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CVA Blog
Monday, November 5, 2007

God’s Animals, Our Fellow Beings

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

  1. Battery Farm Owner Fined

  2. Famous quote Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), English poet

  3. Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Focus on Animal Welfare

  4. Bible verse Psalm 40:8

  5. Australian Fine Wool Source of Controversy

  6. Japan Prepares for Whale Hunting

1. Battery Farm Owner Fined:  Trevor Chin and Wellington Farms in New Zealand, have pleaded guilty to animal welfare charges relating to the care of 28,000 birds.

The hens on the Wellington egg farm were left to die with their heads stuck through the bars of their cages while other birds, caged with rotting carcasses, sometimes pecked on the remains.

The judge, Gregory Ross, who ordered Chin to do 400 hours community work and pay $1200 in solicitor's fees and $6000 toward the costs of the prosecution, said he could not understand how Chin and his staff were able to pass without helping the birds with their heads trapped so that they could not reach food or water. Chin won't be able to own or have custody of any birds for 10 years.

To read the full article please visit "Hopeless" chicken farm owner's firm fined $20,000  

Causing suffering to any creature shows our hardness of heart. Animals, part of God's Creation, deserve to be treated with compassion and mercy. As long as God's animals are exploited, humanity will continue to reap the consequences.

2. "If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery."
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
(1792 - 1822), English poet, quote from Queen Mab Notes

3. Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Focus on Animal Welfare:  PETA announced last month that Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains will begin purchasing eggs and pork from suppliers who do not keep animals in cages or crates. The company has agreed to the following by July 1, 2008: obtain 15% of the pig meat it buys from suppliers that don’t use gestation crates, increase the amount to 25% by 2009; have 2% of the eggs it uses be from hens that are not housed in battery cages; and inform poultry suppliers that it will give consideration to those who actively explore and test controlled-animal stunning systems. CKE will also use a 3rd party auditor to ensure the changes have occurred.

To read the full article please visit Hardee's, Carl's Jr. and PETA reach deal.

It's good news for God's Creation every time an industry takes a step toward alleviating animal suffering. Let's hope that the improvement continues and one day God's animals can be free of human exploitation.

4. (RSV) Psalm 40:8
 "I delight to do thy will,
O my God; thy law is within my heart."

When our desires focus on God, we find joy in being obedient to Him/Her, while living in the midst of a fallen world.

5. Australian Fine Wool Source of Controversy:  The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) in Australia is calling for the practice of "battery sheep" to end. These sheep are raised under intense confinement in individual pens to protect their wool; and therefore, deprived of natural grazing behavior and social interaction. Consequently, they show abnormal behaviors such as swaying and chewing wood and wire enclosures. The ultra-fine wool sells for more than 100 times the price of regular wool.

To read the full article please visit http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/rspca-fury-at-battery-sheep-for-fine-wool/2007/09/26/1190486394030.html

Whether God's animals are exploited for their flesh and/or fur, the fact that they undergo pain and suffering is undeniable. We are called to be compassionate and merciful to all creatures, and in that way reflect God's love for all Creation.  

6. Japan Prepares for Whale Hunting:  While Japan prepares for hunting 50 humpback whales in the Antarctic over the coming southern hemisphere summer and 935 minke whales for scientific research, the environmental group Greenpeace is satellite tracking 19 humpback whales as they travel from the South Pacific back to Antarctic waters this whaling season, to prove Japan does not need to kill whales to study them. In addition, Greenpeace is collecting skin samples to sequence DNA of every whale they encounter. "We do not have to kill the whales for any of the research we are doing. We do not even have to hurt them," said Greenpeace whale researcher Nan Hauser. Those against whale hunting say that most of the whale meat ends up in Japanese supermarkets and restaurants and that Japan rarely publishes its scientific findings.

To read the full article please visit Greenpeace tracks whales as Japan plans hunt

Whales, magnificent animals, are exploited for research but mostly food. As long as there is a market for their meat, the brutal hunt for whales will continue. As Christians, we need to take a stand and defend God's animals too often victimized; transitioning to a plant-based diet makes a strong statement for God's Creation.

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