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CVA Blog
Monday, August 24, 2009

Are We Showing God’s Love to Animals?

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

1. Why Is Chicken So Cheap?
2. Famous Quote – Albert Schweitzer
3. Controversial Ag. Bills in Michigan
4. Bible verse – 2 Corinthians 7:1
5. Six Year-Old Child is Vegetarian for the Love of Animals
6. Australians Favor Cage-Free Eggs

1. Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

When a whole rotisserie chicken at Harris-Teeter costs about the same price as two bunches of carrots, we should ask ourselves: "How is that possible?" Chickens, our health and the environment pay the price for the low price of chickens in the US. Ezra Klein, for the Washington Post, says: "... I sort of wonder how long we'll allow chicken producers to compete on low prices derived from incredible cruelty to animals, exploitation of illegal workers, and taxpayer subsidies to the corn industry. It's a pretty ugly scene, and the product eventually ends up on our plates."

To read the full article please search online for The Low Cost of Chickens

The Bible tells us that cruelty to God’s animals is forbidden and that we are called to be compassionate and merciful; however, chickens are one of the most abused farmed animals and still we continue to support such industry. Unless we take a stand for what is right, we will see no peace in God’s Creation.

2. Famous Quote

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Novel Peace Prize address, "The Problem of Peace in the World Today"

3. Controversial Ag. Bills in Michigan

Two controversial bills were passed earlier this month by the House Agriculture Committee in Michigan. H.B. 5127 and H.B. 5128, which deal with comprehensive standards for farm animal care, are supported by Michigan Farm Bureau and 13 other agriculture groups and opposed by the Humane Society of the United States among others. H.B. 5128 would put into law voluntary industry guidelines for farm animals’ care, ranging from how much living space they need to slaughter practices.

To read the full article please search online for Michigan House committee passes livestock care measure

4. Bible Verse

2 Corinthians 7:1

"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.” We live in a fallen world where temptations and desires drive us away from God. However, we are called to emulate Jesus' teachings and thereby reflect God's love onto all Creation.

5. Six Year-Old Child is Vegetarian for the Love of Animals

Brooke English, a 6 year-old girl, gave up eating meat when she was 4 because she loves animals. Although her mother eats meat, she's very supportive of her daughter's diet and agrees that Brooke is "... 100 percent right."

To read the full article please search online for 6-year-old vegetarian from Brandon teaches her mom a thing or two

It is often children who teach us very valuable lessons, like the love for God's animals. It is kids also that society hasn't corrupted just yet, and their hearts and souls still embrace an innate sense of justice and compassion that so many adults lost. Let's try to be good role models for our children; and therefore, be good stewards of God's Creation.

6. Australians Favor Cage-Free Eggs

With Woolworths, the Australian supermarket giant chain, shifting to free-range eggs by almost half of the egg brands it sells, it is expected to speed up a consumer-driven switch to free-range and barn-laid eggs. Woolworths' fresh food general manager Michael Batycki said, "As demand for free-range and barn-laid increases, through the economies of scale we should see a greater level of affordability."

To read the full article please search online for Woolworth signals major shift to free-range eggs

While it’s not necessary to eat eggs in order to have a healthy, well-balanced diet, the shifting to cage-free eggs is a positive move to reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens. However, consumers should be aware that the “cage-free” term does not necessarily mean “cruelty-free” or that these hens are able to exercise their God-given instincts. At the end, all egg-laying hens end up slaughtered.

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