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God’s Animals Suffer from Farm to Fridge
September 10, 2012

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

  1. Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. Reopens
  2. Famous Quote: Albert Schweitzer
  3. Just Stating the Facts
  4. Bible verse: Proverbs 4:6-7
  5. The New “Soul Food”
  6. This Week’s Video: Farm to Fridge

1. Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. Reopens
 
Central Valley Meat Co., Inc., the slaughterhouse that was closed for a week after the release of an undercover video by Compassion For Animals, will reopen its doors on Monday. The USDA has agreed to let this plant resume operations if they agreed on a few requirements such as training their workers on how to handle cows, not using electric prods on the cows’ “sensitive areas,” transporting downed animals properly stunned, etc.

Please visit Central Valley slaughterhouse reopens after animal abuse claims:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/central-valley-slaughterhouse-reopens.html
 
Insanity, hardness of heart, greed and corruption at its best! By allowing this slaughterhouse to continue operations, we are only helping spread misery and devastation in God’s Creation. Consumers need to stop supporting the animal agriculture industry or we will continue to plant seeds of pain, sorrow and death.
 
We should not forget that we are all part of the divine web of life and when we harm others, we harm ourselves. Let’s put Christ’s teachings of compassion, mercy, love and justice into practice on our daily lives. By doing this, we will naturally adopt a plant-based diet that helps bring healing, reconciliation and restoration to God’s Creation. 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”
 
~ Albert Schweitzer 


3. Just Stating the Facts
 
Dan Murphy, a defender of animal agriculture, writes on Drovers (an Ag journal) about the closure of the CA slaughterhouse after allegations of animal abuse. Murphy, surprisingly, refers to the dairy industry in a very real way: an industry that too often exploits animals without any concern of their well-being, who as a result, end up with “weak, worn out and often struggling to remain ambulatory during transport to the increasingly few, distant cow plants.”

Please visit Commentary: When the cows come home:
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/e-newsletters/drovers-daily/167586065.html?view=all
 
I applaud Dan Murphy for stating what should be evident to everyone: dairy cows are one of the most abused animals in the food industry. They are impregnated year after year, their milk and their babies are stolen from them, they suffer mutilations without anesthesia, they live under confinement, fear and pain; and at the end of their lives, when they can no longer produce anymore milk or have anymore babies, they are sent to slaughter to die in horrific ways. Somehow, dairy products just don’t seem worth the suffering; and clearly, the dairy industry makes a mockery of God’s love for farmed animals. 


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Proverbs 4:6-7
 
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
 
Wisdom helps us discern the right path to take, the right choice to make. If we don't apply wisdom and intuition on our daily lives, we might miss important lessons and make choices that actually harm ourselves and others.  


5. The New “Soul Food”
 
Most people think of "soul food" as dishes like barbecued ribs, fried chicken, pork chops, ham, black-eyed peas and cornbread. However, according to Ishmael Shakur, a black American who chooses to eat a plant-based diet, foods containing animal products are not "soul food" but are actually soul destroyers. Ishmael is among the growing number of black Americans who have adopted a compassionate, healthful plant-based diet that "... adds to your spirit, gives you energy, gives you life, and helps you feel vibrant."

Please visit More black Americans are giving up meat and dairy:
http://www.toledoblade.com/Food/2012/09/02/More-black-Americans-are-giving-up-meat-and-diary.html

Kudos for everyone who understands that food not only nourishes the body but also the soul!! It’s not possible to ingest the products of terror, pain and death and believe they don’t affect our essence or our spirit in a negative way.


6. This Week’s Video: Farm to Fridge  
 
Farm to Fridge is a short documentary that takes viewers on a learning journey so they can witness what farmed animals go through from farm to table. A must see movie!

Please visit www.meatvideo.com and share:
http://www.meatvideo.com/


 

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