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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.


Bad Taste – 2 August 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Last night we happened to catch the end of a PBS program on TV that was about farmers’ markets and market places of the United States. The part about Hawaiian markets was fascinating to watch; the variety of tropical fruit was incredible; and it was interesting to see and hear the enthusiasm of the growers as they explained their work.

However, the ending of this program, which featured a huge indoor marketplace located in Cleveland, Ohio, left a “bad taste in our mouths” (as the saying goes): a very insensitive promotion/exploitation of pigs. The program went downhill with displays loaded with butchered animal products, a scene of a man carrying a completely wrapped pig over his shoulder, while a woman vendor, proudly showing a whole dead piglet, talked joyfully about children enjoying seeing piglets. Then the title of the program was shown in large letters: “To Market, To Market to Buy a Fat Pig” – and we were sorry that we had tuned in to this program that ended with such insensitivity.

When will the public acknowledge the pain and suffering of farmed animals and stop contributing to it directly or indirectly with their money? Making excuses for not going vegan only prolongs the agony of the animals and the deterioration of the health of people and the environment. There are no excuses!

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