
the environment and healthier? Why are we trying to change people one by one to
stop using animals for food? there are billions of people on earth. We will
never stop this horror if we don't start getting aggressive and reaching millions
of people at once.
We spend millions of dollars on internet sites promoting veg/vegan
lifestyles. But unless a person is interested in becoming veg/vegan they never
see those sites. Until we get aggressive and start reaching millions of people
through the media we will never stop the horrors of using animals for food. We
will never change the way society thinks about using animals for food. It has to
become as disgusting and unacceptable to eat animal flesh as it is smoke, rape,
murder or molest a child.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Dear Julie Ann:
Thank you very much for writing and for your enthusiasm.
We're not so sure that most vegetarians and vegans say that people have a
moral right to choose to eat an animal's flesh and bodily secretions. What they
may be acknowledging is that they presently have a legal right to do so. And we
agree with you that we need to get more laws passed, but our main struggle in
doing so is to over come the huge money machine of the animal agriculture and
The same problem answers why there is so little media coverage and
advertising exposing the horrors and effects of animal exploitation.
Furthermore, one national TV ad costs more that our entire annual internet
budget, and even them, stations may refuse to run it because they are afraid of
losing the animal ag and pharma advertising dollars. It would take billions of
dollars to overcome this problem and at the resent time, AR does not have such a
This is why we have been concentrating on the grass roots approach to making
changes, and we've seen a lot of positive changes over the past two decades.
And every day, we are looking for new ways to reach the public with the truth, and would love to have you work with us as a volunteer.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary