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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.


“Animals and the Law: The Shocking Truth” – 9 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

I wonder how many people think the way I did many years ago – that somehow all animals are protected by the law, more or less. Then I had a rude awakening, for which I’m very grateful.

Because we hear of publicized animal abuse cases involving dogs and cats, there is a tendency for the public to ignore the 10 billion land animals in the United States (50 billion world-wide) who suffer unimaginably before they are slaughtered in hideous ways.

The flesh and dairy industries with their deep pockets wield enormous influence over legislators. They also spend a huge amount of money on brainwashing the public with ads using words like “happy” with pretty pictures of animals in pastures, et cetera.

Many people may not realize that the farmed animal industry increasingly has the power to determine what is legal by simply labeling actions of the farming community as “customary,” “accepted,” “normal,” or “common.” This amounts to the abusers and exploiters writing their own laws!

Probably very few people know that there are states where certain animals such as chickens, who account for 95% of the animals slaughtered every year in this country, are excluded from any protection whatsoever. Just imagine the horrendous cruelty suffered by these animals, day in and day out!

What can you expect from an out-of-control powerful industry that views animals as “production units” and “commodities”? In one case, the defense attorney for a very large egg producer, when asked in court if there was a difference between manure and a live hen, answered, “No, your honor.”

For an excellent article on “Animals and the Law: The Shocking Truth” please read the free magazine, CL: Compassionate Living, Spring/Summer 2007 issue published by Mercy For Animals.

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