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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.


Garbage – 8 March 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Broiler litter – the manure, bedding, and other waste from chicken facilities – is digestible by cattle and far cheaper than feed grains. Feeding broiler litter to cattle has grown increasingly common over the past several years. Some feedlots give cattle a mixture of 50 percent grain and 50 percent broiler litter. Meanwhile, Illinois State University is promoting the concept of feeding cattle a combination of ground newsprint and table scraps from university dining halls. On the grounds that their animals are ruminants (mammals of the suborder Ruminantia, including cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes), cattle producers are legally entitled to feed their animals garbage and other products generally banned as food for pigs and other animals.
– From Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus, page 136.

Whenever I’m shopping in a supermarket, I can’t help but wonder how many people would buy the animal products being sold – meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc. – if they realized how they are produced. Add to the filth and cruelty involved in production, the obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. that result from their consumption, and I begin to wonder what it’s going to take to wake folks up to the fact that they are really hurting themselves. I guess learned habits can be hard to break, so most people choose to stay in ruts, even when they are potentially destructive.

My husband Frank and I feel so blessed to have made the change to a vegan lifestyle over twenty years ago. It’s so much easier to be vegan!

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