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A Letter To My Meat Eating Friends
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A Letter To My Meat Eating Friends

To my meat eating friends,

Think about the following situation.

Could you bear to see your dog or cat in pain? How would you feel if they were taken away from you and put in a tiny cage with nowhere to go, where they couldn’t enjoy their life, solely because they were born into the dog/cat species? They didn’t choose to be born a dog or cat, they just were, and because of that, they were a product, not a life.

Would you be okay with that? Or would you use your voice to tell the world how wrong that was?

I see many of you protest the circus, Yulin, and SeaWorld, and talk about “animal liberation”, yet you support an industry that tortures and slaughters more than 56 billion animals yearly.

I think the majority of people are against animal cruelty, and cringe when they see any kind of video that is showing an animal being abused. I know I have had conversations about the treatment of farm animals on factory farms with my cousins, and they were disgusted, yet they both still eat meat.

Any sane person cannot sit and watch any kind of animal being tortured and in pain. And that is why we pay other people to do the dirty work for us and act like animals have this beautiful life up until their death. We choose to ignore the pain and suffering they go through just so we can enjoy a hamburger or bacon.

But we take part in the movements that are convenient for us, and that don’t involve a lifestyle change.

If you can’t stand to think about your precious dog or cat in pain, please take a moment to think about all the animals who are currently being abused, raped, and killed just because of the species they were born into.

If you think it’s wrong to hurt dogs, or to hold animals in captivity, then you have the same principles that vegans hold so close to their heart. You’re just disconnected from the truth.

I know the next time you hear about the Yulin dog festival your heart will sink. You’ll feel anger, sadness, and think, “How could people do this? How is taking the life of an innocent animal okay?”

It’s not. It’s never okay to take away another being's right to life. That includes all species.

It’s not okay to take a pig’s life away or a cow’s life or a chicken’s life or any animal's life; because all animals feel pain.

Pigs are actually ranked as one of the smartest land animals, right next to chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants.

So please, take the time to educate yourself. If you believe dogs shouldn’t suffer, then please extend that same love to all animals of the planet.

"You know how much you love, respect and want to protect every dog and cat in the world? You know how much your heart breaks when you see a picture of a dog in a shelter who is going to be killed? You know how you feel when you see photos of piles of dead dogs and cats who are going to be used for fur? You know how enraged you get when you see a photo of a dog or cat who has been beaten to death? That’s how vegans feel about all animals. Every animal who is exploited and murdered for food, clothing, entertainment and “research.” We don’t distinguish between dogs and cats and other animals. If you allowed yourself to feel the deep suffering that billions of animals endure for your pleasure, you’d be vegan, too. And you might understand why vegans work so hard to end the animal holocaust." —Gary Smith  

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  1. Support
    Thanks for sharing this with us, Alix. It really puts things into perspective.
  2. johannstolzz
    Excellent post. Many people find it hard to make the connection between animal suffering and eating meat. I used to hunt animals and it took me a while to make the connection. The fear and terror of animals is there, when they know they are about to die.


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