Fore mostly, I thank God for living in a land where I do not go hungry --
where I even have food to share with my rescued cats and hungry birds. And then I thank
Him for giving me a compassionate heart, and I am always happy to read about
others He has favored in this same way. Today I loved reading on Care2 about
Steve Williams' experience on the road to veganism at the ages of 13. He
remembered that he had been involved in a religion class debate about the ethics of
whether animal testing for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals is ever justifiable.
argue against animal testing --not from a moral standpoint but just because
he felt strongly that using animals in this way or any other way was simply
In essence he felt that cosmetic testing was never justifiable as well as
problems with animal testing for medical purposes because treating thinking
and feeling creatures as objects and as a means to an end was intrinsically
He won the debate but was profoundly shaken when his teacher asked him
later-that if he felt so strongly about animal rights, why then was he eating
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This question really shook him up since he had never connected the two
ideas- that the same arguments he was using against using animals in cosmetic testing
and biomedical research should also apply to what he ate. And to his credit,
he realized that he would have to stop eating meat.
He told his dad that night when his father had ironically stocked the
freezer with all kinds of meats and you can well imagine that it did not go down very well
with him. Not wishing to hurt his father- he said he would eat meat until it was all
gone. But this father of this special young man was also very special as well and
told him --"Don't come in here saying it's a moral thing and then go back on it.
You'll have a lot worse than me telling you off so if you're going to do it, you should
commit to it now." What a dad! I am grateful for both father and son.
GRATEFUL TO NATALIE FOR CHOOSING A LIVE FOX
Every Thanksgiving In Defense of Animals rallies the "troops" to
demonstrate against the wearing of fur coats. In Cleveland I would see these
compassionate people with posters parading around the then Higbee's store downtown. It
always made me feel good to see them because I firmly believed that fur always
looks better on its original owners.
However, this event took place in Russia. I always felt bad when cameras
in Russia would focus on the people who during winter invariably wore fur hats and/or
coats. So when Aleks Gaintseva wanted to surprise his wife Natalia with a new fur
coat, he would be in for a big surprise.
When he took her to the fur farm in Barnaul, Russia she too was in for a
big surprise. She saw the frightened black fox imprisoned in a pen. She saw her cowering
at the back of the cage and immediately felt sorry for her. Gaintseve saw her as
a beautiful little fox looking at her with gorgeous big eyes.
Then she surprised her husband by telling him that she would much rather
buy her and release her than have her killed and WEAR HER. So this lucky little
fox- per Susan Bird who wrote this post on Care2 went home with the Gainstevas where she
has become their pet. She is well fed and happy with the woman with a big heart
who saw her as a sentient being instead of something pretty to wear. Were
there millions more like this compassionate Natalie.
FUR FARMS DESCRIPTION BY SUSAN BIRD
"There's nothing good to say about an animal's life on a fur farm. They
live crammed together in small cages and pens. They live their lives in sheds, never
going outside or running free. They live and eat in the same tiny space in which they
urinate and defecate.
After that sad life, they die hard deaths. To avoid damaging the fur,
workers frequently slaughter the animals in a particularly painful and cruel manner --anal or
China exports about half of the world's finished fur garments. It's a
country known for killing fur-producing animals by skinning them alive, hanging them or
bludgeoning them to death."
There is more to Susan's article and I am sure you can find this
information on the internet if interested. Sufficeth to say that compassionate people will not
buy anything made from the fur of tortured animals. Be also wary of faux fur which real
fur is sometimes labeled to fool the buyer. I would not even buy faux fur out of
respect for the millions and millions of innocent fur-bearing animals killed in
places like China, Canada, the United States and even some other places as well.