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CVA Blog
Monday, April 21, 2008

The Consequences of Our Lack of Mercy

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

1. When We Abuse Animals
2. Famous quote – Romain Rolland (1866 - 1944), French author, Prof. of Art History
3. Inspections Show More Slaughterhouses with Problems
4. Bible verse – Colossians 3:12
5. Exploiting God’s Animals Linked to Food Crisis

1. When We Abuse Animals: Barbara Cook Spencer, writer, analyzes the consequences that humans suffer when abusing animals. She believes that “we degrade ourselves when we degrade animals” since it demoralizes us. Spencer recognizes the vital importance of cultivating moral qualities like mercy, kindness, compassion, and temperance, for the sake of our planet’s survival.

To read the full article please search online for When we abuse animals, we debase ourselves

2. "To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. That alone is the justification of all that humans may suffer. It cries vengeance upon all the human race. If God exists and tolerates it, it cries vengeance upon God." ~ Romain Rolland (1866 - 1944), French author, Prof. of Art History, quote from Jean-Christophe, Nobel Prize 1915.

3. Inspections Show More Slaughterhouses With Problems: A federal audit of slaughterhouses licensed to provide beef to the nation's schoolchildren found animal-handling problems at four of the 18 plants audited, such us workers having to stun the animals a second time, overcrowding of penned cows, bunching of cows in the stunning area that caused the animals to balk of another plant and excessive use of electrical prods. Although the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year contains $962 million for the inspection service, the number of employees has dropped significantly over the past 26 years.

4. (RSV) Colossians 3:12

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,"

God calls us to choose a lifestyle centered in love and compassion, to show obedience and the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts.

5. Exploiting Animals Linked to Food Crisis: George Monbiot, writer for The Guardian, exposes the food crisis problem in light of a meat-centered diet. He rightly explains that off the 2.13bn tones likely to be consumed this year, only 1.01bn, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will feed people. Monbiot addresses the solution by suggesting the transition to a plant-based diet, better for humanitarian reason and environmental ones as well.

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