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CVA Blog
Monday, February 21, 2011

Who Do We Include In Our Circle of Compassion?

1. South Korea Heavily Criticized

2. Famous Quote – Jim Willis

3. Ballot Initiative Launched in Washington State

4. Bible verse – 1 John 3:11

5. Interview with Kathy Freston

6. This Week’s Video – Farm to Fridge

 

1. South Korea Heavily Criticized

South Korea has been on the spotlight for burying approx. 1 million pigs alive as an attempt to control the foot and mouth disease outbreak. The South Korean refusal to vaccinate pigs against the disease has resulted in a slaughtering cost of £230m as opposed to a mass vaccination program that would have cost an estimated £63m. To read the full article please search online for South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive

It still seems surreal that humanity continues to treat God's animals as commodities. Burying pigs alive is barbaric and most cruel, showing just how hardness of heart has become the norm instead of the exception. What does this example of animal abuse say about human civilization? What does it say about our morality and consciousness? Have we totally trumped ethics and compassion for the pursuit of power and profit? I think that humanity is capable to make a complete turn and to search within to find those traits innate in us that have been buried by a consumerist society, hungry to satisfy every desire, seemingly at any cost. It’s important to note that most people would not support South Korea’s actions, but by supporting the meat, egg and dairy industries, they are supporting similar atrocities against God’s animals. Following Christ's teachings of compassion, mercy, love and peace, can lead us to a mindful and fulfilling life as good stewards of God's Creation.

2. Famous Quote

"I looked at all the caged animals. . .   the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry.

"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"

God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly.

"I have done something. . .

I created you."

~ Jim Willis 1999, Humanitarian, Author of "The Animal's Savior" and "How could you?"

3. Ballot Initiative Launched in Washington State

Following in the footsteps of Florida, Arizona and California, Farm Sanctuary has joined with HSUS and citizens in Washington State to launch an initiative effort to prevent the exploitation of egg-laying hens. Approximately 280 million hens live in battery cages so small that each bird is given less space than an 8 ½ by 11 inch sheet of paper. As a result, these animals can barely move and are unable to engage in basic natural behaviors, for which they suffer both physical and psychological disorders. To read the article please search online for Ballot Initiative Launched in Washington State

Little by little there have been some improvements in the way God’s farmed animals are treated. Hopefully, the people in Washington State will realize that egg-laying hens suffer tremendously for the sake of profit and taste of those who support this industry. Even better, if more people decided to avoid egg consumption for ethical, health and/or environmental reasons, much suffering would be reduced in God’s Creation.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 John 3:11

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Our Christian Faith is grounded on the core values of Christ's teachings of compassion, mercy and love. We believe God is Love. And since we are made in the image of God, we share that essence of love, which we are called to reflect onto all Creation.

5. Interview with Kathy Freston

John Heilpern, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, writes about his lunch with former model Kathy Freston, vegan and best-selling author of the Quantum Wellness series. Freston shares with him how the picture of a cow being dragged to slaughter changed her life forever and how she wants to share with others that a vegan lifestyle is attainable and joyous. To read the article please search online for The Vegan Monologues

Kudos for Kathy Freston for raising awareness on the inherent cruelty of animal agriculture and also on the many benefits of a plant-based diet for all of God's Creation: humans, animals and the environment.

6. This Week’s Video – Farm to Fridge

Mercy for Animal's new film titled Farm to Fridge, is a powerful 12-minute video that takes you on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest industrial poultry, pig, dairy and fish farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants revealing the unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge. Narrated by Oscar-nominee James Cromwell, this film is guaranteed to change the way viewers look at the power, and consequences, of their food choices. Please visit http://www.meatvideo.com/ and share it with friends and families.

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