Ellen G. White
As Buffalo Bill Slew Bison, One Protester Cried
At about the same time that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth
Cady Stanton were arguing for women's rights, my friend
Ellen G. White was writing about rights for animals. As the
Ku Klux Clan organized thousands of terrorists to abuse
black Americans, Ellen G. White was busy organizing over
100,000 Americans to love animals by not eating them.
When Buffalo Bill killed 4,000 bison during an 18 month
period to feed railroad workers, Ellen White was urging her
friends not to eat animal flesh. While General Custer
experienced his last stand, Ellen G. White took a stand for
animals that was heard round the world. Today, her movement
enjoys some 20 million followers.
Here are some of the things she wrote more than eighty years
before I was born:
"Animals are often transported long distances and subjected
to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the
green pastures and traveling for weary miles over the hot,
dusty roads, or crowded into filthy cars, feverish and
exhausted, often for many hours deprived of food and water,
the poor creatures are driven to their death, that human
beings may feast on the carcasses."
"Some animals are inhumanly treated while being brought to
the slaughter. They are literally tortured, and after they
have endured many hours of extreme suffering, are butchered.
Swine have been prepared for market even while the plague
was upon them, and their poisonous flesh has spread
contagious diseases, and great mortality has followed."
"Some animals that are brought to the slaughter seem to
realize by instinct what is to take place, and they become
furious, and literally mad. They are killed while in that
state, and their flesh is prepared for market. Their meat is
poison, and has produced, in those who have eaten it,
cramps, convulsions, apoplexy, and sudden death. Yet the
cause of all this suffering is not attributed to the meat."
"Could you know just the nature of the meat you eat, could
you see the animals when living from which the flesh is
taken when dead, you would turn with loathing from your
flesh meats. The very animals whose flesh you eat, are
frequently so diseased that, if left alone, they would die
of themselves; but while the breath of life is in them, they
are killed and brought to market. You take directly into
your system humors and poison of the worst kind, and yet you
realize it not."
"The light given me is that it will not be very long before
we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk
will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly.
The curse of God is upon the earth, because man has cursed
it. The habits and practices of men have brought the earth
into such a condition that some other food than animal food
must be substituted for the human family. We do not need
flesh food at all. God can give us something else."
"Often animals are taken to market and sold for food, when
they are so diseased that their owners fear to keep them
longer. And some of the processes of fattening them for
market produce disease. Shut away from the light and pure
air, breathing the atmosphere of filthy stables, perhaps
fattening on decaying food, the entire body soon becomes
contaminated with foul matter."
"Animals are frequently killed that have been driven quite a
distance for the slaughter. Their blood has become heated.
They are full of flesh, and have been deprived of healthy
exercise, and when they have to travel far, they become
surfeited and exhausted, and in that condition are killed
"Very many animals are sold for the city market known to be
diseased by those who have sold them, and those who buy them
are not always ignorant of the matter. Especially in larger
cities this is practiced to a great extent, and meat eaters
know not that they are eating diseased animals."
"The liability to take disease is increased tenfold by meat
"Worldly physicians cannot account for the rapid increase of
disease among the human family. But we know that much of
this suffering is caused by the eating of dead flesh."
"The animals are diseased, and by partaking of their flesh,
we plant the seeds of disease in our own tissue and blood."
If Ellen White was with us today, she would be 175 years
old. She was truly an amazing woman, born long before her
time, and I have faith that she will live forever.
Robert Cohen, author of:
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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