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Motivated By Compassion – 20 October 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Over the years, my husband Frank and I have observed that those who are motivated by compassion to adopt a vegan lifestyle are oftentimes more likely to stay with it over the long run.

Personally, compassion outweighs any other motivation; and, do you know what? As a side benefit, we are rewarded with excellent health. Add to that all the many benefits that accrue with a vegan lifestyle: lower health costs (a huge concern in this country); less global warming (worldwide, livestock production produces 18 percent of human’s greenhouse gas – more than all forms of travel); a more peaceful world, since the intrinsic cruelty and suffering involved in industrial animal agriculture spills over into human to human relationships; a clear conscience that comes with knowing that you are limiting, as far as possible, your complicity to the suffering of others, et cetera.

And for those who are motivated by religious teachings, Galatians 5:22-23 states:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
~ New American Standard Bible

You can’t kill animals or have others kill them for you and still have these spiritual qualities mentioned in the above scripture. But, it seems that most people who are motivated by compassion also have these qualities.

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