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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.


Dirty Secrets – 1 April 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

The huge, powerful meat and dairy industries are very secretive about the oppressive conditions affecting not only their non-human victims, but also their human workers, many of whom are foreigners – Mexican, Latin American, and Asian. Even though meat packing is the most dangerous industry in the United States, workers are so afraid of being fired, that most are silent about the suffering that they endure; and many vent their frustration in horrific cruelty toward the animals who are at their mercy.

In any discussion about animal abuse and slaughterhouses, it is very important to include the dairy industry because, once their milk production wanes, cows are expendable and sent to the slaughterhouse. Of course, since the milk production of cows depends on the birth of calves, the vicious cycle continues as their male babies, after cruel confinement, are killed for veal.

“Due to oppressive conditions…turnover rates in many plants soar. After quitting, thousands of legal and illegal workers recruited from pockets of unemployment end up looking to slaughterhouse communities to pick up the social costs associated with their joblessness and resulting crime. Disabled workers…find it impossible to ever work again. Drained of their usefulness to the slaughterhouse, they’re cast aside, reminders of a system that places nearly as little value on human life as it does on animal life.”
– From: Slaughterhouse – The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry by Gail A. Eisnitz.

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