Sunday, August 10, 2008
Dear Those in the Animal-Abuse Industry:
The national conference for the animal-rights movement is approaching, and I expect some of you to be there. After all, if the FBI is interested in infiltrating vegan potlucks, then surely they -- and those in the animal-abuse industry -- will want to attend the movement's biggest event.
I'll be looking forward to reading your reports. But while you're at AR2008, instead of focusing on veggie bumper stickers like in previous years, think about why 1,000 people would come to this conference from around the world. We're not being paid to attend. We have to cover our own airfare, hotel accommodations and food. We have to take vacation days from work -- likely not paid vacation days for many. We'll be spending four days listening to speaker after speaker in a hotel when we could be lounging on a beach in the Caribbean.
So why will we be there? We'll be there because we care about animals. Plain and simple. We don't get paid to care about them. We care about them because we care about justice, compassion and respect. We detest injustice, suffering, torture and slaughter.
We also care about the truth. The truth that farmed animals live lives of misery until they are murdered. The truth that meat production releases more greenhouse gases than does transportation. The truth that many cancers (and heart disease) can be prevented by abstaining from animal protein.
The truth that animals in the circus are beaten to behave in ways they wouldn't naturally. The truth that fur comes from animals who are anally electrocuted. The truth that the AKC supports puppy mills. The truth that animal testing is barbaric and unnecessary.
The animal-abuse industry pays a lot of money to keep these truths hidden. But we believe that people deserve to know the truth -- and that animals will benefit from this knowledge.
Perhaps it's naive, but I hope that while you're taking notes about the goings-on of AR2008 (so you can report back to your various animal-abuse industries), you'll come to realize that animals are worth more than the profit they provide you. That their lives -- like those of human animals -- have intrinsic value that our monetary system cannot comprehend.
Please come to AR2008 not with dollar signs in your heads, but with hearts and souls in your body.
An Animal Advocate
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