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CVA Blog
Monday, April 21, 2008

Victimizing God’s Animals Threatens Our Health

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

1. New Human Bird Flu Victim in Egypt
2. Famous quote – Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA
3. Two Human Victims of Mad Cow Disease
4. Bible verse – Romans 13:8
5. Two More Cases of Human Bird Flu in Indonesia
6. Animal Victimization

1. New Human Bird Flu Victim in Egypt: The state news agency MENA confirmed the death of a woman of bird flu this month, making it the 22nd fatality and the 49th case of the disease among humans in Egypt. The Ministry of Health said she fell ill with the virus after coming into contact with sick domestic birds.

The way we irresponsibly manipulate the environment and God’s creatures for our benefit has brought grave consequences to us. In this case, the intense confinement and stress to which poultry is subjected fosters the spread of the bird flu virus. A plant-based diet helps us to restore harmony and balance in God’s Creation.

2. "Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal." ~ Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA

3. Two Human Victims of Mad Cow Disease: The health department of the regional Castilla-Leon government in Spain announced that two people have died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of mad cow disease. Juan Jose Badiola, director for Spain's National Reference Centre for Transmitted Spongiform Encephalopathy, said there was no cause for alarm since most likely the victims contracted the disease more than eight years ago. The European Union in January 2001 banned the use of animal and bone meal in animal feed in order to prevent the spread of mad cow disease and vCJD.

To read the full article please search online for Two die in Spain from human form of mad cow disease

Exploiting God's animals for profit and taste has brought grave consequences for human health. The animal agriculture industry has many times resorted to practices, such as feeding animals to animals, making them cannibalistic, in order to increase profit and minimize cost. These practices however, have come to a high price for humans and animals, reflecting little respect for God's Creation.

4. (RSV) Romans 13:8

"Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law."

God's will is for us to reflect His/Her love onto all creatures, our neighbors, whom we share this planet with. When we show love, we show obedience to God.

5. Two More Cases of Human Bird Flu in Indonesia: According to the World Health Organization (WHO) two more people have fallen victims of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, an 11 year-old female and a 15-year-old male, both Indonesians.

To read the full article including facts about the bird flu spread in the world please search online for Bird flu's spread around the world

Unfortunately, it seems that the exploitation of poultry due to humanity’s quest for profit and pleasure might be the cause of the bird flu. In today’s poultry farms, birds are so confined that the virus can spread easily among one another. Causing misery to God’s animals brings misery to us as well. The transition to a plant-based diet helps reduce the number of farmed animals, their suffering, as well as helping stop the spread of this dreaded virus.

6. Animal Victimization: Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), writes a compelling article exposing the dangers of animal victimization for our society. He mentions the abuse of cows at slaughterhouses as a health risk for consumers and also the so-called "entertainment" victimization of cock and dog fighting, where there's a relationship to violent felons.

The way we treat God's animals has consequences on all Creation, including ourselves. The more love, compassion and mercy we show to them, the healthier and more harmonious life on Earth will be.

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