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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.


Our Feathered Friends – 29 December 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

I wonder how many people realize that birds are exempted from even the limited protections of the federal Humane Slaughter Act and Animal Welfare Act, as well as from most state anti-cruelty laws.

In their March 2008 issue, National Geographic magazine devoted many pages with photos to their cover feature, “Inside Animal Minds,” which was about the scientific studies that prove the amazing intelligence of nonhuman animals. Among them were birds such as the Western Scrub Jay that “Recalls the past, plans for the future”; the African Grey Parrot who “Counted; knew colors, shapes, and sizes; had basic grasp of the abstract concept of zero.”; and the New Caledonian Crow who “Solves problems and creates and uses tools – once thought the domain solely of primates.” As stated in the article, “This is the larger lesson of animal cognitive research: It humbles us. We are not alone in our ability to invent or plan.”

Karen Davis, founder of United Poultry Concerns, was the first in the U.S. to bring cruelty to poultry to the public’s attention. She says: “Chickens have individual personalities, distinctive identities, and unique ways of expressing themselves. Native to the forests of India and Southeast Asia, factory-farmed chickens never feel the sun or soft grass or see the sky overhead. They never know the comfort of a mother hen’s wing or the pleasure of parenting their chicks. Every day in the United States and the world, tens of millions of chickens are raised in filth and misery and are brutally slaughtered. They go to slaughter sick, crippled, and filled with diseases that get passed to consumers – Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Avian Influenza, Arthritis, and more. Chicken is Not a health food.”

Two thousand years ago Jesus spoke of the loving way that hens protect their chicks (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34):

Matthew 23:37

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”

Now if humans would only admit the obvious truth and stop their psychopathic treatment of other animals!

Also visit:

United Poultry Concerns – 13 August 2007 

Chicken – 2 October 2007 

Chicken Torture – 1 June 2007 

Turkeys – 25 January 2008  

Go on to: Puppy Mills – 30 December 2008
Return to: The Golden Rule – 28 December 2008
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