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God’s Animals: Recipients of Our Hardness of Heart
August 27, 2012

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

  1. A Trip of Horror
  2. Famous Quote: Leonardo da Vinci
  3. Rev. Miles Exposes Rep. Steve King
  4. Bible verse: Job 12:7-10
  5. California Slaughterhouse Closes
  6. This Week’s Video: Plant Closed by USDA Supplied Beef for In-N-Out Burger

1. A Trip of Horror
 
Thomas Walkom, columnist for The Star, exposes the plight of farmed animals, more specifically of pigs on their way to slaughter. Walkom shares what happens in Lake Shore Boulevard in Toronto, when a parade of tractor-trailer trucks passes by carrying pigs to slaughter. As the trucks moves slowly due the traffic, everyone can see and many videotape, pigs “jostling against one another in a mash of their own vomit and excrement” trapped in trucks in the sweltering heat without any reprieve. As Thomas Walkom says, “If people wanted to end hog misery, they easily could — simply by not eating pork.”

Please visit Walkom: Slaughtering pigs, a never-ending horror:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1231722--walkom-slaughtering-pigs-a-never-ending-horror
 
The violence perpetrated toward God’s farmed animals is mostly hidden from the public, although animal advocates are tirelessly working to expose it. Being present, mindful, one with God, one with life, is simply incompatible with violence. Our essence is love and if we truly want to reflect it onto all Creation, we need to stop exploiting other beings. 

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places!
 
~ Leonardo da Vinci

3. Rev. Miles Exposes Rep. Steve King

Reverend Austin Miles has written a fantastic piece exposing and questioning Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) morality. Rev. Miles lists King’s extensive "callous and uncaring" voting record against animal welfare in the last 9 years, and calls this behavior “disturbing” and “sinful”. A few examples of animal-related legislation that King has opposed include: an amendment cracking down on bear baiting on federal lands, a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption, an act strengthening penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting, a bill prohibiting the sale of primates as pets and several other pieces of legislation aimed at protecting wildlife species.

Please visit GOP Congressman Sponsors Animal Cruelty:
http://blogs.christianpost.com/the-connecting-link/gop-congressman-sponsors-animal-cruelty-11196/

Indeed, Mr. King’s clear opposition to alleviating the suffering of God’s animals is callous and merciless. Let’s hope people learn about this and stop supporting him and his agenda, which is obviously backed by people who benefit from the exploitation of these innocent creatures. 
 
Mr. King should also be recipient of our compassion; because those who lack empathy for the pain of others have also been shown little empathy and compassion. After all, in this web of love, God’s Creation, we are all connected. Once we see ourselves in others we don’t want to cause pain and suffering.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Job 12:7-10

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
 
The essence of God, the breath of our Creator, is in each and every one of us. Every creature on Earth is connected by this web of infinite love and wisdom. Once we embrace this fact, it’s not possible to willingly and unnecessarily cause harm to any creature.

5. California Slaughterhouse Closes

An undercover video released by Compassion Over Killing showing egregious acts of cruelty in a slaughterhouse in California has prompted the USDA to close it. The video shows workers pulling and kicking downer dairy cows, shooting them repeatedly in the head, and spraying and shocking them in an attempt to get them to move. And since this slaughterhouse processed dairy cows, the USDA is looking into the possibility that some of these animals might have had mad cow disease.

Please visit USDA probing whether cows entered food supply, recall needed at Calif. slaughterhouse:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/usda-probing-possible-calif-slaughterhouse-151207385.html
 
It’s good news that this video was taken seriously so that in this slaughterhouse cows are no longer tortured and killed, at least for now. However, the very sad reality is that these acts of barbaric cruelty are not isolated cases, but the norm in factory farms and slaughterhouses. The only way to prevent these abuses from happening is to stop exploiting God’s animals for our benefit. In fact, we do not ever benefit from hardening our hearts and ignoring the fact that all beings share the same essence of love. Let’s sow love, joy and peace, so we can reap love, joy and peace.

6. This Week’s Video: Plant Closed by USDA Supplied Beef for In-N-Out Burger

ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer covered the recent closure of the CA slaughterhouse. Please visit Plant Closed by USDA Supplied Beef for In-N-Out Burger and share!
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/plant-closed-usda-supplied-beef-burger/story?id=17051866#.UDQgPkScSwU


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