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CVA Blog
Monday, September 7, 2009
 

The Victimization of God’s Animals

1. Chicks Treated Like Luggage
2. Famous Quote – Ashley Montague (1905 - 1999), British-American anthropologist and humanist.
3. Suffering of Factory Farmed Pigs Exposed on Twitter
4. Bible verse – Luke 12:6
5. FDA Submissive to the “Big Chicken”
6. Double Moral Standard

1. Chicks Treated Like Luggage

A growing number of people are raising chickens in their backyards or even indoors in order to have eggs and/or meat more naturally raised. However, these same people are unaware that ordering chicks by mail is a cruel practice since these day-old chicks are shipped like luggage by USPS without any food, water, or climate control. United Poultry Concerns recommends against ordering chicks and instead adopting them from petfinder.com or many other organizations.

Please search online for Stray chicken came first, then the eggs, for accidental urban farmer Patricia Arnao

It seems that humanity finds another way to ignore the suffering of God’s animals, in this case baby chickens. Treating any animal like a piece of luggage goes against the most intrinsic teachings of Christianity: compassion, love and mercy.

2. Famous Quote

“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever.” ~Ashley Montague (1905 - 1999), British-American anthropologist and humanist.

3. Suffering of Factory Farmed Pigs Exposed on Twitter

Thanks largely to the efforts of Tracy Habenicht, who publicized the event on her blog “Digging Through the Dirt” (http://diggingthroughthedirt.blogspot.com/), Twitter was on fire with posts about the plight of factory farmed pigs. Activists quickly made their presence in the conversation known, with tweets that included links to videos and photos showing how pigs live and die on factory farms.

 To read the full article please search online for Vegan Activists Speak Out For Pigs On Twitter

Thanks to the media, the victimization of God’s animals in factory farms can be exposed and more people might decide to choose compassion and stop supporting the animal agriculture industry. One way to reflect God’s love onto all Creation is to adopt a plant-based diet, which is good for our health, animals and the environment.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Luke 12:6

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God."

God cares about each and everyone of the creatures! Not one goes unnoticed by our Creator and not one is forgotten.

5. FDA Submissive to the “Big Chicken”

Antibiotic resistance is a great health concern that has led scientist and physicians to recommend against the routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals. This is the case of the FDA that banned the practice of injecting chicken eggs with antibiotics, more specifically Cephalosporins, which are used in treating urinary tract infection and pneumonia among other diseases in humans. However, three weeks before the ban was to go into effect, FDA policymakers — mindful of an earlier ban on antibiotic use in poultry that was won only after years of litigation — suddenly abandoned their own ruling once the powerful U.S. chicken lobby — sometimes dubbed "Big Chicken" — stepped in.

To read the full article please search online for Playing Chicken with Antibiotic Resistance

Farmed animals raised in factory farms, live miserable lives in crowded and filthy environments where diseases arise easily. Therefore, in order to keep these poor creatures alive, the animal agriculture industry resorts to the massive and routine use of antibiotics without any consideration for human health or the health of these animals. By transitioning to a plant-based diet, we not only avoid the intake of many of these antibiotics, but also we stop supporting this industry that has no regard for God's Creation.

6. Double Moral Standard

Michael Vick's case helped expose the cruelty involved in dog-fighting and Americans showed outrage to such barbaric "sport". However, the more than 10 billion animals that are annually killed in the US for food do not receive any compassion from all those that still support the meat and dairy industry. As Gary Francione says, "Vick may have enjoyed watching dogs fight; someone else may find that repulsive but see nothing wrong with eating an animal who has had a life as full of pain and suffering as the lives of the fighting dogs."

To read the full article please search online for But what about that hot-dog?

Sadly, Christians in general are no exception as far as this double moral standard goes, when we should be the ones showing compassion and mercy to God’s animals. Maybe with the exposure of the victimization of farmed animals, Christian leaders might decide to include animal issues in their radar.

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