í The way we mistreat, abuse and horrendously distort animals and
birds in to food machines is surely both unforgivable and sacrilegious.
It is as far removed from Noah - who as a righteous man was directed by
God to make an ark of refuge for birds and beasts - as the moon is from
cheese. Indeed, as Scripture exhorts us: "a righteous person will
care/or the needs of animals committed to him". Yes, a far removed
outlook from this 21st century 's exploitation of Ducks for food where
one human employee can be left with as many as 85,000 birds to
Is it any wonder, therefore, that most of these creatures end up
terribly deformed, unable to walk and so frightfully deprived of using
the faculties their Creator gave them that I hey frequently die in utter
rejection? Indeed, so intensively and inhumanely are these pathetic
ducks bred, to satisfy a flesh eater's palate, that their life span
averages that of seven weeks. Whereas, out of doors they would live on
average, ten years!
Just how low can human nature stoop to permit this kind of evil, in
which a duck that takes to water is denied it all! How appallingly
grotesque, sinister and evil that so called humanity permits this evil
to not only perpetuate but also extend! Indeed, these crammed birds are
never permitted to see the light of day. They are crammed together so
close that they cannot even use water in which to wash themselves. The
only bit of water they can usually acquire is via drinking outlets
originally designed for chickens.
I ask: where is the RSPCA? Or more relevant: where is the mouth of
Christendom? Have the churches, which claim to be the moral mouthpiece
of the Nation, become mute? Are they so concerned about the assumed
evils of contraception, four letter words, the evils of drink -yes, and
the 'so-called major sins of blasphemy! -that they have ignored the peak
of evil when if stares them in the face? Has Christianity in a once
proud nation, now riddled through with factory farms, completely
capitulated to evil? Well, it would appear to be so. All that is
necessary for evil to conquer is that, supposedly, respectable folk
remain mute and do not involve themselves. Are there no prophets left in
the Church? Where are the Reformers in Christ's church today?
I sense that history far too often repeats itself. For I'm wry much
reminded of Jesus attitude towards the religious leaders of His day. And
-what did He say to them? "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
You go about picking out (moral) gnats while you swallow (moral) camels
whole! Enough said!
Well whether you are a Christian in faith or not, I simply ask that
you consider the plight of these defenceless ducks, and other birds,
which are in such a terrible plight. Indeed, actions speak louder than
words. The Good Book say's: '"By their fruits you shalf know them!"
Consequently, 1 pray that you - the reader of this article - will follow
the example of the true saints of every age and creed whose, mission in
life has been to care for and protect weaker forms of life than their
We have folk who have transformed the society in which they lived.
One may go back as far as St Francis Of Assist or come forward to as
recent a non-professed Christian as Mahatma Gandhi or, indeed, a
practising Mother Of Theresa! Yes, they were folk like you and. myself
whose better nature told them to act and not merely pray; to go out and
do great deeds, rather than just stay at home reading about them.
My friend, you can hardly look to politicians for an example. The
present regime promised to bring about reforms for animal welfare, yet
hasn't even as yet banned blood 'sports'!. And as for our churches and
chapels, the best within them are literally 'so heavenly minded as to be
little earthly use'. The true "salt of the earth " - to use Christ's
words - are the Animal Activists, the. Green peace, the Friends Of The
Earth. And whereas many of them are - thank God! ~ professing as well as
practising Christians, others are not. And can you really blame the
More wars have been caused by religion than anything else; and much
of what is termed Christianity is no more than a salve for a
horrendously guilty conscience. Indeed, the way we have consumed factory
farmed produce -the fruit of legalised animal Belsens - is enough to
give even a serial killer a bad conscience! Consequently, the offer: the
Catholic priest, or the Protestant evangelist offers, is a welcome
message to the vilest guilt ridden soul.
But - let me make it abundantly clear - if it does not lead to a
moral transformation that changes the way humans treat weaker forms of
life than their own - and it includes the animals which are more
numerous than ourselves - then it is utterly meaningless. Anne Sewell.
authoress of Black Beauty had it well summed up: "You can talk all day
about your religion, but if it does not influence the way you treat your
animals then it is nothing but a sham".
These animal Belsens are an utter disgrace to our countryside. They
are sinister blots on our landscapes, just as Belsen, Trablinka,
Austwitch and Ravensbruck were in Germany; and only too sadly they are
often in as close a proximity to idyllic villages and village churches
as were their Nazi counterparts. Yet they also continue because so
called respectable humans either put their heads in the sand like an
ostrich or remark: "It's really none of our business. 'Don't put your
nose where it's not wanted'!"
Well, it is surely our God given responsibility to protect weaker
forms of life than our own! The good shepherd -to use biblical
phraseology - was prepared to lay down his life for the sheep!
Consequently, I would be failing in my calling if I did not denounce
this Treblinka kind of a life times existence we put these ducks through
- and all in order to satisfy an acquired taste for possibly no more
than one solitary meal.
'God is not mocked. What we sow we must inevitably reap'. It is,
therefore, little wonder that horrible cancers and hosts of other
diseases are on the increase. Just think of the cocktail of antibiotics,
injections and growth hormones that have been used on such birds. Yes.
and we eat the end product of such horrendous deprivation; and,
paradoxically, expect it to bring us health! How deceived and brain
washed the masses have become!
Finally, 1 tell you: I'd dread to be in the hereafter of those who,
in this life, have mercilessly crammed birds together; denying them
their God given basic instincts. Yes, and all for the sake of fattening
one's purse during a fleeting life in which there can bo no security
except from God who will judge us all according to what we have done.
Yes, and left undone!í
- Rev. James.