"Until one has loved an animal a part
of one's soul remains un-awakened.
- Anatole France
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Does the soul of a New York Steak-eater differ from a
dog-eating man From Seoul? What's the sole difference?
New York is about 6,900 miles from Seoul. My
airplane ride lasted over 14 hours.
I stayed with a family who rescues farm animals,
but on special occasions, they eat dogs. At a recent
conference in Connecticut, I met a group of
people who rescue Greyhound racing dogs by
placing some into loving families and putting
others up for adoption. Each and every member
of this group eats farm animals. Is there
really a difference between the two groups?
I know one New York state woman who owns an animal
sanctuary, giving eternal refuge to crippled dogs
that few humans would ever adopt, while eating
chicken, claiming that she herself is too sick
to eat an entirely plant-based diet.
Many AR activists who march and hold up signs,
or scream slogans at women and men wearing furs,
continue to drink milk and eat cheese, and
in doing so, participate in supporting the
most abusive of farm practices.
The majority of animal rights advocates wage war
upon factory farm practices by promoting so-called
compassionate animal slaughter laws. These altruistic
but misguided people promote larger living spaces
for doomed animals, and raise and spend millions of
dollars by sending out multiple mailings under the
guise of rescuing and providing sanctuary for these
animals, all fated to die under the sharp blade of
a butcher's knife. Seems to me that at the moment of
death, the unfortunate animal does not give a damn,
and dies with pain and fear.
Many pleas for your funds promise and misrepresent
that you will be adopting an animal. They do not tell
you that their sanctuaries are filled with animals,
and there is no longer any room for one or two more of
the ten billion who will die this year. Your dollars
will not be used to adopt an animal. Instead, your money
will be used to adopt the philosophy of promoting animal
welfare which exists to further betray animals.
Many people write about animal rights issues and
never participate in a rescue. For them, heartbeats
rarely challenge the upper limits of those
adrenalin-driven experiences which really make the
difference to abused animals.
I meet so few animal advocates who are
uncompromisingly true to the spirit of
total harmlessness to all living creatures.
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"Every moment and every event of every man's
life on earth plants something in his soul."
- Thomas Merton