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Our Hard-Heartedness Toward God’s Animals
December 3, 2012

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

  1. Animals Have Consciousness
  2. Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
  3. The Virtual Gestation Crate
  4. Bible verse: Proverbs 11:3
  5. Cruelty to Animals Doesn’t Stop There
  6. This Week’s Video: Make It Possible

1. Animals Have Consciousness
 
"On July 7, 2012, an international panel of neuroscientists at the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and non-Human Animals signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which states that animals have consciousness and that humans are not unique in having consciousness. The Declaration's main author has since gone vegan." The Declaration can be downloaded here:
http://fcmconference.org/img/CambridgeDeclarationOnConsciousness.pdf

Please read the full article at Neuroscientists Declare Animals Have Consciousness:
http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalrights101/a/Neuroscientists-Declare-Animals-Have-Consciousness.htm?nl=1
 
It’s fantastic that science is helping people look at God’s animals under a different light. Hopefully, all this new information will help expose the exploitation of sentient beings and encourage people to be compassionate and merciful. The bottom line is truly that we have all been created by a loving God, that we therefore share the same essence of love and that we are connected through this web of love. 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
"Compassion is ethical intelligence: it is the capacity to make connections and the consequent urge to act to relieve the suffering of others."
 
~ Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet 


3. The Virtual Gestation Crate
 
Of course, it’s impossible to fully understand what it must be like for a female pig to be imprisoned in a gestation crate for 2.5 years of her life. However, a new tool exists that helps the viewer to imagine to some extent the misery, terror, frustration and pain that sows experience in gestation crates.

Please visit The Visual Gestation Crate:
http://animalvisuals.org/vgc
 
Experiencing "The Visual Gestation Crate" was to say the least, incredibly sad. Moreover, these gestation crates are in filthy buildings, where workers empty their anger by beating and humiliating these animals, where sows spend the 4 months of their pregnancies, and where they suffer horrors few of us can ever imagine. Gestation crates make a mockery of God’s love for sows. 


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Proverbs 11:3
 
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
 
The animal agriculture industry is not particularly known for its integrity but for its deceiving nature. Supporting it makes us accomplices of their deceit and destruction on God’s Creation. 


5. Cruelty to Animals Doesn’t Stop There
 
It seems that those who abuse animals rarely stop there, but go onto abusing humans. This is exactly what Professor Eleonora Gullone, Associate Professor in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, believes. She says that “Almost without exception, the perpetrators of animal cruelty crimes are the same individuals who carry out aggressive and violent acts including assault, partner and child abuse. Thus, animal cruelty crimes should be treated with the same seriousness as crimes against humans. Moreover, the punishments should reflect their severity."

Please visit Animal cruelty makes 'a morally unsafe world for human beings':
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17241
 
It makes sense that once a person deadens his/her sensitivity toward the pain caused to God's animals, this person also deadens his/her sensitivity toward the pain caused to people. On the other hand, the more we love and respect other creatures, the more we will respect and love human life.  


6. This Week’s Video: Make It Possible
 
Watch this amazing Australian anti-factory farming ad featuring one little pig with a big heart, a big voice and a big dream that is sure to touch your soul.

Please visit Make it Possible:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/appeal/make-it-possible/countdown2.php


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