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CVA Blog
Monday, March 10, 2008

Our Exploitation of God’s Animals Also Affects Our Health

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

1. New Disease Linked to Pig’s Brain
2. Famous quote – Quentin Regestein, MD - Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
3. Cancer and Dairy Link
4. Bible verse – Joshua 1:9
5. HSUS Sues USDA over Downer Cattle Loophole
6. Chinese Man Dies from Bird Flu

1. New Disease Linked to Pig’s Brain: “Blowing brains” is a slaughterplant procedure whereby a worker removes the brain of a dead pig by forcing compressed air into his or her skull, turning the brain into a slurry that squirts out, often spraying tissue onto and around the worker. Since December 2006, a dozen workers at Quality Pork Processors (QPP, a Minnesota slaughterplant where 19,000 pigs a day are killed and butchered), have reported fatigue plus burning, numbness and weakness in their arms and legs, which earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the condition as progressive inflammatory neuropathy. Undergoing studies are trying to determine whether the brain tissue from hogs, which was sprayed into the air as droplets during removal by the compressed-air system, was inhaled by workers and ultimately made them ill.

To read the full article please visit Pork slaughterhouse illness now has a name

2. "The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop." ~ Quentin Regestein, MD - Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

3. Cancer and Dairy Link: A new study of 5,000 individuals followed for an average of 65 years, showed that those who grew up in families reporting the highest levels of dairy consumption (about 2 cups per day) had close to three-times the risk of colorectal cancer compared with those from families reporting the lowest intake. Dr. Jolieke C. van der Pols and colleagues reported their findings and said that more complete life-course assessments must be completed before definitive conclusions can be made for dairy intake in childhood.

To read the full article please visit High dairy in childhood linked with cancer risk

4. (RSV) Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

God promises to us that we are never alone, even during our hardships. God is always with us to give us the courage and support we need to confront life's challenges.

5. HSUS Sues USDA over Downer Cattle Loophole: As a result of the recent undercover video at a California slaughterhouse were cows who were unable to walk were forced through abusive and cruel measures to pass inspection, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sued the federal government on Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows "downer" cows (sick or crippled cattle unable to walk) into the food supply. The HSUS is asking the USDA to close the loophole to protect consumers and ensure the humane treatment of animals. In the lawsuit, citing USDA documents, HSUS states downer cows are about 50 times more likely to have mad cow disease since the disease weakens their muscles, making them prone to falls.

To read the full article please visit USDA sued over 'downer" cow rules

6. Chinese Man Dies from Bird Flu: A man from China's southern Guangxi autonomous region has died of the H5N1 bird flu virus, making a total of 3 deaths from the disease since late last year. This man was in contact with domestic poultry although the source of transmission has not been identified yet. According to the World Health the H5N1 virus has killed 230 people globally since late 2003, not including the latest case.

To read the full article please visit China says 41-yearl-old man dies from bird flu

When we cause misery to God’s Creation, it comes back to us. In this case, the exploitation of poultry has put humanity at a risk of a global pandemic of bird flu. Adopting a plant-based diet helps reduce the number of animals raised for food, and therefore the risk of disease transmission.

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