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This Christmas, Be Kind To Animals… ALL Animals

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”Gandhi

First off, I must apologize to my readers for the above video. There are disturbing images of animals being treated cruelly and slaughtered, and you don’t have to watch the video if you think it might upset you.

My intention is not to offend or disturb or disrupt your day, but to make an important point, and to share a bit of knowledge. As a matter of fact, posting this video is mainly for me, to remind me of one of the big reasons I’ve gone 100% raw. That I am opposed to the slaughtering of animals for food, and I don’t wish to share the guilt of the people who would bring me this food to eat, because I so desired it.

It’s just that I can’t see how people can love animals so much, have them as pets and friends, when other animals are designated to be treated so cruelly and viciously, then slaughtered for our consumption. It’s something that has always bothered me for the longest time.

Save The Baby Pigs Too

For example, I’ve seen baby pigs when I was in elementary school, when my class made a field trip to a local farm. Pigs are intelligent creatures. And can be kept as pets.

Once, on a vacation in the Philippines, because I was a guest, they wanted me to “do the honors” and help them slaughter a pig for a feast. They wanted me to slit the pig’s throat. Right away, I felt very awkward about it, and the closest I had gotten to doing it was to hold the knife to the pig’s throat…

And, I couldn’t go on with it. I simply couldn’t do it. And I walked away.

Later, I could hear the pig squeeling for its life in the distance. But this experience was one of the big reasons for me to switch to a vegan diet and promote kindness to ALL animals.

Over 100 Years of Mass Media Brainwashing

The big corporations that make billions of dollars have had so much power to further their illusion that eating animal flesh is good for you, yet continual consumption of animal foods leads to many chronic diseases… and we in turn are affected by the growth hormones and antibiotics the meat industry pumps into these poor animals. But the meat industry continually promotes the eating of animals, and they do so in such a way that makes it seem so inticing through ads and commercials. They package and promote their animal products in such a way as to make them appealing, and far distanced from the harsh realities of raising and slaughtering animals for food.

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”Paul McCartney

I don’t want to share the blame and guilt because of the slaughtering of billions of animals each year. I don’t want to be the person the meat industry is killing animals for…

And, I truly believe that we would help this planet greatly if we all ate a more plant-based diet, and I’m pretty sure we would help ourselves too in the long run…

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food…



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

4 COMMENTS
  1. Jim Dee

    I have a similar post in the works, documenting the precise moment vegetarianism really sunk in for me. That was a sad stoy about the pig. I’d be interested to read or hear an expanded version of that experience sometime.

  2. Jim Dee

    I have a similar post in the works, documenting the precise moment vegetarianism really sunk in for me. That was a sad stoy about the pig. I’d be interested to read or hear an expanded version of that experience sometime.

  3. randomguru

    jim: there’s a link to when i posted the original story but it’s pretty short too.

    there were other incidents that made a big impact on me going vegan, like the time my Mom bought a couple of chickens and there were like pets to me, playing with them in the backyard, until my Mom killed them by beheading them, for food.

    then there’s the time in boy scouts when we witnessed some farmers slaughter a cow. it just made me think that I could never do that myself for food. why would i indirectly hire someone else to butcher these poor animals for my benefit?

  4. randomguru

    jim: there’s a link to when i posted the original story but it’s pretty short too.

    there were other incidents that made a big impact on me going vegan, like the time my Mom bought a couple of chickens and there were like pets to me, playing with them in the backyard, until my Mom killed them by beheading them, for food.

    then there’s the time in boy scouts when we witnessed some farmers slaughter a cow. it just made me think that I could never do that myself for food. why would i indirectly hire someone else to butcher these poor animals for my benefit?

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