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From: Stephanie (
Subject: First time seeing animals on the way to slaughter...
Date: December 19, 2002 at 8:56 pm PST

I am not a new vegetarian, but today I had an awakening. As I was on my way to work, I passed a truck on the freeway that was transporting hundreds of chickens jammed into cages so small, the birds couldn't even stand up. Of course I've seen photographs of things like this before, but I've never seen it "in real life." I live in Southern California, and we don't really have much of a country atmosphere here. But today when I pulled up next to the truck and saw feathers flying, I knew it was going to be bad. It broke my heart to see those chickens like that, and to know that they would suffer a horrible fate. They were being blasted by the wind. It was so sad. I couldn't imagine traveling like that. Who knows how long they had to stay that way. I wanted to do something so badly, like high-jack the truck or something and rescue the chickens. But I knew that was impossible so I just drove by, feeling awful. My only comfort is the fact that I will never eat a chicken ever again, and in that way I can at least help a little. Seeing it in person makes it real, and it makes it very easy to stay passionate about my beliefs, and to do all that I can for the animals.

What kind of world do we live in, when there are trucks on the road that transport live cows and have the words "Eat more beef" painted on the back? The beef truck is the only other livestock transport truck that I've ever seen, and luckily there were no cows in it at the time. It makes me wonder about human beings, and our society. Sometimes I feel very alone among a world full of people that are either in denial, or people that don't care. Most of the time however, seeing things like the beef truck makes me more willing to fight to make people see things the way that I do. Because if we don't fight for what we believe in, nothing will ever change.

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