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CVA Blog
Monday, Nov 24, 2008

Choosing a Peaceful and Cruelty-free Thanksgiving Celebration Honors God

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

1. Preparing for Thanksgiving
2. Famous quote – Violet Spalding
3. Tyson Foods Looking into Global Expansion
4. Bible verse – Psalm 1:1-2
5. Agriprocessors’ Gruesome Cruelty
6. Another Documented Case of Cruelty to Turkeys


1. Preparing for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up and already, thanks to the animal advocacy movement, many people will choose a compassionate meal in order to alleviate the suffering of farmed animals, especially turkeys. However, the majority of people are still unaware of the unimaginable pain and suffering these animals undergo for the sake of taste and profit. Please share this article with friends and family to expose the reality of the lives of farmed turkeys, by visiting Thanksgiving is coming

2. Famous Quote

"The first time I ever entered a battery house I thought it was the entrance to Hell" ~ Violet Spalding, co-founder of Chicken's Lib in 1973, later known as Farm Animal Welfare Network (FAWN).

3. Tyson Foods Looking into Global Expansion

Tom Philpott is the Grist's food editor and founder of Maverick Farms, a sustainable-agriculture non-profit and small farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. He writes about Tyson Foods, one of the two largest beef packers, the second-largest pork packer, and the second-largest chicken producer in the US, which is planning to expand to Brazil, India, China, and the entire global south. Tyson was the innovator of the "vertical-integration" strategy that now dominates meat production by owning mega-packer breeders, slaughterhouses, and processing farms leaving the risky job of raising the animals to farmers working on contract. Philpott, rightly says that Tyson is "actively pursuing a nightmare vision for the globe."

To read the full article please search online for: Meat Wagon: All the World's a CAFO

The devastation that companies such as Tyson Foods create in God's Creation is so great that humans, animals and the environment are deeply affected. It is up to us, the consumers, to stop these companies from expanding by not supporting them.

4. (RSV) Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

God gave us the free will and the responsibility to choose who to listen and who to follow, dealing also with the consequences. When we choose to follow God's ways, we honor our Lord.

5. Agriprocessors’ Gruesome Cruelty

Agriprocessors, a kosher processing plant in Iowa, faces nearly $10 million in civil penalties for repeated labor law violations dating back to January 2006. It has now filed for bankruptcy and is seeking to restructure. In addition, on Halloween, nearly half the chickens coming down their conveyor belts were already dead, many so rotted that their legs would fall out of their body when workers tried to pick them up. Trucks full of poultry had been left at the plant for days leaving an estimated 1,000 birds with no water or food.

To read the full article please search online for:  Agriprocessors' bankruptcy leaves Iowa town flailing

The conditions that workers and God's animals must endure in factory farms are an offense to God. There is absolutely no excuse to the suffering inflicted on God's animals for the sake of greed. As long as people keep following their pleasure-dominated minds, there is no hope for a peaceful and harmonious world.

6. Another Documented Case of Cruelty to Turkeys

An undercover video taken at the Aviagen Turkeys plant in Lewisburg, West Virginia shows turkeys being stomped to death and punched by workers. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA), is asking for prosecution of workers at the Aviagen plant. On the tape, one worker describes losing his temper at a tom who pecked him, marking its head with a pen so he could find it again, fetching a broomstick, ramming it down the bird’s gullet and holding it up in the air while shouting “Let this be a lesson to y’all” at the rest of the flock. To read the full article please visit Group documents cruelty to turkeys

Unfortunately, the above case of cruelty to God’s animals is not an isolated event, rather a common and widespread one. This upcoming Thanksgiving celebration means misery and pain to turkeys and other farmed animals for the sole purpose of taste, greed and profit. Share this article with family and friends to expose the cruelty involved in raising animals for food, and maybe more people will choose a peaceful and cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal, honoring God’s Creation.

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