You are correct. None of us are perfect, but someone who would beat or starve an animal is not right, and I can't help wondering what went wrong in their life. Cruelty is never acceptable, IMO, which is why I am with an animal rescue group to save them. So sad.....
Christmas History: The Pagan Traditions
Facts matter.Many of the traditions connected to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ have non-Christian origins. Items like the Yule log, the Christmas tree, and the very placement of the observance during the darkest time in the calendar year stem from pre-Christian religious observances.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
"The side that stays within its fortifications is beaten." ~Napoleon
The evergreen tree was a symbol of the essence of life and was regarded as a phallic symbol in fertility worship.
Witches and other pagans regarded the red holly as a symbol of the menstrual blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana. And if you have ever done a study on Diana of Ephesus, that is one "goddess" that hated little boys and favored girls. She sort of reminds me of the precursor of the feminism of males going on today.
Here's a picture of her, and you thought a cow had a lot of teats!
The holly wood was used by witches to make wands.
The white berries of mistletoe were believed by pagans to represent droplets of the semen of the sun god.
Both holly and mistletoe were hung in doorways of pagan temples and homes to invoke powers of fertility in those who stood beneath and kissed, causing the spirits of the god and goddess to enter them.
These customs transcended the borders of Rome and Germany to the far reaches of the known world.
Do all these traditions mean the same thing today? No. But it can not be denied they have their origins in paganism. These practices were among the pagans in the days of stories of great men of faith in the OT. Even in the Psalms you will find God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob depicted as an evergreen tree most likely to debunk tree worshipers at the time.
I guess the message I am trying to relay is there are several traditions in a Christian celebration of Christmas that have pagan roots and are the traditions of men. The thing to remember is what is important is the condition of our heart which has nothing to do with traditions of men.
Organic animals are given much more space per animal, mandatory outside time, organic plant matter only, no hormones and no sub-therapeutic antibiotics (needed in unhygienic conditions).