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Compromise and Corruption – 17 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

There are certain things about which one should not compromise, otherwise corruption results. The truly great people who change the world for the better do not compromise their ideals. They are the ones who try to make the world a better place for everyone – humans and nonhumans alike. Unfortunately, in many cases, their passing soon brings on the kinds of compromise or “selling out” that ushers in the corruption of those ideals.

One example of a spiritual leader whose teachings have been watered down is John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church. In his day he was oftentimes opposed by leaders of the Anglican Church, of which he was a member. As a matter of fact, it was not his original intent to found a new denomination. Nowadays, some of John Wesley’s writings are ignored by the very denomination that claims him as their founder. His views on kindness to animals and vegetarianism are an obvious inconvenience, particularly since fund raising revolves around “roast beast” dinners and other such functions that serve animal parts and secretions.

Other examples of compromise and corruption are the large “environmental” or “conservation” organizations that support hunting or the selective killing of animals. They “talk out of both sides of their mouth,” as the saying goes! And then there are the people who promote the nonsense of “humane” animal-derived products. Supporting such businesses merely prolongs the cruelty that is inherent in animal agriculture: Milk is produced by pregnant animals and the male offspring sooner or later end up in the slaughterhouse, just as their mothers do when they are no longer able to produce milk.

Wishful thinking about “happy cows” and “old McDonald’s farm” is nothing but compromise that ends up in corruption and cruelty.

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