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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.


Quotations about Animals – 2 July 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Here are three quotations that I think express much truth about the predicament of the other animals with whom we share this planet:

"The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history." – Edward Augustus Freeman (2 August 1823 – 16 March 1892) British Historian and Commentator

"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." – William Ralph Inge (6 June 1860 – 26 February 1954) Church of England clergyman, author, and professor of divinity at Cambridge.

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." – James Herriot (3 October 1916 – 23 February 1995) British veterinarian and author whose first two novels were compiled into the volume All Creatures Great and Small.

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