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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.


Byproducts of the Flesh Trade – 12 August 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

“Fifty-two billion pounds of inedible byproduct (bones, fats, unusable hides, and cartilage) from America’s meat and poultry slaughterhouses is each year transmogrified by “renderers” into saleable adhesives, lubricants, chemicals, cosmetics, and processed food ingredients – a grisly but profitable side business of the flesh trade. This amount, however, does not include the 6 billion pounds of dead stock that accumulate on U.S. feedlots. It must also be dealt with. …only half of it is rendered…. If buried, dead stock…leaches nitrogen and methane into the environment, and poisons the groundwater. If burned – usually the case when mortalities are catastrophic due to weather events or disease outbreaks – pyres will poison the air with dioxin. If composted, the process is often poorly managed, failing to adequately promote full decomposition….” – From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice 

Besides the obvious reasons of compassion, do you see why we try to avoid using products made with animal-derived ingredients? And with the world-wide dramatic increase in meat and dairy consumption, I think that humans are in a very precarious position as far as the possibility of a pandemic taking place. One would think that people (even if they don’t care about the horrific suffering of other animals) would at least care enough about their own and their loved ones’ health and well-being to insist on an end to this carnivorous insanity.

Going vegan is the only sane, logical way to avoid all the dangers that are part and parcel of this out-of-control corruption.

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