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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.


Animal Abuse and Human Violence – 14 September 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

I was glad to read in the Autumn 2007 Bulletin of The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) that the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is holding a conference on 18 September at Keble College, Oxford, England; and that “The purpose of this conference is to look at the relationship between animal abuse and human violence, and will be Britain’s first major international academic conference on this theme and covers a wide range of academic perspectives including psychology, ethics, sociology, law, criminology, anthropology and philosophy.”

The Bulletin article goes on to say that “Robert Ressler, an FBI serial Killer Profiler, has claimed that ‘murderers very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids.’ ”

I wonder how long it will take for humans to finally admit that all abuse is wrong, and that biomedical researchers who utilize animals, the animal agriculture industry, fish killing, etc. are not exempt. The killing and torture of any sentient being is abhorrent, regardless of the twisted reasons given by the perpetrators and their supporters.

It’s fairly obvious to anyone who gives it any thought and is willing to face the truth that all cruelty to humans has its roots in the exploitation of animals.

Go on to: Animal Abuse and Human Violence (continued) – 15 September 2007
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