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Monday, April 19, 2010

Our Treatment Toward Fellow Beings

1. Dolphins and Whales Decimated by Fishing Industry
2. Famous Quote – Richard Gere, American actor
3. Animal Cruelty Might Lead to Criminal Behavior toward Humans
4. Bible verse – Romans 3:23-24
5. Cameras in Slaughterhouses
6. This Week’s Video – Fowl Play


1. Dolphins and Whales Decimated by Fishing Industry

A new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) finds that industrial fishing is responsible for the death of almost 9 out of 10 toothed whales—including dolphins and porpoises— who are threatened by entanglement and subsequent drowning in gillnets, traps, longlines, and trawls.

To read the full article please search online for 86 percent of dolphins and whales threatened by fishing nets

The number of aquatic animals killed as "bycatch" by the fishing industry is appalling. Killing and discarding animals raises serious ethical issues that cannot be ignored. It is up to each of us to support only industries that honor God's Creation by showing compassion and reverence to all creatures.

2. Famous Quote

"People get offended by animal rights campaigns. It’s ludicrous. It’s not as bad as mass animal death in a factory."

~ Richard Gere, American actor

3. Animal Cruelty Might Lead to Criminal Behavior toward Humans

Throughout the US, state laws that protect pets from abuse have been passed due to the growing evidence that people who abuse animals often go on to abuse humans. Diana S. Urban, a Democratic state representative in Connecticut, who sponsored a bill mandating that animal control workers and child welfare workers cross-report suspected animal, child or domestic abuse said, “Animal abuse is one of the four indicators that the F.B.I. profilers use to asses future violent behavior..." Sadly, livestock is exempt from such laws and in many states such as Idaho, farmers and ranchers are pushing a bill that would more clearly distinguish livestock from pets and would exempt livestock from the protections afforded pets.

To read the full article please search online for Animal Abuse as Clue to Additional Cruelties

How hypocrite humans are when we offer protection and compassion only to certain animals according to our benefit. As for animals being farmed, never before have we abused so many and to such extent! God’s farmed animals deserve our compassion and mercy just as any other of God’s creatures.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Romans 3:23-24
"...since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,"

Nobody is perfect in this world. Therefore, when confronting our brothers and sisters with their sins, we should do it humbly and with love, for it through Christ that we are able to conquer sin.

5. Cameras in Slaughterhouses

The Food Standards Agency in Great Britain intends to set-up a detailed plan in order to have cameras in every one of the 400 slaughterhouses in the region. Tim Smith, chief executive of this agency said, “Where we find resistance it is from operators with something to hide”.

To read the full article please search online for CCTV 'should be installed in slaughterhouses to ensure animal welfare'

It is not surprising that operators of slaughterhouses don't want cameras around because they know that animal abuse is widespread and that food safety is also compromised. Having cameras in slaughterhouses will certainly reduce the incidence of animal abuse. Hopefully, the consumer will pressure the meat industry to make this a requirement and thus help to at least alleviate the pain and suffering of farmed animals at the end of their lives.

6. This Week’s Video

Fowl Play is a new documentary the exposes the cruelty of the egg industry. Although this film focuses on the plight of factory-farmed laying hens through interviews with people who are fighting diligently to save them and footage from inside egg factory farms, it also lets the viewer share and celebrate the enduring hope of compassionate people who work relentlessly in behalf of these hens.

To learn more about the video and watch on-line previews please visit http://www.fowlplaymovie.com/ .

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