Easter Editorial by Billye Thompson
- Happy Easter everybody! Or is it?
On this day the owners of factory farms are going to church to
worship their Lord, and promising to Him that they will follow His
word and obey His laws. Following that service, they will sit down
in their perfectly cleaned houses to a lovely family gathering of
food and drink, and they will be at peace.
However, it's just too bad that factory farmed animals are still in
their filthy miserable conditions, who, if they can reach it, are
forced to eat a concocted substance that is so gruesome that you
wouldn't find anything in a landfill that would compare.
These animals know no holidays. They know no peace, and they can't
tell the world in a language we understand that we shouldn't be
treating them in this fashion. They can't tell the world that they
are here for their own reasons, and not to serve us, or to be our
slaves, or our objects of manipulation. It's up to humankind to look
at them, and realize this on our own, from our own human spirit of
kindness. We know what is right, but can we do the right thing?
If I could put some photos in this spot I would. Photos of the
crammed filthy cages with drugged up genetically altered innocent
creatures staring out, begging someone to come and help them, to
free them, to release them from THEIR burden.
Photos of agonizingly miserable egg-laying hens that are crammed for
years into wire floor cages, in order to provide eggs, which took up
to 37 hours to lay, for a nation of uninformed moms and dads so they
can be dyed and hidden for fun and games. Or for an item on a plate
that could have just as easily been an item that was NOT brought
about by suffering.
Photos of what that Easter ham being used as a morbid centerpiece
started out to be.
Photos of terrified shackled birds hanging upside down awaiting
their turn, while seeing, hearing, and smelling the death of those
who went before them.
Photos of tractor trailor sized trucks carrying loads of animals
down the road at 60 miles an hour in freezing rain and snow, or
swealtering 100 degree heat. Then leaving them to sit outside the
slaughterhouse in the cold, rain, or wind, or beating sun for up to
ten hours with no water or food, even now hearing the sounds, and
smelling the stinch of the death that will await them if they live
to go inside.
Photos of animals who would surely take their own lives if they knew
how, and would definitely wish to not be born if they had to live
Photos of innocent animals who under NO circumstance deserve this
fate that humankind has placed upon them.
Animals live simply. They do not judge us, nor hate us for who we
vote for, or the relion we are or aren't, or if we're fat or thin,
pretty or ugly, rich or poor. They do not wage war, nor pollute the
land, water, or air. They have done nothing to harm us, they only
help us. But yet we torture them and use them for our own selfish
purposes and whims.
Until each and every animal has been freed to live it's life without
suffering and manipulation, we won't stop. We can't stop. We will be
educating the world about the suffering of animals each day, every
day, until animals suffer no more at the greedy hands of humans.
Animals suffer as much as we do. It is our duty to make the whole
world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all
living beings, humanity will not find peace."
- Albert Schweitzer