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Re: “The Great Shark Slaughter

I’m so glad you wrote this piece about shark finning. It’s about time one of the visible, albeit regional, newspapers, wrote an article on the cruelty of and war on animals happening, and it’s happening all around the globe…the animal issue(s) is invisible as far as I can see and yet it is pervasive. Everywhere animals are abused in horrid ways at the hands of humans. It sickens my heart to think of it and indeed Ghandi’s quote about the integrity of a nation, of a world in this case, is so telling.
I want to address a couple of things mentioned in the article. I would like to clarify the issue in that it is NOT an attack on Asian culture or racist as some have claimed. This is an environmental issue, an animal rights issue, not a racist issue. Asians are welcome to be Asian, the Chinese can be as Chinese as they want. It’s the practice of inflicting cruelty and suffering on other sentient beings that is the issue and must stop. Can the Chinese not have all other traditions minus this one? Aren’t there plenty of other Chinese customs that can be carried out? The oceans are dying. Must the Chinese have this one tradition that helps it along? Can they not give it up for the sake of the good of all, the good of the Earth and those who live here? All of us...
One woman is quoted as saying something about, and I’m paraphrasing, “well you might as well outlaw chicken, beef, lamb, etc.” Well, duh… yeah. Agribusiness is another huge animal abuse issue and many races are the culprits. Millions of animals are living a horrid nightmare until they are killed in factory farms to feed our meat eating habit. Vegetarianism and veganism are the only compassionate way to get sustenance, this day and age. Unless perhaps you live on a farm and practice compassionate farming…I’m not apposed to eating meat, as long as the animal gets to live a life without suffering and dyes in a compassionate way, fast and painless, at the end of it’s life…we in the city don’t have that luxury of course. If we are to Harm None, and have the big picture in mind, caring for the environment, our home, this Earth we live on, and not self destruct (which it might be too late for that anyway) we must find other ways of getting the nutrients our bodies need and that would be from plant life…
There is more I could say but I will stop here. Again, THANK YOU very much for writing this article. The severe animal abuse issue needs to be brought to the forefront in a big way. Hopefully you have been part of that catalyst. Thank you!
Oakland resident since 2004

Posted by josefina.dandelion on 03/16/2011 at 9:13 PM

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