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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Efforts of Those Who Defend God’s Animals

1. Australia’s Effort to Stop Whaling

2. Famous Quote – George Eliot, English novelist (1819 - 1880)

3. Mark Twain Animal Advocate

4. Bible verse – Hosea 6:6

5. Compassion to All Animals

6. Victor Schonfeld’s Suggestions to Improve the Animal Advocacy Movement

 

1. Australia’s Effort to Stop Whaling

Whaling is set to begin in a few weeks, and Australian authorities are adamant about stopping Japan in their cull of whales. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said, "We don't accept Japan's premise of so-called scientific whaling,"... "We, if we cannot resolve this matter diplomatically, will take international legal action. I'm serious about it, I would prefer to deal with it diplomatically, but if we cannot get there, that's the alternative course of action."

To read the full article please search online for Australia "Seriously" Considering Whaling Challenge

How barbaric is our treatment of whales, God’s majestic creatures. Only when we extend our circle of compassion to all creatures we’ll deserve our sacred responsibility and privilege to be stewards of God’s Creation.

2. Famous Quote

“Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

~ George Eliot, English novelist (1819 - 1880)

3. Mark Twain Animal Advocate

Scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin is a Stanford Professor and Leading Mark Twain Scholar.  In her new book entitled Mark Twain’s Book of Animals, Fishkin suggests that Mark Twain was the most prominent American of his day to raise awareness of animal cruelty. According to Fishkin Twain grew increasingly disappointed with his fellow human beings for a broad range of reasons including their treatment of animals.

To read the full article please search online for Mark Twain for Animal Welfare

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Hosea 6:6

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.

God is clear with us that love is of outmost importance in order to Honor our Creator. Without love, all our sacrifices and faith are shallow and meaningless.

5. Compassion to All Animals

Vesanto Melina, a registered dietitian and author of a number of nutrition classics, including Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, Raising Vegetarian Children and the Food Allergy Survival Guide, writes about the ethical aspects surrounding animal-eating. She is confused at the apparent love of many people for their pets, who at the same time show complete disregard to the animals on their plate. Melina nicely highlights the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health and challenges the reader to look at all animals with the same moral compass.

To read the full article please search online for Compassionate Choices

6. Victor Schonfeld’s Suggestions to Improve the Animal Advocacy Movement

Victor Schonfeld, a film writer, director and producer based in London, writes about the flaws he sees in the animal activism realm. His disapproval of ads with naked women and the promotion of "happy" or "sustainable" meat, among other things, makes Schonfeld hopeful that the change resides on the individual level and not so much on the masses of activists.

To read the full article please search online for http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/18/five-fatal-flaws-animal-activism

We would love to learn what you think about Schonfeld criticisms about and suggestions to the animal advocacy movement.

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