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No More Excuses! Choose Compassion
March 11, 2013

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

  1. Most Massive and Egregious Abuse
  2. Famous Quote: River Phoenix (actor, 1970 - 1993)
  3. “Humane” Meat Does Not Exist
  4. Bible verse: Genesis 2:15
  5. No More Excuses!
  6. This Week’s Video: Animal abuse in America's food industry

1. Most Massive and Egregious Abuse
 
Eating eggs seems harmless to the animals who produce them, but sadly, the reality is very different. Bruce Friedrich, Farm Sanctuary’s senior director for strategic initiatives, explains clearly why egg-laying hens might just be the most abused animals by the animal agriculture industry. Intense confinement, unsanitary conditions and painful mutilations are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the suffering these animals undergo.

Please visit The Cruelest of All Factory Farm Products: Eggs from Caged Hens:
http://blog.farmsanctuary.org/2013/01/the-cruelest-of-all-factory-farm-products-eggs-from-caged-hens/
 
When we stop and ponder about the suffering of God’s animals in our hands, we might realize that it’s not possible to claim to follow Christ’s teachings of compassion, mercy and love and at the same time continue to support atrocities simply to satisfy taste and pleasure. Eggs are not essential in a healthy human diet; actually, we might benefit from not eating them at all from a health, spiritual, social and psychological perspective. 


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
“When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.”

~ River Phoenix (actor, 1970 - 1993)


3.  “Humane” Meat Does Not Exist

Ingrid Newkirk, President and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), clearly explains why the term “humane meat” is untrue and deceiving. The term “humane” refers to less abused animals, who might have had a little bit more space to live, maybe some contact with nature such as feeling the grass or soil, or that might have had a natural diet. However, all farmed animals killed for food are slaughtered at a very young age. They don’t get to exercise their natural instincts or even raise their young. Newkirk makes a call for compassion and ethical treatment of sentient beings, which should lead people to stop supporting the meat industry.

Please visit Let's Face It: There Is No Such Thing as Humane Meat:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ingrid-newkirk/humane-meat_b_2765996.html
 
What about humane murder? Humane rape? Humane abuse? Of course there cannot be such a thing as humane meat when the animal was ultimately slaughtered after being raised for taste and profit. God’s farmed animals don’t willingly give their flesh, skin, fur, eggs or milk to us. All these things are brutally taken from them.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Genesis 2:15
 
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.”
 
God instructed Adam to “till” and “keep” the Garden of Eden, and by analogy we may see caring for God’s Creation as our sacred task. The typical meat eater’s diet can require up to 14 times more water and 20 times more energy than that of a vegetarian. Indeed, current use of land, water, and energy is not sustainable; resource depletion threatens to cause hardships for humankind this century.


5. No More Excuses!
 
The horse-meat scandal shook the confidence, or little confidence, consumers had on the food system. Consumers learned that eating animal products invariably leads to animal cruelty, environmental devastation and health issues. What is left to do? Transitioning to a plant-based diet!

Please visit No more excuses. The only defensible option is to go vegetarian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/17/no-more-excuses-go-vegetarian  
 
Sometimes a scandal such as the one with the horse meat can lead us to see how corrupted and unsafe our food system is, especially when it relies on and profits from the commoditization of God’s animals.


6. This Week’s Video: Animal abuse in America's food industry
 
Cody Carlson, former investigator for the Humane Society, gives the viewer an inside look of the egregious, standard, legal practices factory farms and how Ag-gag Bills are being introduced in different states in order to protect those who victimize God’s animals.

Please visit Animal abuse in America's food industry:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jduEMbr_sDA


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