From all-creatures.org
and The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation

Letter from Barbara About Returning to Being Vegan - 30 May 2010

I have been to your web site before. I watched the video regarding veganism. It is wonderful. How empowering.

I was a vegetarian for several years. After a while I became vegan. Some very tragic things have happened in my life (which is no excuse). During these periods I did the unthinkable... I started eating flesh again. I knew everything there is to know about factory farming, but it didn't stop me from directly contributing to the inherently evil factory farming system. I was an animal rights activist.

I continue to go through very difficult times. Suffering is a major issue for me. I recently watched two videos on line. One is abuse of dairy cows at a factory farm. The other is abuse of pigs at a factory farm in Philadelphia. Although I've seen this before, seeing these videos now really jolted me. It does no good to sit at my computer, watch these videos and cry.

I have been such a hypocrite. I went to my kitchen an threw away some things that weren't vegan and will return others to the store so I will get cash back and buy only vegan food from now on. My financial situation is such that I can't afford to throw away everything -- laundry powder, bleach, dish-washing liquid cleanser, etc. I am also in a position where it will be difficult for me to get to a Whole Foods market. I may be able to get someone to take me there once a month or every two weeks. I can no longer afford organic food, but out of necessity I will purchase non-organic foods at a supermarket close by.

I love your web site. I knew if I visited it again I would find answers and direction. Thank you so very much.

I'm going to look further into your web site because I am Catholic and I detest the attitude Christians have about animals. I will get no support there. I am considering changing my religion. What religion can I chose that believes in Jesus Christ and veganism and/or vegetarianism. Was Jesus vegetarian. What about all the fish he help Peter and the other apostles catch? I heard recently that the Pope said something kind about animals i.e. that we should not be cruel to them. PETA sent him a thank you letter.

I am disabled and can't participate in animal rights activities. I have seven cats that get the best care available. I sign petitions and write comments and letters to politicians. Now, no flesh will ever touch my lips again. I will also ditch dairy. I look forward to hearing from you. Your web site is truly an inspiration.

Thank you for being there.

For the Animals,

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Barbara:

Thank you very much for writing. Your return to being vegan made our day!

We also believe that you health will improve being on an unprocessed whole food vegan diet. And, we buy most things in our local supermarkets, so don't worry about not being able to go to specialty stores very often. We also are able to keep our food budget down to about $4.60 per day per person, and if we were on a tight budget, we could do it for even less. Please take a look at our Recipe Section.

There really isn't any Christian Religion that is truly for vegan living, which is the reason that our ministry is so important to show the world and the church God's true compassionate creation and heavenly intent, and at the same time help them to end their participation in the all the worldly cruelties, suffering and death.

We also host a vegetarian/vegan Christian email discussion group, and would love to have you join us, if you are interested.

We look forward to hearing from you again.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary