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CVA Blog
Monday, November 26, 2007

Are We Showing Compassion to God’s Animals?

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

1. Faith and Animal Welfare 

2. Famous quote Plutarch (46-120 A.D.), Greek historian, biographer, and essayist.

3. Living Donkey Ad

4. Bible verse Psalm 1:1-2 

5. Compassionate Presidential Contender

6. Lobsters Do Feel Pain 

1. Faith and Animal Welfare:  The protection of all of God's creatures is finding some acceptance in the religious arena. Although the animal activist movement is usually seen as a secular and liberal cause, animal activists are reaching sectors throughout the political, social and spiritual spectrum.

According to Christine Gutleben, who directs the new "animals and religion" program at the Humane Society of the United States, the evangelical community "is expanding its definition of values to include work on poverty and the environment. We hope to insert concern for animal welfare as well."

To read the full article please visit Evangelizing for the animals  

Although animal welfare is not in the center of the spiritual radar, there has been some progress that focuses on extending our circle of compassion beyond humanity, to all of God’s creatures. Hopefully, more people of faith will realize the importance of being good stewards of God’s animals, and reflecting God’s love for all Creation.  

2. "It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace. But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches. No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being."
~ Plutarch (46-120 A.D.), Greek historian, biographer, and essayist.

3. Living Donkey Ad:  A sad scene can be observed on a Beijing street where a mangy donkey tied to a post all day wears an advertisement for a donkey meat shop run by his owner. The donkey is left on its own surrounded by its own manure. Although the "ad" has caused controversy, it has done so because some people worry about it's not hygienic, and that it may affect the city's image.

To read the full article please visit Living donkey meat ad sparks controversy in Beijing  

How tragic to exploit one of God's animals for the sole purpose to bring profit. This shows disrespect and disobedience to God and His/Her Creation, because it does not accord with God's principles of love, compassion and peace.

4. (RSV) Psalm 1:1-2 
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."

God calls us to obedience and to follow Jesus' teachings of compassion, love and peace. In the midst of a fallen world, we should strive to reflect God's love for all Creation. 

5. Compassionate Presidential Contender:  The two-time Democratic presidential contender Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is a compassionate vegan, who cares about animals, health and the environment. Therefore, he and his wife are focusing on fund-raising events that do not include any animal products as an example for what they stand.

To read the full article please visit Bringin' home the bacon, vegan-style   

The world would be a much better place if more leaders in all arenas (political, spiritual, financial, etc.) would stand up for compassion to all creatures and promote a non-violent lifestyle that is very much needed in our violence-plagued world. 

6. Lobsters Do Feel Pain:  A long and heated debate between animal advocates, scientists, chefs and others might be coming to an end. A new study published in New Scientist this month, conducted by Robert Elwood, an expert in animal behavior at Queen's University, Belfast, showed that crustaceans feel pain. The study involved daubing acetic acid on to the antennae of 144 prawns to which in turn began grooming and rubbing the affected antenna, while leaving untouched ones alone. According to Prof. Elwood this response is "consistent with an interpretation of pain experience".

To read the full article please visit Blow for fans of boiled lobster: crustaceans feel pain, study says

Causing pain to God’s animals for the purpose of profit and pleasure is not honoring to God.  A plant-based diet helps as reducing animal suffering while taking care of our bodies and the environment.

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