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CVA Blog
Monday, February 23, 2009

Alleviating Animal Suffering as Stewards of God’s Animals 

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

1. New Legislation Introduced to Ban Tail Docking in Dairy Cows
2. Famous Quote – Anonymous
3. HSUS New Agenda
4. Bible verse – 1 John 3:11
5. This Week’s Video: Virtual Battery Cage
6. Calf-Dumping in California



1. New Legislation Introduced to Ban Tail Docking in Dairy Cows

California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez has introduced legislation, SB 135, to ban tail docking of dairy cows, except "during an individual treatment, emergency or operation, if the treatment or operation is performed by a veterinarian for veterinary purposes" with proper anesthesia. The move was praised by the Humane Society of America, who stated the practice of routinely amputating portions of dairy cows' tails-without any painkiller-is already banned in several nations.

To read the full article please search online for: New tail-docking bill may make California dairy cows happier

It's good news for God's Creation every time an effort is made to alleviate the suffering of God's animals. It is our hope that this piece of legislation passes and that it is adopted by other states.

2. Famous Quote

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
- Anonymous

3. HSUS New Agenda

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released their new agenda which includes those 100 items that it plans to push for with the new Obama Administration. Many items on this agenda focus on alleviating the suffering of factory farmed animals, such as humane poultry slaughter and greater downer animal and slaughter plant oversight.

To read the full article please search online for: HSUS outlines its push for change

4. (RSV) 1 John 3:11
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

God calls us to show love to everybody regardless of who they are or what they do. While in our fallen state it is quite hard to love in the perfect way God loves us, we are nonetheless called to try our hardest, especially with those who we think do not deserve our love.

5. Calf-Dumping in California

About three dozen dead dairy calves were found in eastern San Joaquin County in January. Farm Sanctuary has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the people who dumped them. Russ Mead, general counsel for the group said, “... somebody dumped these calves like somebody would dump an old couch in a ravine in the middle of the night.”

To read the full article please search online for: No excuses for calf-dumping!

It is appalling that these calves were considered mere commodities instead of sentient beings created with love by God. Humanity will find no peace, and Creation no healing as long as we continue to cause pain and suffering to any creature.

6. This Week’s Video: Virtual Battery Cage

Take a virtual tour inside a battery cage to help you visualize this extreme and unnecessary intensive confinement system from the perspective of one of its victims. It is a great tool to share with family and friends! Please visit http://www.animalvisuals.org/ .

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