So many of my Facebook friends tout their love of animals. I too am an animal lover. My whole Family loves animals very much.
Loving animals means doing no harm to them. It means compassion and kindness. And if you truly feel that you are an animal lover, then you can no longer turn a blind eye to the incredible torture, suffering and murder of millions upon millions of innocent and helpless creatures. And doing so simply to satisfy your taste buds is beyond abominable.
I can only imagine that most of the German population turned the same blind eye to the mass extermination of over 6 MILLION Jews during Hitler’s reign. They didn’t want to see inside Auschwitz, just as most people do not want to see what goes on inside the slaughterhouses here in the United States. In just the US alone, we murder over 108 BILLION animals each year for food. An unfathomable number I’m sure for most of you.
Now imagine looking in the eyes of each of these beautiful creatures, hearing their screams, pleading for mercy. You see it’s not just a steak, a sandwich, bacon, or fish fry. It’s a living, breathing and feeling being. It’s every baby calf being ripped away from its Mother at birth so it can be sold as veal. Never once tasting the milk that its Mother produced for it. While the Mother is returned to a milking machine, re-impregnated, and suffer the remainder of her short life until the poor creature becomes another life headed to the slaughterhouse.
And it is likely that most do not want to consider the billions of male chicks that are disposed of in 55 gallon drums and suffocated to death, because only females lay eggs. You see, it’s not just an Egg McMuffin. It’s cruelty beyond anything most of us can imagine the human race being capable of. But not only are we capable of being the cruelest animals on the planet, but our minds are capable of blocking out the truth of these horrific atrocities.
Each one of has a choice, and we can each make a difference. We can stop subscribing to this horrific practice. We can stop accepting this as normal and acceptable. We can save lives, save ourselves and save our planet. There is absolutely no down side unless you feel that your taste buds are more important than all the suffering in the World.
How many times can you turn away?
“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
“May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values, and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most, those who have no voice, those who have no choice.”
~ Colleen Patrick-Goudreau