Monday, May 7, 2007
God’s Animals: Our fellows
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous quotes,
news and commentaries.
1. Animals’ feelings
2. Famous quote – Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965),
German Alsatian theologian, musician,
philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner
City Council Denounces Battery Cages
4. Bible verse – Psalms 72:
13 - 14
5. How Humane is Your City?
Compassion in World Farming Trust (CIWF Trust) Conference
feelings: Marc Bekoff, biologist, animal behaviorist and
professor emeritus at the University of Colorado writes a compelling
essay about the emotions that animals feel. Dr. Bekoff believes it’s
very important for humans to recognize that animals are capable of
feeling joy, fear, sadness, etc. for that belief shapes the way we
relate to them. Referring to the way we treat animals he says, “We must
not simply continue with the status quo because that is what we've
always done and it's convenient to do so.”… “Quite often, what we accept
as "good welfare" isn't "good enough."” Marc Bekoff also raises the
issue of our silencing the emotions of animals, when it is their
emotions that indicate what we can or cannot do to them.
To read the full essay please visit
thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted
in tradition or surrounded by a halo.....We need a boundless ethic which
will include the animals also."
~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Alsatian theologian,
musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
3. Berkeley City Council Denounces Battery Cages:
A resolution by the Berkeley City Council opposing the use of battery
cages was approved on April 24. It said the council "opposes battery
cage egg production, based on the inherent cruelty of confining
egg-laying hens in battery cages," and also "encourages consumers of
eggs not to purchase eggs produced by caged hens."
To read the full article please visit
Once again, consumers and animal advocates have made their voice
heard. The phasing out of battery cages will alleviate some of the
suffering that hens go through. Recognizing that God’s animals are
sentient beings who experience joy, pain and fear, helps us relate to
them in a loving and compassionate way.
(RSV) Psalms 72: 13 - 14
"He has pity on the weak and the
needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he
redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight."
Our Creator is a loving and compassionate God who cares for all
creatures. n today’s world, animals are weak and needy, and often
victimized by humans. Jesus’ teachings encourage us to protect, love,
and relieve them from their oppressors. A plant-based diet helps us
alleviate their suffering and free them from their torment.
Humane is Your City? The Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS) has released a “Humane Index” for cities around the US.
This index takes into account overall humanness, cruelty cases, animals
in the entertainment industry, fur sales, vegetarian meals, etc. in
every city listed.
To find out where your city ranks and how you can participate in
making your city more humane, please visit Humane Index:
6. Compassion in World Farming Trust (CIWF Trust)
Conference: Delegates from around the globe gathered at
the CIWF Trust Conference In March to address the subject of animal
sentience and our relationship with them. Speakers at the conference
emphasized on the abundant evidence that animals are not devoid of
feelings and emotions.
Professor Marc Bekoff, of the University of Colorado, US, said, "And
what animals feel matters very much as they try to negotiate their lives
in a human-dominated and often abusive world, in which they are mere
pawns in our incessant and obsessive attempts to control their lives for
our and not their benefit."
To read the full article please visit BBC News - CIWF Trust
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