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CVA Blog
Monday, February 4, 2008

God’s Animals:
Our Brethren

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

1. Tyson Once Again Exposed
2. Famous quote – Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), Alsatian theologian, musician,
philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1952. Quote from The Philosophy of
Civilization.

3. Horses Spared in the US Face Death Abroad
4. Bible verse – Matt. 25:40
5. What’s on Your Plate?
6. Eye-opener Chef


1. Tyson Once Again Exposed: After PETA released the undercover video of workers abusing chickens at Tyson Foods slaughterhouses in Cumming and Union City (Tennessee), the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reportedly visiting both plants to check the claims of animal cruelty and unsanitary conditions. According to Tyson, "Some of the videotaped activities we've seem on-line do warrant investigation; however, others are being misrepresented and sensationalized by PETA." If the USDA verifies the claims, enforcement actions could range from requiring immediate corrections to suspending operations.

Read the full article about Tyson Foods 

The unimaginable abuse to which animals raised for food are subjected, is slowly but steadily coming out to light. Thanks to animal advocates who are willing to expose the meat industry, consumers can and should choose not to support such cruelty. Unless we take a stand for what is right, and show compassion and mercy to all creatures, we cannot claim to be good stewards of God’s Creation.

2. "We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it." ~ Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1952. Quote from The Philosophy of Civilization.

3. Horses Spared in the US Face Death Abroad: More tragedy faces horses that once were legally slaughtered in the US, which are instead being sent to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered, traveling hundreds more miles, often in crowded trailers, without food or water. In U.S. slaughter plants, horses were killed by having steel pins driven through their heads; however, in Mexico, they are disabled by having their spinal cords severed with a knife. Animal advocates are pushing for federal legislation that would forbid the sale and transport of horses for human consumption, therefore banning the export market.

To read the full article please visit Horses spared in the US face death across the border

Horses, God's animals, are facing tremendous suffering due to the quest for taste and profit. The horse-slaughter ban, which should have been a compassionate gesture toward horses, has turned out to cause more suffering to tens of thousands of them. Legislation is urgently needed to get rid of this "loophole" that allows US horses to be slaughtered abroad and to put and end to the callousness of this industry.

4. (RSV) Matt. 25:40
And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'

Who do we consider our brethren? All of God's creatures are product of His/Her love and creativity, and as such, we should include them in our circle of compassion and mercy.

5. What’s on Your Plate? British reporter, Rob Sharp, investigated how animals are raised in the UK and describes it to the reader in order to raise awareness about what animals go through before they reach the plate. Mr. Sharp confronts the consumer with facts, such as the intelligence of pigs and the abuse they suffer. Although he doesn't seem to advocate vegetarianism, he provides information so the reader can make informed decisions.

6. Eye-opener Chef: Earlier this month, in front of 4 million television viewers and a studio audience, Chef Jamie Oliver killed a chicken according to the UK's humane slaughter standards. He claims he wanted his audience to confront reality. Although he has been criticized by animal advocates, Chef Oliver, might be reaching the conscience of viewers. During his shows he suffocated a clutch of male chicks according to standard egg industry procedure, in a chamber of carbon dioxide; stuffed birds into the crowded, filthy “battery” cages that house 95 percent of the country’s chickens, and showed a computer-altered baby picture of himself, grossly engorged to represent the rapid growth of a baby chick on a factory farm.

To read the full article please visit Chef's new goal: looking dinner in the eye

If more people were aware, and watched first hand what animals raised for food go through, many more would forgo eating animal products. Sharing information about the inherent cruelty of raising animals for food and of the benefits of a plant-based diet would help people make informed, compassionate decisions.

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