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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Spring and the Meatout - 20 Mar 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today we celebrate the first day of Spring and the Great American Meatout, an educational campaign focusing on the promotion of a healthful, plant-based, non-violent diet.

In yesterday’s Blog I mentioned that the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society observes the annual Meatout by bringing an outstanding speaker to the area, and that this year’s gathering heard Tom Regan, author of Empty Cages.

It is fitting that the observance of Spring, a time of renewal and reawakening, and the Meatout, the introduction of a healthful lifestyle, should coincide. These Meatout programs offer a fresh beginning free of the suffering of not only farmed animals, but of the humans themselves who are spared the diseases brought on by animal products.

In reflecting on our personal journeys, Frank and I find that we enjoy a freedom and a sense of empowerment that comes from knowing that our lifestyle causes as little suffering as possible to animals, as well as to ourselves and our fellow human beings.

We are aware of the unnecessary suffering of people who are manipulated and led into a cycle of dependence on the medical and pharmaceutical industries. We are also aware of the enormous suffering of the poverty-stricken around the globe, many of whom go hungry because their land is used to grow crops for export to the countries that need more and more feed for the farmed animal industry. Add to that the critical shortage of clean water in poor countries, as well and the serious water pollution caused in the United States by huge factory farms. Please read the well-documented information at: 

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