The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation


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Letter from Beth Graves about Cruelty to Animals - 2 April 2004


My name is Beth. I don't really know how to get my story started here; it's a long one. First of all I want to say that you have won me over and opened my eyes and I will never again put flesh of any kind in my mouth. I may starve, but at least I will know in my heart that I did my part to say - it's NOT ok to treat animals like this.

I was raised in a small town here in Missouri. My family was poor and we raised pigs to eat and sell, and I can remember being 7 or 8 years old when my daddy taught me how to shoot a gun and go squirrel hunting and trapping with him. I can honestly say my dad was never cruel to any animal, but he was raised to believe that you did what you had to do to eat and survive. He only taught me what he had been taught. Well, I'm 31 years old now and have seen first hand the cruelty that humans hand out to each other, so why are we surprised that an animal would not matter to them.

I have a VERY big soft spot in my heart for animals. I love and spoil my dogs and cat as much as my own children. But when you go to the grocery store, I don't think people think about where that steak or pork chop came from. I certainly never have till now. My best friend’s 15-year-old daughter turned vegan recently and we laughed about it and said – oh, she's 15 just trying to get some attention. Well, I must admit that little girl is smarter than I.

I found your website on accident as I said. I love animals and love to read stories about them. After I looked at the pictures it made me sick; I mean literally. I got sick. I saw the pictures of the greyhounds and the horses (I've always thought dog and horse racing was cruel) but especially the dogs, cause in every one of their eyes I saw sadness and that is not something I can deal with right now, as I lost my baby boy Sammy in January of this year. No, Sammy was not a person; he was my dog, but yeah, he was my son, too. My husband bought Sammy for us right after we were married 3 years ago. He was 8 weeks old and the orneriest little terror you ever met. He had the heart and bravery of a lion in a Min Pin body. He loved us so much and would have done anything to protect us, but in the end we let him down because we could not protect him. He ran out the door one day after a squirrel and ran across the road and got hit by a truck and he was gone. He was only 2 1/2 years old and I had worried how I would be able to put him down when he got old. Well, I guess what I'm trying to say is that animals suffer enough by accident.

PLEASE keep telling people the truth, there is NO reason why an animal should be made to suffer purposely. NO REASON at all. I hope that you keep up the good work and let everyone know the truth; I know I will help spread it around. Thank you for opening my eyes!

Reply by Frank L. Hoffman

Dear Beth:

Thank you very much for your very touching letter about your "awakening" and how it has changed your life. We don't think you'll starve! Take a look at our recipe section.  

We were sorry to hear about Sammy and his untimely death. He is with God and one day you will see him again.

Thanks also for your encouraging words about our ministry.

In the Love of the Lord,


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