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CVA Blog
Monday, October 11, 2010

What Our Choice of Diet Says about Our Compassion

1. The Truth Behind Eating Chicken and Eggs

2. Famous Quote – Bradley Miller

3. Why Eat a Pig and Not a Dog?

4. Bible verse – Matthew 5:11-12

5. Media Coverage Affects Consumer Choices

6. This Week’s Video – Nights at the Round Table

 

1. The Truth Behind Eating Chicken and Eggs

Bruce Friedrich, Vice President for Policy, PETA, writes about the awareness that the last huge egg recall brought thanks to the coverage and exposure given to battery caged hens. Although Friedrich believes that many people have and will forgo eggs and chicken after learning how they are treated in factory farms, he also agrees that many more will continue eating them. Mainly, he believes there are 2 reasons: chicken meat is healthy for you and chickens are not smart animals. Friedrich explains why these 2 reasons are untrue while educating the reader on what amazing animals chickens are. To read the full article please  search online for The Egg Recall's Silver Lining: A Spotlight on Chickens

Eating chickens should be viewed no different than eating dogs or cats; however, humans fall prey of speciecism even though there are no ethical for it. In fact, as stewards of God's Creation we are called to show compassion, mercy and love to all creatures.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child, as it is to the caterpillar."

~ Bradley Miller

3. Why Eat a Pig and Not a Dog?

It seems that as far as eating is concerned, most people live in a blissful ignorance. Just in the US, 10 billion land animals are slaughtered every year for food production. The great majority of these animals are raised in factory farms, knowing suffering everyday of their lives. On the other hand, Americans spend incredible amounts of money and time on their pets. Why the disconnection? What makes a farmed animal less sentient than a dog or a cat? To read the full article please  search online for Is eating a pig that different form eating your dog Spike?

Hardness of heart and the rationalization of unethical actions keep people supporting the animal agriculture industry. As Christians, we should show compassion and love to all of God’s creatures, not just our pets. This is what good stewardship is all about.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sometimes, when standing up for our Faith, we undergo persecution and alienation. However, this verse reminds us that even though times get hard we need to rejoice in the reward of knowing we are being obedient to God, and therefore fulfilling our calling.

5. Media Coverage Affects Consumer Choices

What happens when the media covers issues of animal welfare in food production? Economists looked at media attention given to livestock issues and developed an index for animal welfare on beef, pork, and poultry. It turns out that when media attention is given to animal welfare issues, regardless of the production practices involved, consumer demand decreases for all meats. In fact, economists say that over the past decade, pork and poultry demand would be higher, were it not for media attention to livestock production issues. To read the full article please search online for Consumers Spend Less On Meat When Livestock Is In The Media

Thanks to the media, the inherent cruelty of factory farming is being exposed. The more information the public has, the more likely people are to make compassionate choices, especially when we assume our role of stewards of God's Creation.

6. This Week’s Video: Nights at the Round Table

Watch this inspiring mini episode of Nights at the Round Table, a new series featuring celebrities discussing important issues over a thematically appropriate dinner. This mini episode features the animal rights group Farm Sanctuary and a dozen celebrities who support bringing an end to factory farming. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV1JZvHBlzM.

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