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CVA Blog
Monday, 24 September 2007

Are We Showing Mercy and Compassion to God’s Animals?

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. Iceland Stops Whale-Hunting for Now

2. Famous quoteGeorge Cheyne (1671-1743), pioneering physician, early proto-psychologist, philosopher and mathematician

3. Farmed Animal Assaults Increasing

4. Bible verse 1 Peter 3:8 

5. Vick’s Case Helps Expose Factory Farming Cruelty

6. Humane Meat?  

1. Iceland Stops Whale-Hunting for Now:  Due to the low demand for whale meat, Iceland has decided to stop whale-hunting at least until the market demand increases and Japan issues an export license. According to Iceland's fisheries minister, Einar K. Guofinnsson, "There is no reason to continue commercial whaling if there is no demand for the product."

To read the full article please visit Iceland stops whale-hunting quotas after low demand  

Iceland’s decision to stop whale-hunting is a clear example of the power the consumer has. As children of God, we are called to be compassionate and merciful; therefore, we should not support those industries that cause unnecessary suffering to God’s animals.  

2. "To see the convulsions, agonies and tortures of a poor fellow-creature, whom they cannot restore nor recompense, dying to gratify luxury and tickle callous and rank organs, must require a rocky heart, and a great degree of cruelty and ferocity. I cannot find any great difference between feeding on human flesh and feeding on animal flesh, except custom and practice."
 ~ George Cheyne (1671-1743), pioneering physician, early proto-psychologist, philosopher and mathematician, born in Scotland. He is best known for his contribution to vegetarianism.

3. Farmed Animal Assaults Increasing:  All over the US there appears to be an increase in farmed animal assaults, often by angry, reckless youth. Since farmed animals have basically no protection from the law, these cases get little attention.

According to Gene Baur, president of Farm Sanctuary, "Animals raised commercially for food have little legal protection against cruelty," ... "It speaks to a prejudice against certain animals, not based on a rational assessment of their ability to feel pain but on our intended use for them." It seems that, in part to a strong cattleman's lobby, animal cruelty laws rarely apply to farmed animals since their "husbandry practices" might fall into that category.

To read the full article please visit A beastly kind of cruelty  

4. 1 Peter 3:8 
“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.”
 

Our hearts and our minds should be aligned with our actions. Christ encourages us to show mercy and love toward our neighbors, all creatures.

5. Vick’s Case Helps Expose Factory Farming Cruelty:  Gregg Easterbrook, writer for an ESPN football column, gives his opinion on Vick's case and dog fighting going even farther, exposing the ethical relativism of society around animal welfare laws. About factory farming he says, "Much more troubling is that the overwhelming majority of Americans who eat meat and poultry -- I'm enthusiastically among them -- are complicit in the systematic cruel treatment of huge numbers of animals. Snickering about this, or saying you're tired of hearing about it, doesn't make it go away. Most animals used for meat experience miserable lives under cruel conditions, including confinement for extended periods in pits of excrement."

To read the full article please visit  Before we get to the NFC preview, some cupcakes (scroll down to “Atlanta Falcons”). 

6. Humane Meat?  Bruce Friedrich, vice-president in charge of international grassroots campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), makes a great case for vegetarianism and warns people not to fall for the seductive, misleading term "humane meat", given that animals raise under these label suffer pain and fear, and ultimately are killed for profit and pleasure. Although Friedrich supports the improvement in animal welfare laws, he encourages people to choose the only compassionate diet, which is a vegetarian one.

To read the full article please visit Humane Meat, a Contradiction in Terms

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