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CVA Blog
Monday, February 1, 2010

The Lives of Exploited Farmed Animals

1. Statistics on Animals Killed for Food
2. Famous Quote – Neel Mukherjee
3. Bears: Farmed Animals?
4. Bible verse – Micah 6:8
5. Dolphins Almost as Intelligent as Humans
6. This Week’s Video: Bile Farms

1. Statistics on Animals Killed for Food

The total number of land animals killed for food in the U.S. in 2008 was down 0.6% from 2007, at 10,279 million, despite a 1% increase in U.S. population, according to data extrapolated from the USDA. However, the # of land animals killed for food worldwide, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Administration, increased 1.2% comparing to a 1.2% population increase as well. Critics say that the figure of animals killed last year does not reflect true numbers since many countries under-report or don’t report at all.

To read the full article please search online for At Last - Number of Animals Killed Drops

Over 10 billion land animals are slaughtered every year in the US for food consumption and the figure worldwide is at least 58 billion. Never in history have we tortured and killed so many animals in order to eat them. If these figures don't seem appalling to us, stewards of God's Creation, then we can rest assured that we suffer from hardness of heart.

2. Famous Quote

"I used to look on 'converted' vegetarians with contempt, but I've come to realize there is no case to be made for eating meat."
~ Neel Mukherjee, Award-winning novelist

3. Bears: Farmed Animals?

Bile from bears is a growing demand in Asia since it is believed that it can help cure everything from hemorrhoids to epilepsy. However, this practice brings misery to these animals who are usually housed in small cages and their bile is sucked from their gall bladders using crude catheters, sometimes creating pus-filled abscesses or internal bile leakage leading to the slow death of many due to infections or liver ailments, including cancer. Fortunately, there are efforts to stop this practice and just recently 19 bears were rescued from one of these bile farms in Vietnam and are being taken to a rescue center.

To read the full article please search online for 19 bears rescued from bile farm in Vietnam

It's unbelievable how humans can exploit any of God's animals for our own benefit without any consideration for the creatures. Unless we take a stand against the victimization of these animals, and therefore refuse to support industries that exploit them, we are failing at being good stewards of God's Creation. Bringing misery to God's animals brings misery to humanity as well.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Micah 6:8
"He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

We are called to show justice and kindness to all creatures. By doing this, we are showing obedience to God; and therefore, following Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love.

5. Dolphins Almost as Intelligent as Humans

Scientists who study dolphins are recommending they are given the same status as humans because of their intelligence, considered the world's second brightest creatures after humans. Scientists claim it is cruel to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks, or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way every year.

To read the full article please search online for Dolphins are almost as clever as humans - so treat them like people, say scientists

One industry that exploits dolphins with no regard to their suffering is the fishing industry. Not only because they are intelligent, but also because dolphins are simply God's creatures, we need to do everything we can to stop their victimization. Transitioning to a plant-based diet in one way to help these creatures.

6. this Week's Video

This video exposes the cruel bear bile industry and the suffering these innocent creatures go through. Please share with family and friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw8YSuAVIpI.

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