Our Silence About Animal Abuse Promotes Abuse of Humans
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Our Silence About Animal Abuse Promotes Abuse of Humans
Comments by Dena Hunt - 24 Aug 2003

Dear Sierra,

This is all I can offer: Once, years ago, I visited the local "shelter" (pound) as a volunteer and saw things I could not bear--could not have born without tears, that is. And so I left and never went back. And that last part is the memory I have--not going back.

When I tried to explain to fellow volunteers, it sounded as though I was just "too sensitive," as though I "cared" too much. But I knew something was wrong with that. We have to stiffen our resolve, "toughen up," to help them, not to protect ourselves.

My sensitivity and my caring was not for them; it was for myself.

But I know what you mean. It's awkward, at best. And as I'm writing, I've thought of a possible solution (for myself, too). Why not get one (or more) of the horrific photos and carry it my wallet. When the question is asked, simply show the picture.

"Why don't you eat meat?"

"Here is why."


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