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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International, October 28th, 2019

I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I am often frustrated by how many major network programs are pushing pets – HGTV, Hallmark, Food Network, etc. This is even from networks that have nothing to do with pets. Recently, I was watching a documentary program on electrical engineering, but the commercials mostly showed images of people with pets – no children. Indeed, everywhere we look – TV commercials, billboards, social media, movies, etc., we are bombarded with images of the “new family” – singles and couples, young and old raising “fur-babies.”

I am also amazed at how many times I am forced to watch an SPCA commercial, showing images of abused animals. Recently the actor Joaquin Phoenix made news when he visited a subway station in Toronto, which is plastered floor-to-ceiling with advertisements urging people to embrace veganism. Phoenix himself is a vegan. The ads feature photos of animals, alongside slogans like: “Imagine losing every one of your babies. This is the price of dairy,” or “Imagine being born to be destroyed.” The campaign’s catch-phrase is “different but equal.” This ad campaign must have cost the pro-vegan organization supporting it hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Obviously, I do not favor abusing animals or seeing any animal mistreated; however, it is galling that such vast sums of money and effort are being expended to save baby chickens, while we are aborting 55 million unborn human children every year, and this is held to be “okay.” Kill an unborn baby up to the ninth month of pregnancy and Hollywood celebrities will celebrate your “bravery” and champion your “rights,” but God forbid you eat eggs, or leave an animal out in the snow.

It would be easy to laugh at the absurdity of a campaign equating drinking milk with genocide, but the fact is there is a truly sinister side to this way of thinking. ….

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