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CVA Blog
Monday, August 23, 2010

God’s Farmed Animals In Our Hands

1. Good News for Hens in California

2. Famous Quote – Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

3. Turner Eggs Tries to Change Image After Animal Cruelty Allegations

4. Bible verse – (RSV) 2 Corinthians 7:1

5. Change of Diet after Witnessing Cow being Slaughtered

6. This Week’s Video – The Emotional World of Farm Animals

 

1. Good News for Hens in California

California will become a cage-free state in 2015. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA) has signed A.B. 1437, a bill backed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that requires that starting in 2015 all whole eggs sold in California must come from hens who were able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and fully extend their limbs without touching one another or the sides of an enclosure. To read the full article please search online for Breaking: Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Landmark Egg Bill

Great news for hens in California! Although hens should not be exploited for their eggs, the fact is that this new legislation will reduce the suffering of millions of hens who currently survive in tiny cages without the chance to exercise any of their God given instincts. Hopefully more states will follow CA and thus show compassion for hens.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

“What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things.”

~ Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

3. Turner Eggs Tries to Change Image After Animal Cruelty Allegations

Last month the Maine Department of Agriculture ordered former DeCoster Egg Farm in Turner to pay $25,000 in penalties and $100,000 to settle a civil complaint over animal cruelty allegations including birds being swung by the neck and thrown in the trash by workers, and other injured and sick birds left untreated without adequate food and water. Now, this egg farm is promoting a more animal-friendly image and invited reporters to look at their improved facilities. However, their hens still remain in standard wire battery cages where birds are packed in four-to-five to a cage. The animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals finds that unacceptable and believes that it is consumers who will ultimately decide the kind of conditions hens will be kept in. To read the full article please search online for Turner Egg Farm Brushes Up Image in Wake of Fines

Industrial egg farms consider birds a commodity and they don't see anything wrong in keeping these animals under intense confinement where they cannot exercise any of their God-given instincts. It is true that each of us, stewards of God's Creation, will ultimately decide the fate of God's animals by choosing what industries to support. We can choose to show compassion or choose to ignore the plight of God's farmed animals.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) 2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

There are plenty of temptations in this world that push us away from God; however, even an imperfect world, God's Grace is at work inside us. We are called to be obedient to God to the best of our abilities and thus reflect God's love onto all Creation.

5. Change of Diet after Witnessing Cow being Slaughtered

The assistant director on Ryan Piers Williams' new movie The Dry Land stopped eating meat after witnessing the slaughter of a cow, a scene that was filmed for the project. Williams believes we are disconnected with the way wars are fought just as to how animals are slaughtered for food. About the cow slaughter he said, "It was very brutal to watch and to witness."

To read the full article please search online for Graphic Slaughter Scene Turns The Dry Land's Assistant Director Vegetarian

"An image is worth a thousand words." The slaughtering of an animal, a barbaric and brutal act no matter how humanely is carried out, is an eye-opening experience that can help people make mindful choices surrounding their diet. However, the article above helps us wonder, why didn’t all the witnesses make the same choice to stop eating meat as the assistant director? Is it easier to ignore suffering and give into our desires? In a Fallen world it’s indeed hard to not to follow our desires, but as Christians we are called to be obedient to God even in times of trial and temptation.

6. This Week’s Video

The Emotional World of Farm Animals is a touching documentary for viewers of all ages. It deals with the rich emotional lives of animals raised for food. Jefferey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, leads viewers into sanctuaries where the lives caregivers and the animals themselves tell their harrowing stories of rescue and escape.

To view the film please visit http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-emotional-world-of-farm-animals/ Please share with friends and family.

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