Jesus’ Teachings Oppose Speciesism
January 2, 2012
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Agribusiness’ Rotten Behavior
- Famous Quote: Will Tuttle, "The World Peace Diet"
- Veganism Opposes Speciesism
- Bible verse: Job 28:28
- Horse Slaughter Legal Again in the U.S.
- This Week’s Video: Butterball Turkey Farm Raided
1. Agribusiness’ Rotten Behavior
Paul Shapiro, senior director of farm animal protection for The
Humane Society of the United States, expresses in this op-ed why it's
just common sense not to confine farm animals to the point they cannot
even turn around, as is the case with gestation and farrowing crates for
sows. Of course, agribusiness still reasons that pigs under extreme
confinement do well, when many studies and plain common sense show the
opposite. The European Union and 8 states in the US have passed laws to
phase out gestation crates.
Please visit Common sense can aid animal
The factory farming business is a rotten one that shamelessly
continues to excuse extreme suffering of animals for the sake of profit.
Why is it that most Christians, who are called to reflect God's love
onto all Creation, still support the meat, egg and dairy industries when
they lack any compassion and mercy toward God's farmed animals? While
many people look at agribusiness at the one to blame for the suffering
of God's farmed animals, it is undeniable that those who support animal
agriculture share responsibility as well.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
Jesus’ exhortation that we love one another and not do to others what
we wouldn’t want done to us is the essence of the vegan ethic, which is
a boundless compassion that includes all who can suffer by our actions.
~ Will Tuttle, "The World Peace Diet"
3. Veganism Opposes Speciesism
Angel Flinn, Director of Outreach for Gentle World, and Dan Cudahy
author of Unpopular Vegan Essays: Unpopular Essays Concerning Popular
Violence Inflicted On The Innocent, write about the many ramifications
that speciesism has in our world and explain why ethical vegans oppose
it. Veganism, they say, transcends the gender, race, religion, politics
and of course, species boundary. Flinn and Cudahy explore the
discrepancies in Christianity and Buddhism, for example, when some or
most of their respective followers try their best to find loopholes to
excuse the exploitation of animals.
Please visit: Speciesism and
Veganism: Transcending Politics and Religion:
God's animals are exploited unnecessarily by humans and sadly most
Christians support this exploitation even though it clearly contradicts
Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love. One would expect
Christians to be the leaders in opposing animal exploitation. Is it that
our own benefit and pleasure trump Jesus' teachings? It is time to align
our choices with our faith.
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Job 28:28
And he said to man, `Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.'
Indeed, wisdom leads us to a path of loving kindness and compassion,
helping us to avoid straying away from Jesus' teachings.
5. Horse Slaughter Legal Again in the U.S.
President Barack Obama signed a bill on Nov. 18 making horse
slaughter plants legal in the US again. Pro-slaughter people believe
that it is better if horses are slaughtered in the US instead of Mexico
and Canada to where transport is inhumane and where there is no oversee
of their treatment. Anti-slaughter groups say that horses should not be
slaughtered for human consumption at all, and that there's no such thing
a humane slaughter.
Please visit U.S. horse slaughter plants in the very
early stages of planning, proponent says:
While it is true that the banning of horse-slaughter in the US didn’t
do much to prevent the death and especially the abuse of horses during
transport and slaughter, it raised an issue that tugs to the hearts of
Americans who see horses not as a food but mostly as a companion and
work animal. It’s also true that making it legal again does not mean at
all that they will be treated less abusively.
It is obvious that this subject creates conflict because it makes
people uncomfortable, which is a good thing. Something in their
conscience is telling them that the slaughtering of horses (and really
of any other animal) is an ethical, spiritual and moral issue, not a
trivial one. Will Christians take a stand on this subject? I hope they
do. After all, we consider ourselves stewards of God’s Creation, which
6. This Week’s Video: Butterball Turkey Farm Raided
Once again, thanks to the animal advocacy group
www.MercyForAnimals.org (MFA) a turkey farm in North Carolina has been
raided by officials. MFA released a video showing egregious acts of
cruelty by workers as well as turkeys living in appalling conditions.
read the article and watch the video please visit Butterball turkey farm
raided after allegations of abuse:
Every time acts of cruelty and unkindness are exposed we get closer
to decreasing victimization and making this world a better place for
each and everyone of God’s creatures and the generations to come.
Hopefully, many more people after watching the video above realize
that supporting the animal agriculture industry only perpetuates
violence in all of God’s creation.
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