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But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time that they had been born to enjoyPlutarch Each year over five billion animals are consumed by Americans but most people sit and eat their hamburgers without even thinking where they come from Fact is that most people dont want to know the truth about animal consumption because they are afraid to realize that their barbaric practice of meat eating might be morally wrong and nobody likes to be wrong To protect the people from being wrong the truth is hidden from them by the meat industry dairy industry and all other corporations that profit from the torment and agony of others The truth is that animals are sentient beings with the ability to experience pain suffering and pleasure and clearly therefore must not be tortured abused or murdered for human benefit The opposition of the Animal Rights Movement believes that animals are inferior to man and therefore can justifiably be used for human pleasurebenefit For example Edwin Locke talking about animal rights activists says The animal rights terrorists are like the unabomber and Oklahoma city bombers They are not idealists seeking justice but nihilists seeking destruction for the sake of destruction It is true that some animal rights activists have resorted to destructive means after acts of peaceful protest and civil disobedience have failed to liberate the animals But if these people are terrorists then so were the soldiers that broke down the gates of Hitlers death camps and the members of the underground railroad who freed the slaves of the south and those who destroyed forever the gas chambers of Buchanwald and Auschwitz These destructive actions that very few animal rights activists partake in have absolutely nothing in common with the actions of the unabomber or Oklahoma city bombers because of the simple fact that the
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