An Open Letter to Animal Advocates
An Animal Rights Article from


Frank L. and Mary T. Hoffman,
February 2004

Dear Friends:

Mary and I strongly disagree that violence of any kind will bring about any lasting change in the animal rights and liberation movement. We agree with the analysis that violence only increases people's resolve. Just look what happened to the US after 9/11, when even many of the "softer" people sought revenge.

Any truly effective and lasting change must come about through human emotions. The animal abusing industries do everything in their power to hide the truth about what they do from the buying public. By exposing these hidden atrocities, we touch a compassionate "nerve" that most people have.

People need to be exposed to the truth, even when they don't want to see it.

I believe we make a mistake in our movement by warning people about disturbing photos or videos. If people aren't exposed to the truth, and become uncomfortable, and even shocked, they will most likely never see the violence on their plates and backs. We can do this legally and without any violence. We can do this professionally, politely and peacefully. And, we can make a lasting and memorable difference in this world.

In the Love of the Lord,

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