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Monday, March 22, 2010

God’s Animals Victimized

1. Torture in Slaughterhouses

2. Famous Quote – Dennis Weaver

3. “Humanely Raised” is not “Free of Exploitation”

4. Bible verse – Colossians 3:12

5. Food Inspector Blows the Whistle

6. This Week’s Video - John Robbins: Julia Child Gave Up Veal 


1. Torture in Slaughterhouses

In this disturbing extract from Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals", the reality of the barbaric cruelty in slaughterhouses in the US is revealed. No wonder why it’s virtually impossible to visit one of these places. Please search online for Jonathan Safran Foer: How Cows Become Beef

The callousness of the meat industry knows no limits and it is hardly impossible to think of even more cruelty than one going on in slaughterhouses. How much has humanity veered off from the compassion and mercy that Jesus' teaches us? When is it that we'll realize with complete horror the terrible injustices committed against God's farmed animals? Our hope resides in finding within ourselves that essence of love that we all share.

2. Famous Quote

"There will come a time...when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that preceded it: the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the future will say "meat-eaters!" in disgust and regard us in the same way we regard cannibals and cannibalism"

~Dennis Weaver (1924 –2006), American actor

3. “Humanely Raised” is not “Free of Exploitation”

Stephanie Ernst, a freelance editor and writer, and independent animal rights advocate, believes the animal rights movement might be lost in the factory farming turmoil and therefore losing sight of its essence, which is to bring animal exploitation to an end. Ernst sites the trendy movement of opposing factory farming by supporting "humane" animal agriculture such as "free-range", "grass-fed" or "cage-free". When vegetarians go back to eating animals with not ethical objection and actually feel good about it, Ernst truly believes we have a problem that needs to be tackled soon before this trend distorts the fundamentals of the animal rights movement. To read the full article please search online for Stop the Fight Against Factory Farming, Save the Animal Rights Movement

While animals raised in small family farms tend to have better/less abused lives than factory farmed animals we should try to remember that all animals being farmed are sentient beings and God’s creatures. Also, the fact that most of us don’t need to eat flesh in order to survive meat-eating poses serious ethical problems.  

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Colossians 3:12

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,

Paul reminds us that we need to strive to be loving, compassionate, humble and patient. These qualities help us reflect God's love onto all Creation. 

5. Food Inspector Blows the Whistle

Dean Wyatt, a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) veterinarian, blew the whistle on his agency earlier this month. Wyatt told lawmakers that managers at different slaughterhouses repeatedly failed to pay attention to his warnings about the inhumane mishandling of animals and that the FSIS did nothing about it. To read the full article please search online for Official blows whistle on food-safety agency

Once again we are reminded of the callousness of the meat industry and also of the integrity and bravery of a person who in spite of the odds decided to do what it right. Wyatt did what his role as a food inspector required, and as such, we should also act accordingly to our role of stewards of God's Creation and not support industries that exploit God's animals.

6. This Week’s Video - John Robbins: Julia Child Gave Up Veal 

Watch John Robbins, author of “The Food Revolution”, tell the story of how famous chef Julia Child gave up veal after visiting a veal farm. Please search online for John Robbins: Julia Child Gave Up Veal (VIDEO).

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