"'Rise, Kill, and Eat'? Or is it time to bring a more peaceful
and loving thought to this planet? Or will that thought, given to
Apostle Peter (Acts 10:13), continue to grow and overwhelm the
- Eldon W. Kienholz
Pee-pee steps are great for baby chickens, but world peace
needs Giant Steps. Please take your Personal Giant Step for Peace
in the year 2000. Do something Big. Do something Permanent. And
please, do it now.
As we enter the new millennium, United Poultry Concerns
would like to call attention to Dr. Eldon Kienholz, a full
professor of poultry science at Colorado State University from
1969-1988. Until he died of cancer on Labor Day in 1993, Eldon
was a friend and advisor to United Poultry Concerns. In 1988,
Eldon chose to retire early, rather than continue to perform
cruel experiments on chickens, turkeys and ducks for the poultry
A peace studies course he had taken as an undergraduate at
Manchester College in Indiana began to haunt Dr. Kienholz at the
height of his career: "For me it took a long time coming, but
now, 40 years later, I see that peace seeking is broader than
just human interactions. Now I see it is a way of life in
relation to all life and to all that is, all that has been
created. The realization has come that I can no longer exploit
animals in the name of science or in the name of consumerism.
Thus, I have quit my long time teaching and research position in
the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University,
and have become a vegetarian. One of my main drives in life now
is to help free domestic animals. . . . I say that we must now
give as much attention to peace between species as within the
human species. . . .
"In the 10 minutes you take to read this paper, we will kill
about 200,000 animals in our beloved USA. just to please our
taste buds. Is that peace?
"Peace on our planet does not just include stopping the
burning of our rain forests or irresponsible dumping of toxic
wastes. It includes eating as far down the food chain as
possible, and a change of our attitude about our present
exploitation of this planet. There will be no peace in this world
until we learn to live in peace and harmony with the entire
planet. This means that we must and will change our economy. We
need to confront our enormous consumption, our materialism. At
present the call is for 'strategies for sustainable economic
development.' That is a step in the right direction. However,
somehow we must and will come to live at peace with our planet,
and I expect that will come because of a spiritual change in us,
not just physical changes. . . .
[THE HEIFER PROJECT]
"This also means a new look at one of our Church of the
Brethren creations: THE HEIFER PROJECT (HPI). What are we doing
with HPI [Heifer Project International], except promoting our
animal slavery overseas? We no longer need to have animal food
products in order to be adequately nourished. There are other
less violent ways of providing nutrients for humans. We can no
longer afford to promote any animal exploitation, so we must
consider speaking out against The Heifer Project."
From Eldon W. Kienholz, "Will There Be Peace Before We are
Vegetarians?" Manchester College Bulletin of the Peace Studies
Institute, July 1990.
- Go Vegan. Start Today. Peace begins in the kitchen.
- Speak out against Heifer Project International (HPI). Its
cloying fundraisers hide the ugly truth. Billions of chickens,
goats, cows, pigs, and other animals suffer under this pretense
of helping malnourished families. HPI exports animal factories,
battery cages, debeaking, environmental pollution, zoonotic
diseases, and U.S. drug companies overseas. Reject The Heifer
Project, and let HPI know why. Call 1-800-422-0755. Write: HPI,
PO Box 98175. Washington, DC 20090.