Letter to thousands of nonhuman animals


Yesterday I came across a beautiful letter of apology that was written to the thousands of nonhuman animals who had suffered and died to satisfy one man’s appetite for animal foods.

Dear thousands of cows, chickens, fish, shrimp, pigs and insects,

I paid someone to hold you captive in tight quarters. To remove your genitals, your beaks, your tails and to brand you, all while wide awake and without anesthesia. To forcibly impregnate you and keep you that way all your life. I paid them to remove you from your children and from your parents at birth. And finally to kill you. I paid them to treat you as a commodity, a slave, as an object that existed only for my benefit. As if you could not suffer, or as if it didn’t matter if you could or not. All of this when it was unnecessary to do so. I did this solely for my own pleasures. A tasty meal, a full belly. You gave me comfort, you gave me a way to fit in with others and with the crowd. You gave me a center piece around which I and my family could celebrate. You were there to fill an empty space when I had a longing that I didn’t know how to fix. You made me feel safe. I know you can’t answer me directly, but I want to make this right. I feel I do not yet understand how to do this fully. Until then I will do what I can.

I love you,

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17 Responses to “Letter to thousands of nonhuman animals”

  • Lindsey Says:

    Great find! We can only hope that eventually everyone will find their way to the same understanding Eric now has.


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  • rob Says:

    You are aware that it is entirely possible to gain sustenance from an animal, while ensuring that it does not suffer, and also ensuring that it’s loved and cared for properly during it’s life, yes?

    Additionally, I’m guessing that your knowledgeable to the fact that plant life exists in the same manner that animal life exists. Plants breath, breed, require air and food to survive, and also respond to emotion. They also bleed, starve, drown, and die, just like animals.

    But it’s ok to grow acres and acres of crops, with the sole purpose being to chop it down with massive machinery, and then cut it into to tiny pieces.

    If mass production and slaughter of plant life is ok simply because you can’t hear plants scream, and can’t measure the pain they’re in based on physiological data when their killed, then put a mussel on cows and stop being a hypocrite.

    Don’t make omnivores look bad, just because you’re not in tune enough with nature and plant life to recognize it’s pain.


    sharon vegan Reply:

    I guess you are a carnivore, as this is always the reply of someone who eats animal flesh, desparately trying to make themselves feel better..
    A plant is not sentient, a plant does not form bonds and attachments to family, it is totally ridiculous to compare the two. Your opening statement in itself says it all..ENSURING IT DOES NOT SUFFER…let me take you to a foreign place, away from your friends, let me aim a stun gun at your head, hoping i get it correct and make you unconscious. Let me slit your throat then tell me you did not suffer,
    As far as the acres of trees cut down..THEY ARE CUT DOWN TO GROW FODDER FOR THE ANIMALS YOU EAT…this produce alone would feed the starving population 3 times over, not only do you damage the planet, murder sentient beings to eat their flesh, you also take food from the starving…do not try and justify that by a plant has feelings, there simply is no comparison. Grow a pair of balls and become a man


  • Ed Says:

    I come across these same stale arguments from omnivores all the time. On the assumption that other omnis may be reading this let me once again highlight the flaws:

    1. Whether or not it is possible to raise & kill animals without suffering, that is NOT what is happening in the meat industry today. The suffering animals undergo to prodice meat, eggs, dairy is immense and inexcusable. It is delusional to pretend that the meat you eat came from “loved and cared for” animals.

    2. Plants do not have nervous systems or brains. But even if they could feel pain, the number of plants killed to produce a meat based diet is many times larger than the number killed for a vegan diet. The animals must produce and maintain bones, fur, ears, colon, blood, lungs, tendons, and especially metabolic processes; these all require plant food and as far as I know no human eats them. We only consume the muscles which represent only a small part of the plants that the animal ate.

    I always hope these bankrups old arguments will fade away but people seem to cling to them. Not sure why. As a denial mechanism maybe?


  • Pintu Says:

    Hello Ed,

    Thanks for the nice reply above.I had almost a same argument from a friend! she was telling me that milk and water are the only two things that we get without torturing any creature! I send her videos, articles….. but she concluded that she will continue to have milk(she is Non-Veg still, but would like to become a Vegetarian someday but not a Vegan)!


  • Smiley Says:

    Thanks for sharing. Always good to find a real erpxet.


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