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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 (continued) – 15 September 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Yesterday I wrote about an international conference being held in England to explore “the relationship between animal abuse and human violence,” and ended with a few of my observations concerning cruelty.

Today I want to add a few more thoughts about this rampant, increasing, world-wide problem. Isn’t it interesting how humans, who are quick to condemn – and rightly so – serial killers and high-profile, media-hyped criminals who kill dogs, for example, at the same time contribute to and hold in high esteem those who are responsible for far more abuse and killings that are routine?

Can this be because the relatively few, well-publicized killings offer an object – or scapegoat, shall we say – for the public to vent on; so that the socially acceptable cruelties such as hunting, fishing, animal entertainment and, of course, the hidden atrocities of the billions of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses, can flourish?

In all this mayhem, where are the majority in this country who claim to believe in God? Why are they among the first in line to accuse animal advocates of being “self-righteous”? Isn’t it ironic that today, in sheer numbers, the round-the-clock slaughter of animals far exceeds anything that the ancients were able to do with all their sacrifices and “entertainment”? Yet, what are most of those who call themselves “Christians” doing to stem the tide of abuse?

As long as people continue to fund cruelty through money spent on animal- exploiting products and “charities” the atrocities will not only continue, they’ll escalate. Looking the other way and insulting the few, who are really trying to live by a higher standard for the good of all creation, will only lead to the earth’s destruction from which there will be no turning back.

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