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CVA Blog
Monday, March 17, 2008

God’s Animals at Our Mercy

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

1. Kosher Meat under Scrutiny
2. Famous quote – Veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas describing what he has seen. Quote from documentary movie Slaughterhouse, 1997.
3. Doreen the Downer
4. Bible verse – 2 Peter 1:4
5. Judge’s Rule on Poultry
6. The Cruel Reality Behind Animal Transport

1. Kosher Meat under Scrutiny: Kosher meat has come under the public’s eye since the majority of Israel’s beef, and a large portion of America’s kosher meat, comes from South America where slaughterplants that produce kosher meat use the “shackle and hoist” method: lifting them off of the ground by one hind leg prior to slitting their throat, as is required by Israel’s chief rabbis, the final authorities on kosher meat entering the Jewish state. Last year People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) obtained footage of kosher slaughter in Uruguay (http://tinyurl.com/2oe2hx) shows animals struggling in the air and bellowing, and once on the ground they are shown writhing and being restrained by multiple workers who step on them and prod them before the cut.

To read the full article please visit Widespread slaughter method scrutinized for alleged cruelty

2. "Cattle dragged and choked...Knocking ‘em four, five, ten times. Every now and then when they’re stunned they come back to life, and they’re up there agonizing. They’re supposed to be re-stunned but sometimes they aren’t and they’ll go through the skinning process alive. I’ve worked in four large [slaughterhouses] and a bunch of small ones. They’re all the same. If people were to see this, they’d probably feel really bad about it. But in a packing house everybody gets so used to it that it doesn’t mean anything." ~ Veteran USDA meat inspector from Texas describing what he has seen. Quote from documentary movie Slaughterhouse, 1997.

3. Doreen the Downer: Due the recent slaughterhouse investigation in a California plant, the abuse that animals raised for food suffer, especially downer ones, reached the public's eyes and hopefully consciences. While most people have a hard time watching graphic videos about animal abuse, it is important to be aware of the reality of factory farming. For all of us who'd like to spread the world about downer cows, Mar Fiore, cartoonist and animator, produced a great animated video, suitable for everyone, showing the way hamburgers are produced, the risk for human health and of course the cruelty inflicted on downer animals.

To view the short video, please visit http://www.sfgate.com/comics/fiore/ 

4. (RSV) 2 Peter 1:4

"...by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature."

God calls us to follow Christ's message of love, compassion and peace; and to escape the temptation of earthly desires that very often only bring misery to us and the rest of Creation. Our creator wants us to actively participate in the reconciliation of Creation.

5. Judge’s Rule on Poultry: A lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and East Bay Animal Advocates against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) arguing that the USDA had misinterpreted the 50-year-old act H.R. 8308 when excluding poultry from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA), was dismissed by a judge who ruled that chickens are not "livestock," and, as a result, are not subject to the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

To read the full article please visit Judge Rules Poultry Are Not "Livestock"

Excluding poultry from being humanely slaughtered is an offense against God, given it shows disregard for the lives these animals as if they were mere objects and not the result of God’s love and creativity.

6. The Cruel Reality Behind Animal Transport: Most people are unaware of the barbaric, cruel and long transport that animals suffer from farms to slaughterhouses. After a secret investigation by 10 major animal charities, including the RSCPA, Compassion in World Farming and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the shocking evidence of their suffering has been revealed. In the footage obtained, animals including horses, pigs, sheep and chickens are seen being transported thousands of miles across the world, experience unimaginable suffering and many times finding death before reaching their destination.

To read the full article please visit Exposed: The long, cruel road to the slaughterhouse Footage (graphic) is also available in the same page.

There is no excuse for the brutal treatment God's animals raised for food receive at the hands of humans, who supposedly are called to show compassion and mercy to all creatures. The meat industry, coupled with the consumers who support it, have made animals' lives a living hell on Earth. We could all help alleviate the suffering of these creatures by transitioning to a healthy, balanced and delicious plant-based diet.

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