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CVA Blog
Monday, Mar 28, 2011

Behind Our Food Choices: Cruelty or Compassion

1. “Eating Animals” Selected for UNC and Duke Summer Reading Program

2. Famous Quote – John Robbins

3. Ohio Care Board Approves Cruel Amendment

4. Bible verse – Philippians 2:3-4

5. MFA’s Nationwide Tour!

6. This Week’s Video – Bills Would Ban Undercover Farm Footage


1. “Eating Animals” Selected for UNC and Duke Summer Reading Program

"Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer has been selected for summer reading at UNC and Duke. “I think any student reading this book will look at the research that the author did and realize that that’s what they should think about doing for all the big decisions in their lives,” said Jan Yopp, the UNC dean of summer school and chairwoman of UNC’s selection committee. "Eating Animals" looks in depth at factory farms and the ethical and environmental issues surrounding them. It does a great job at exposing the inherent cruelty and brutality of animal agriculture in a personable manner. To read the article please search online for UNC, Duke select book on vegetarianism for summer reading

Jonathan Safran Foer exposes the readers to the significant and unavoidable ethical issues of supporting animal agriculture. It is indeed one of the best books on the subject that everyone should read. As stewards of God's Creation we have the responsibility to look into the consequences of our choices, whether it is convenient or not. 

2. Famous Quote

"Awareness is bad for the meat business. Conscience is bad for the meat business. Sensitivity to life is bad for the meat business. DENIAL, however, the meat business finds indispensable."

~ John Robbins, Diet for a New America

3. Ohio Care Board Approves Cruel Amendment

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board has approved that veal producers in the Buckeye State be allowed to continue raising their calves in stall confinement into 2017 and beyond. The board voted 6-5 in favor of removing language that would have allowed calves of all ages to turn around. The amendment effectively allows calves to be kept in individual stall pens that restrict turning around, up to 10 weeks of age, after 2017. To read the article please search online for Ohio care board OKs confinement stall for veal calves

It is outrageous that farmers continue to abuse God's animals! Unless consumers take a firm stand and stop supporting the veal industry, a by-product of the dairy industry, practices like not allowing veal calves to turn around for weeks will continue; thus, creating unimaginable suffering for these young animals. Christians are called to reflect God's love onto all Creation, which includes showing love and compassion to God's farmed animals.

4. Bible

(RSV) Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

We are called to show humility to others and to avoid looking at them as lesser individuals. Shouldn’t we apply this teaching to all of God's creatures and not just humans? As stewards of God's Creation, our behavior toward all creatures should be one of compassion, mercy and love.

5. MFA’s Nationwide Tour!

Monday, March 7th, the animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals (MFA) launched an impressive “Farm to Fridge” nationwide road traveling nearly 12,000 miles to more than 40 cities, exposing the plight of animals in factory farms, hatcheries, and slaughterhouses. The tour spotlights a mobile multi-media advocacy center - featuring a custom-built truck retrofitted with 80" TV screens, speakers and billboard-sized banners, asking, "How much cruelty can you swallow?" The signs feature images of calves, hens, and pigs confined on factory farms, and urges consumers to "Boycott Animal Abuse. Choose Vegetarian." The tour in every city will culminate with screenings of MFA's Farm to Fridge documentary. To learn more please search online for MFA Launches Nationwide Tour to Expose Meat Industry Cruelty

How wonderful that MFA is actively exposing the plight of God’s farmed animals so cruelly abused for profit and taste! It is our hope that millions of people soften their hearts upon learning the unimaginable suffering of God’s animals and adopt a compassionate diet.

6. This Week’s Featured Video: Bills Would Ban Undercover Farm Footage

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell reports on the several states that are trying to criminalize undercover footage taken at factory farms. Jane Velez-Mitchell exposes the unimaginable cruelty that factory farmed animals suffer and urges the consumer to oppose measure that would prevent courageous and compassionate individuals to document the appalling condition in factory farms and slaughterhouses. To watch the video please search online for Bills would ban undercover farm footage .

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