Peace on Earth??? Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth." ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo
Believe me when I say I share your frustration with the state of the world, in particular the plight of animals. I am a vegetarian and animal lover - I've shared my life with dogs, cats, and horses; every bug in my house has been escorted outside in a Kleenex, not flushed, if it is not wanted! I deplore the inhumane treatment of animals, I consider animals and humans as souls sharing the same plane.Yes, people can be totally absurd as you point out, but this is due to ignorance and a resistance to change. But I do think we are seeing changes in terms of how we see our food sources and our relationship to animals. There are authors and speakers such as Michael Pollan and Temple Grandin for example, pioneering new thoughts on these subjects, and Peta works hard to deliver information to the public for the betterment of animals. This would have been unheard of 20 years ago. We all want peace, and we wish it routinely, sometimes without thought in the holiday rush. But here's the deal. We become what we think about the most. If we don't think about peace, we won't see it. So even wishing for peace once a year is, as my grandfather used to say, "better than nuthin." It is the first step of a journey. The transformation of society's ills will also come with the passion of people like you who see the wrongs and want to make them right. I think we need both, a clear understanding of the current picture, and the hopeful vision of what we want to achieve.Thanks for your comment and the videos, Anonymous, I wish you a better 2010.
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