Lent: A Season of
Reflection, Love and Compassion
February 25, 2013
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- What’s Wrong with Dairy?
- Famous Quote: Mike Anderson, vegan advocate and writer
Mann Makes a Case for Vegetarianism
- Bible verse: Job 12:7-10
- Gestation Crates Must Go
- This Week’s Video: Israel and Iran: A love story?
1. What’s Wrong with Dairy?
Many people assume that consuming dairy products is not nearly as
bad as eating the flesh of animals. However, the reality is very
different. Dairy cows and their calves are some of the most abused
animals in agribusiness. This piece explains the unimaginable
suffering these animals endure: brutal artificial insemination,
beatings, stealing of their milk, separation of mother and baby
shortly after birth, killing of male of calves, veal production, etc.
Torture and Infanticide: Why Dairy is Bad and share!
God’s cows and her babies live a hellish life so humans can enjoy the
taste of dairy products. The way we treat these animals goes against
Christ’s faith, which is centered on compassion, mercy and love. The
sooner we acknowledge this, the more we participate in the healing and
reconciliation in God’s Creation!
2. This Week’s Famous
As far as eating is concerned, humans are the most
stupid animals on the planet. We kill billions of wild animals to
protect the animals that we eat. We are destroying our environment to
feed to the animals we eat. We spend more time, money and resources
fattening up the animals that we eat, than we do feeding humans who
are dying of hunger. The greatest irony is that after all the expenses
of raising these animals, we eat them; and they kill us slowly. And
rather than recognize this madness, we torture and murder millions of
other animals trying to find cures to diseases caused by eating
animals in the first place.
~ Mike Anderson, vegan advocate
3. Father Mann Makes a Case for Vegetarianism
The Tablet, the weekly paper for the Catholic Diocese of
Brooklyn, published a series of 3 articles written by Fr. Frank Mann
in which he makes a call for mercy and compassion, and encourages
Christians to adopt a plant-based diet.
To read the 3 pieces please
Abstaining from Meat
Can Be Transforming http://thetablet.org/?p=20648
The Call to Mercy
Owe to Animals
Although for the most part
the brutal treatment of God’s farmed animals is not in the radar of
church leaders, it’s encouraging to learn that some spiritual leaders,
such as Fr. Mann, recognize the paramount importance of treating
animals with compassion and kindness, which ultimately leads to
abstaining from hurting and killing them; thus, not eating them.
Indeed, faith and choice of diet are intimately related.
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Job 12:7-10
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. Gestation Crates Must Go
Nathan Runkle, founder and
Executive Director of the animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals,
explains why Walmart’s cheap cost of pork comes with a very high
price: egregious acts of cruelty. Numerous undercover videos at pig
factory farms have shown the systematic, standard cruelty inflicted on
these animals. Aside from piglets being slammed headfirst into the
ground, workers cutting off piglets' tails and testicles without
painkillers, and animals suffering from bloody open wounds, one of the
most abusive practices by the pig industry that Walmart still supports
is cramming pigs into gestation crates where they can barely move,
certainly not turn around or lie down comfortably, and never exercise
any of their instincts and needs.
Please visit The High Cost of Walmart's Cheap Pork:
Treating pigs without any compassion or
mercy is certainly making a mockery of God’s love for them. Gestation
crates have no place in a civilized society. Christians, stewards of
God’s Creations, are called to expose victimization and to do our best
to stop it. It’s clear that farmed animals are brutally victimized by
the animal agriculture industry and that unless we take a stand and
stop consuming their products, God’s animals will continue to suffer
for simply taste and profit.
6. This Week’s Video
Although it isn't about vegetarianism, this TED Talk is a good
reminder of the power of being positive, loving and hopeful.
Israel and Iran: A love story?
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