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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.


Human Benefits from Animal Rights (conclusion) – 4 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Just the other day, it was announced in the news that the number of mortgage foreclosures is increasing. At the same time, we are bombarded with TV commercials pushing the worst processed animal-derived “foods” on children and their parents. It’s very obvious that the target audience being manipulated by these ads are those who can least afford the diseases – and the pharmaceuticals prescribed for them – that result from eating those products.

Every time I see the cheese and processed meat commercials that use children to promote this junk, I think how (in my opinion) this is a form of child abuse. The targeted children are not only fed unhealthful food, they are fed lies (whether by omission or not) about the source of such “food.” So another generation of insensitive, obese, unhealthy, ignorant customers will keep huge profits flowing into the pockets of the abusers.

From RPA:

“People with precarious finances who consume flesh, milk & eggs are more likely to become poor through ill health, related expenses, and the difficulty of working steadily.” Costly diseases like those caused by flesh, milk & egg consumption are linked to large numbers of mortgage foreclosures.”

“For millennia, raising cattle has fostered poverty by driving plant farmers off their land, reducing the land’s fertility, and concentrating Earth’s wealth in the hands of the few by channeling it through large animals owned by the few.”

“Acts of war such as bombing and destroying an enemy’s crops and other resources kill, injure, and degrade habitat of nonhuman animals as well.”

“Topsoil loss due to cattle grazing and producing feed crops for cattle, chickens, pigs and other animals diminishes Earth’s wealth, concentrates farmland in the hands of the few leaving less for healthful agricultural production, and ensures high food prices.”

I’ll close with this Rachel Carson quotation:

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is – whether its victim is human or animal – we cannot expect things to be much better in this world…”  

Go on to: Christian Concern For All God’s Creatures – 5 June 2006
Return to: Human Benefits from Animal Rights (continued) – 3 June 2006
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