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What is Animal Truth?

Story ID:10144
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various various
Year:2014
Person:C.David Coats
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I believe Jesus asked someone this question- What is truth? Obviously, He is truth
personified. All we can do is hopefully seek truth out in our own lives which reflects
His truth, and when fortunate to find elements of it- embrace them wholeheartedly.

You have often heard as I re this question that there are three “truths” – your truth,
my truth, and God’s truth. If only we were intent on seeking God’s truth. Well, for
me- this wonderful truth was reflected in a piece from Old MacDonald’s Factory
Farm by C. David Coats. Joseph Sackett shared it with us on the Vegan Facebook
site. Coats’ thoughts are so succinct and truthful -at least in my opinion, and probably
the opinion of many others who are willing to recognize the truth even when its
painful to do so. Here it is:

ISN’T MAN AN AMAZING ANIMAL?
HE KILLS WILDLIFE BY THE MILLION IN ORDER TO PROTECT HIS
DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND THEIR FEED. THEN HE KILLS
DOMESTIC ANIMALS BY THE BILLION AND EATS THEM.
THIS IN TURN KILLS MAN BY THE MILLION,
BECAUSE EATING ALL THOSE ANIMALS LEADS
TO DEGENERATIVE – AND FATAL-HEALTH CONDITIONS.
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 CARDS PRAYING FOR “PEACE ON EARTH.”

So sad and yet beautiful in its “truth.” I just have to add how cruel we can be to animals
for “entertainment” as well. Nedim Buyukmihci, PhD asked us on Facebook to sign
“Bring an end to the practice of ‘dancing bears.’ Victoria, the dancing bear of Nepal-
as a cub had a hot rod pierce her nuzzle so that a rope could come through it and her
nose –whereby cruel handlers forced her to dance.

The pain of the rod and the jerking of the rope through her sensitive nose – only man can
devise such cruelty. Thankfully, Victoria was rescued, but how many more bears are out
there who were not, and are today still living this life of nightmare and torture? We hope
the petition will evoke sympathy and awareness in Nepal and this cruelty will stop.

If I live to be a 100, I will never understand how man can be so cruel to his fellow living
creatures. We forget that they are God’s creatures first and He could never approve of
treating them cruelly.