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Greed and Tyranny:
Our Treatment of Farmed Animals

October 31, 2011

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. Greed Kills Half A Million Calves

2. Famous Quote: Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Alsatian theologian, musician,
philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

3. Hugh Dowding: Pioneer Animal Advocate

4. Bible verse: Psalm 28:7

5. Bill to Ban Gestation Crates and Veal Crates in MA

6. This Week’s Video: Jane Velez-Mitchell on Factory Farming


1. Greed Kills Half A Million Calves

More than 500,000 young dairy calves were mercilessly killed as a result of greed and profit. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed by law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP on behalf of consumers, various dairy companies - including the National Milk Producers Federation, Dairy Farmers of America, and Land O'Lakes - formed a trade group called Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) in order to engage in an illegal price fixing scheme that has resulted in more than $9.5 billion in unfairly obtained profits. CWT allegedly colluded to reduce the supply of milk and thereby inflate the price by buying out small dairy farms and then instructing workers to kill their entire herds. To learn more please visit Dairy Industry Allegedly Kills Half a Million Calves in Illegal Price Fixing Scheme:
http://www.mfablog.org/2011/09/dairy-industry-allegedly-kills-half-a-million-calves-in-illegal-price-fixing-scheme.html

The total disrespect for the lives of God's animals is so appalling that it seems unreal to those of us who do our best to embrace a compassionate lifestyle. Our responsibility to bring change is to expose the inherent cruelty of animal agriculture so more people realize that farmed animals are systematically tortured and killed for nothing else than taste and profit.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood(womanhood) and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.

~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.


3. Hugh Dowding: Pioneer Animal Advocate

In a recent issue of Peaceable Table there is a fantastic piece on pioneer animal advocate Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), who was the head of the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command in 1940 and widely credited with leading his country to victory in the Battle of Britain, helping freed Britain and perhaps much of western civilization from Nazi tyranny.

Dowding, a spiritualist, theosophist, vegetarian, and advocate on behalf of animals, is a role model for those who want to live a compassionate lifestyle and help make the world a better place. To learn more please visit:
http://www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue81.html


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

With suffering all around us many times we might feel powerless and discouraged. However, we should remember that God promises to guide us and protect us, helping us overcome the obstacles the life brings.


5. Bill to Ban Gestation Crates and Veal Crates in MA

A hearing on a bill to ban gestation crates and veal crates in Massachusetts took place earlier this month during which 3 kids testified in behalf of farmed animals. The hyper-confinement of farmed animals (such as gestation crates and veal crates) is standard procedure in factory farms and animals suffer greatly emotionally, psychologically and physically under these conditions.

There are no factory farms in Massachusetts and animal advocates would like factory farms to stay away if possible. If the bill is passed, offenders would be fined $1000 dollars and face jail time for up to 6 months. To read the article please visit Kids testify on animal confinement ban:
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/politics/Kids-testify-on-animal-confinement-ban

It would seem common sense for Christians to support bills that ban cruelty of God’s animals, since we all called to show compassion and mercy to all creatures. It is our hope that Massachusetts passes this bill and that all states would follow. The world will know no peace unless we stop the relentless exploitation of sentient beings.


6. This Week’s Video: Jane Velez-Mitchell on Factory Farming

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell talks to Time magazine's Bryan Walsh about the first National Conference to End Factory Farming taking place this month in Washington, DC. Bryan Walsh highlights the extent of pollution these factory farms cause as well as the suffering of animals confined in them.

Please visit The fight to end factory farming:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/10/22/jvm-end-factory-farming-conference.cnn


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