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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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Thin Ice – 2 January 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

The title of today’s Blog has nothing to do with the condition of the lake here. As I look out the window, there is no ice on this body of water that in past winters has been frozen solid.

The Thin Ice that I’m writing about is the newsletter of Responsible Policies for Animals. In their words, “RPA’s newsletter, Thin Ice, gets its name from the ethical “thin ice” on which practices that harm nonhuman animals stand and the literal thin ice threatening polar bears’ and other animals’ survival.”

In previous Blogs I’ve mentioned the fact that people in poorer countries copy the lifestyles of those living in more affluent nations. Here is a real eye-opening statement from Thin Ice:

“More than three out of four people in China – several times the number of people living in the U.S. – ate at a KFC last year! Americans’ way of life is the model poor people throughout the world aspire to emulate. Our LGUs [land-grant universities] and the industries they support gladly take advantage of the fact that nonhuman animals lack legal rights to spread animal factories to China and other large countries.”

From RPA’s website

“RPA's first campaign, initiated in 2003, is 10,000 Years Is Enough, aimed at ending the teaching of animal agriculture at universities.”

“How can it be that public universities train students for industries that cause 10 billion animals in the U.S. to suffer and die each year and that also harm people and ecosystems?”

“Students, alumni, instructors, administrators - in agriculture or not: Please share your experience seeing or working with animals used in university animal-agribusiness programs. Do you think farm animals belong at universities? Do you think universities should prepare students for the egg, milk, and meat industries no matter how much animals suffer in those industries? Should universities slaughter animals and teach students to slaughter them? Do animals you have seen at campus facilities deserve to die at small fractions of their species' natural lifespans? Do university animal-agribusiness programs affect people's food choices?”

“RPA's second campaign, also initiated in September, 2003, is This Land Is Their Land, RPA's campaign to protect wildlife.”

Personally, Frank and I like the fact that RPA opposes the use of violence and other antisocial behavior in animal advocacy.

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