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Monday, November 23, 2009

Love and Cruelty: Our Moral Relativism toward God’s Creatures

1. Bald Therapy Chickens

2. Famous Quote – Erik Marcus, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, 1998

3. A Happy Ending

4. Bible verse – Psalm 119:105

5. Shocking Cruelty in Vermont Slaughter Plant

6. Featured Video – A Love Lesson

 

1. Bald Therapy Chickens

This is the heart-warming story that takes place in Cobble Hills Farm Sanctuary, a rescue farm in Ontario, Canada that gave a new life to 20 chickens from battery cages. Although bald and miserable-looking creatures who are afraid of everything, they are already helping troubled kids to develop empathy. Once a week these chickens are being used as therapy animals to treat four boys, aged 8 to 12. "But they were already so gentle with them, right from the start," ... "They worry if the chickens are afraid or if a sweater is too tight," says Shepherd, who runs the sanctuary.
To read the full article please search online for How bald chickens help troubled kids

Sometimes the weakest creatures are the ones who can teach us the most valuable lessons and can also inspire in us the innate Christ-like values: love, compassion and mercy.

2.  Famous Quote

“When I met my first vegetarian, he told me he had not eaten meat for fourteen years. I looked at him as if he had managed to hold his breath that entire time. Today I know there is nothing rigorous or strange about eating a diet that excludes meat.”

~Erik Marcus, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, 1998

3. A Happy Ending

Angelo, a newborn lamb, was rescued even as his mother was led to a Bronx slaughterhouse last week. The lamb was rescued by Ms. Rexhaj who noticed that Angelo, an infant, was at risk of being trampled or left behind to starve. Ms. Rexhaj pleaded the truck driver to leave the lamb with her after he denied to her request to try reuniting the mother with her lamb.

To read the full article please  search online for A Newborn Lamb Is Saved, Then Orphaned 

How miserably we treat God's animals! Because of humanity's desire for cheap meat, dairy and eggs we deny farmed animals even the basic God-given instincts and rights, such as to take care of their offspring.

4. Bible Quote
(RSV) Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

God’s word guides us in our journey to follow Jesus’ teachings of compassion, mercy, love and justice. By showing obedience to God, we reset assured that we are following the path of a fulfilling and God-honoring life.

5. Shocking Cruelty in Vermont Slaughter Plant

The shocking undercover video released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) showing egregious and merciless treatment to days-old calves led to the closing of a slaughter plant in Vermont. The extreme cruelty ranged from a worker attempting to skin a calf who is still alive directly in front of a USDA inspector to the plant's co-owner shocking downed calves with electric prods in futile attempts to force them to stand. To read the full article please search online for Cruelty Allegations Close Bushways Packing's Veal Slaughter Plant in Grand Isle Vermont

To watch the video please visit http://www.hsus.org/farm/news/ournews/veal_investigation_110209.html

6. A Love Lesson

“I looked in his eyes and just knew. This was magic. I felt a connection. It was love. I promised him I would be back, no matter what” shares Jennifer Zide. A beautiful and touching story of how a pig destined to be slaughtered is saved by Zide, who in turn learned a valuable lesson about love.  Please search online for 'You've Got  A Friend In Me: Lessons In Love I Learned At The Fair.

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