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Does the Way We Treat Animals Reflect God’s Essence in Us?
April 23, 2012

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

  1. Tail-Docking Needs to be Discontinued
  2. Famous Quote: Hippocrates
  3. Eating “Chicken” Without the Suffering
  4. Bible verse: Romans 5:5
  5. Every Twelve Seconds”, the Commodification of God’s
  6. This Week’s Video: Wayne Pacelle on The Ellen Show

1. Tail-Docking Needs to be Discontinued
 
Hoard's Dairyman Editorial says it's time to discontinue tail-docking. Scientific evidence suggests that it's not beneficial for cows and that in fact bovines with docked tails actually have more flies, not less, compared to counterparts with tails. Still, the dairy industry defends dehorning and believe it is a practice that can easily be explained to consumers who visit the farms, while on the other hand, tail-docking might not be as easy to explain.

Please visit Hoard's Dairyman Editorial: It's time to discontinue tail-docking:
http://www.hoards.com/12mar25-editorial-tail-docking
 
Although on one hand it is encouraging that the barbaric practice of tail docking is looked at as useless and that will hopefully will be discontinued, it is still appalling that these farmers care more about the perception of consumers that the pain and suffering of cows. I wonder why the dairy industry doesn’t show the procedure of tail-docking or dehorning in their "happy cows" commercials for example, or when they advertize their dairy products? I would think simply because most consumers would stop supporting such an abusive industry.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.
 
~ Hippocrates

3. Eating “Chicken” Without the Suffering
 
Mark Bittman once again is making his readers ponder about the need of eating animal products, especially chicken, when the “mock chicken” alternative he tried tasted almost too good to be true. Nowadays, meat analogs are widely available, but most importantly they do not involve the confinement, abuse and killing of sentient beings; do not leave a much smaller footprint; and are free of cholesterol, hormones and antibiotics.

Please visit A Chicken Without Guilt:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/finally-fake-chicken-worth-eating.html?_r=2
 
Whether it is replacing meat with meat analogs or with nuts, seeds and legumes there is no doubt that doing it is great for God’s Creation! There is indeed a sense of peace and joy when we sit at the table to give thanks to our Creator for our meal and know that it was produced without the cruelty and death that animal agriculture entails.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Romans 5:5

... and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

God love is present in all of us and where there is love, there is also hope. Advocates of God’s Creation, who are aware and witness much suffering and devastation, should never lose hope because we are actively participating in its healing and reconciliation.


5. “Every Twelve Seconds”, the Commodification of God’s Farmed Animals

Yes, another Bittman article that exposes how farmed animals are considered in the animal agriculture system: simple commodities. Bittman refers to a recently published book, “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight,” byTimothy Pachirat. The 12 seconds that the title refers to explain just the sheer amount of killing that takes place in a slaughterhouse: 12 seconds is the frequency with which the Omaha slaughterhouse where Pachirat worked for five months killed cattle, a total of around 2,500 per day. Pachirat told Bittman “the way the animals form a continuous stream rather than individual creatures, makes it clear the animals are seen as raw material. The cattle are called ‘beef’ even while they’re alive — and that not only protects people from acknowledging what they’re doing and that they’re doing it to sentient beings, it’s also accurate, a reflection of the process itself.”

Please visit The Human Cost of Animal Suffering:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/the-human-cost-of-animal-suffering/?scp=4&sq=bittman&st=cse

What can we expect if just in the US about 10 billion land animals are slaughtered just for the sake of taste and profit? Supporting this industry means supporting the most voluminous cruelty on animals on the planet. Adopting a plant-based diet is not only attainable but relatively easy nowadays. There’s plenty of information, support and very tasty plant-based products. One only has to reflect on how our choice of diet is hurting God’s Creation… mindful choices follow a change of heart.


6. This Week’s Video: Wayne Pacelle on The Ellen Show

Wayne Pacelle, President of The Humane Society in the United States, was on the "Ellen Show" earlier this month to talk about his book, "The Bond," and the important role animals play in our lives. In this short excerpt, Pacelle shares how egg-laying hens are raised for food in the U.S. and what steps are being taken in trying to alleviate their suffering.

Please visit For the Love of Animals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-kRKyHIuXA&t=3m39s


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