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The Madness of Humanity

October 7, 2014

On Facebook recently I stumbled across this quote:

“Isn`t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes – by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions 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, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for ‘Peace on Earth.”
― C. David Coats, author of “Old Macdonald’s factory farm”

It is nearly Christmas and the massive rubbish and slaughterfest that this iroutinely is, makes utter nonsense of all our wishes of good will towards all. We are trashing the whole earth – the home that sustains the lives of all of us, and most human beings go blindly on, day after day, oblivious and uncaring. Isn’t this some sort of insanity?

To celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace we will slaughter millions of turkeys who have been kept in very cramped, cruel conditions and have been bred so they put on muscle quickly. If ever they are rescued from this hell and put in a sanctuary, they do not live long, because the unnatural weight of their bodies puts too much strain on their legs and vital organs.

Read here about wild turkeys. Learn what magnificent animals they are. Feel the sorrow of what we have done to those we’ve enslaved for our use:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/wild-turkey/

The impact of animal agriculture on the environment is catastrophic, and yet people continue to put animal parts, eggs, cheese and milk in their shopping trolleys every week. Our planet and our own health are going to hell in a handcart.

Read here the UN’s own report on the issue, published in 2006 and still we are farming animals like there is no tomorrow. Well, perhaps there won’t be, soon. The report is called  Livestock’s Long Shadow.

ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a0701e/a0701e00.pdf

The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has this to say on how our food choices impact on the world’s hungry children:

” Every day forty thousand children die in the world for lack of food. We who overeat in the West, who are feeding grains to animals to make meat, are eating the flesh of these children”.

We are eating the world to death, eating millions into hardship and starvation, eating ourselves into sickness and premature death. Is this not some sort of madness?

“When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgement, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride, and when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.” Matthew Scully.

And, from Philip Wollen:

“Poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to livestock so we can eat a steak?  Am I the only one who sees this as a crime?”

I look out across my back garden, and marvel at Nature. To witness the disrespect  of the natural world and all its wonderful beings that is practised, daily,  by modern humans, seemingly without a thought, is the deepest sadness of my life. To feel so powerless to change all of this, is often depressing. Mountains of earth may be moved with teaspoons, given enough time, but – is there enough time left for us to wake up and start to restore, save and bless this earth, our beautiful home?

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