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CVA Blog
Monday, May 26, 2008

Free Will: The Freedom to Choose Cruelty or Compassion

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

1. Chicago's Two-Year Ban On Foie Gras Lifted
2. Famous quote – Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch (1808 - 1888), father of German Jewish
orthodoxy, Chief Rabbi of Austria.
3. Iceland Resumes Whaling
4. Bible verse – Galatians 5:13
5. Vegan Lifestyle


1. Chicago's Two-Year Ban On Foie Gras Lifted: Gourmets in Chicago can once again order foie gras after the city council repealed a two-year restaurant ban. Supporters of the ban point to the cruelty involved in producing it, which involves force-feeding geese and ducks under extreme confinement in order to enlarge their livers.

It is unfortunate to hear that small steps taken toward alleviating the suffering of God’s animals are once again revoked. The suffering inflicted on ducks and geese in order to produce foie gras is undeniable and inexcusable. Since the law doesn’t prevent such cruelty it is up to the consumer not to support such industry.

2. Famous Quote: "There are probably no creatures that require more the protective Divine word against the presumption of man than the animals, which like man have sensations and instincts, but whose body and powers are nevertheless subservient to man. In relation to them man so easily forgets that injured animal muscle twitches just like human muscle, that the maltreated nerves of an animal sicken like human nerves, that the animal being is just as sensitive to cuts, blows, and beating as man. Thus man becomes the torturer of the animal soul." ~ Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch (1808 - 1888), father of German Jewish orthodoxy, Chief Rabbi of Austria, Horeb, Chapter 60, Section 415.

3. Iceland Resumes Whaling: The temporary halt to whaling has reached an end in Iceland and the government said it would allow 40 minke whales to be hunted, which has angered conservationists and animal advocates. "We hope that we will finish the 40-whale quota in the beginning of July if the market responds well to the meat, as we believe it will," said Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson, head of a minke whaling association.

It is sad to see whales, God's animals, chased and hunted in a barbaric way for the sole purpose of selling their meat. Supporting this industry only perpetrates the practice of whaling, which certainly does not show compassion and mercy to these animals.

4. (RSV) Galatians 5:13

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.”

Free will is a wonderful gift when it's coupled with responsibility, compassion and mercy. We are called to make choices that glorify God and help us be good stewards of God's Creation.

5. Vegan Lifestyle: While for a lot of people, especially the misinformed ones, the word vegan is associated with extremism and a hippie lifestyle, the reality of being vegan is very different. Veganism equates with compassion, not only for animals but also humans and the environment. Vegans forgo eating animal products and they do their best to lessen suffering and their footprint on earth by wearing “ecological” clothing and using cruelty-free products.

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