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Monday, Mar 7, 2011

Good News For God’s Animals Exploited by the Food Industry

1. Introduction of New Bill

2. Famous Quote – Arthur Schopenhauer

3. Sea Shepherd’s Victory

4. Bible verse – 2 Timothy 1:7

5. “Welfarist” Approach Works

6. This Week’s Video – “Ask Your Doctor about Meat”

 

1. Introduction of New Bill

Given the legalized abuse on farmed animals, more people are pushing for new legislation to prevent such atrocities. Representative Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) and Minority Whip Senator Robert Hedlund (R-Hingham) have introduced a state bill named the Massachusetts Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act that addresses the cruel and inhumane treatment of confining farmed animals in cages where they are deprived of their most basic standards of care. The law would prevent three of the worst factory farm abuses: veal crates for calves, battery cages for egg-producing hens, and gestation crates for female pigs and piglets. To read the full article please search online for Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Bill Introduced

Thanks to the tireless work of animal advocates, who continuously expose the victimization of farmed animals, more people every day are urging their government leaders to pass new legislation in order to alleviate the suffering of God's farmed animals. Although these laws are crucial, it is imperative that people stop supporting the industries that abuse these animals. The transition to a plant-based diet accords with Jesus' message of compassion, mercy and love.

2. Famous Quote

"Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."

~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 –1860), German philosopher

3. Sea Shepherd’s Victory

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships have been actively trying to stop Japanese ships from hunting whales for years and this year it seems that their persistence has paid off -- at least for the moment. Japanese officials have announced the temporary suspension of its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated harassment by the conservationist group. To read the full article please search online for Sea Shepherd Activists Prompt Japan to Suspend Whaling

Kudos for Sea Shepherd activists who risk their lives in order to defend whales, God's majestic animals, who suffer slow and painful deaths for essentially taste and profit! Being stewards of God's Creation calls us to expose victimization of any creature and to stop those industries that abuse them.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 2 Timothy 1:7

"...for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control."

God gives us the strength to follow His/Her will with a heart of love. Let's be bold and courageous!

5. “Welfarist” Approach Works

Welfarists and Abolitionist supporters have long argued as to which approach is more effective in encouraging people to reduce their meat consumption, and ideally transition to a plant-based diet. The answer might have just arrived: two agricultural economists from prominent American universities have published the results of the first known study of the effects of “welfarist” reforms on consumer demand for meat. The findings are clear and unequivocal: “As a whole, media attention to animal welfare has significant, negative effects on U.S. meat demand.” It causes the public to buy and eat less meat.

To read the full article please search online for Norm Phelps: Science Weighs In at Last: Campaigns for "Welfarist" Reforms Cause People to Buy Significantly Less Meat

While God's animal advocates seek ultimately to stop the exploitation of animals, welfarist campaigns seem to have more effect as far as meat consumption goes. Although reduction of meat products is not ideal, it definitely reduces significantly the suffering of God's farmed animals. As advocates for all of God's Creation, we should encourage and support any improvement in the lives of farmed animals.

6. This Week’s Video – “Ask Your Doctor about Meat”

Watch this humorous but truthful video about meat-eating. “Ask Your Doctor About Meat” exposes the environmental, health and animal welfare issues surrounding factory farming. Please share with friends and family! To watch it please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_84ItZvU64.

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