Avoiding Hurting God’s Animals is Practicing the Faith of Christ
April 15, 2013
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- What’s Inside Factory Farms?
- Famous Quote: Will Tuttle, The World
- The Suffering of God’s Animals
- Bible verse: Luke 15:23
- Factory Farming Needs to End
Week’s Video: An Eye-Opening Prank
1. What’s Inside
What really hides behind the walls of factory
farms? Rats, maggots, flies and lots of poop. Factory farms are
concentration camps of animals who live their lives in filth, pain and
fear. What’s also appalling is that inspectors at these facilities
witness such conditions and do nothing about it.
Flies, Maggots, Rats, and Lots of Poop: What Big Ag Doesn't Want You
What can be expected when we hyper-confine God’s
animals to the point that they are unable to exercise their most basic
instincts and needs? When we cause misery, misery comes back to us. We
are now experiencing the consequences of our actions toward our fellow
beings in the form of physical, environmental, social, emotional,
spiritual and psychological degradation in society.
always bring healing and restoration by doing our best to live in
peace and harmony with all of God’s creatures.
Week’s Famous Quote
"Practicing veganism means practicing
respect and sensitivity toward others, especially those who are
vulnerable and without social privilege, and is precisely the practice
required to bring healing to our corrupt and wounded culture.
Veganism is a call to renounce the core practice of our
culture—reducing beings to mere harvestable and abuseable
commodities—and to practice, in every aspect of our lives, its
opposite: mindfulness, inclusiveness, equality, and respect.
There is no force more subversive to our culture than practicing
vegans, no force more challenging, healing, transformative, and
uplifting than people living the truth that all life is sacred and
~ Dr. Will Tuttle, The World
3. The Suffering of God’s Animals
Pachirat, a doctoral candidate in political science seeking to
understand the normalization of violence in society and who wrote a
book titled “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the
Politics of Sight,” took a job at a slaughterhouse in Omaha, NE. In
this article, Mark Bittman, refers to Pachirat as he exposes one of
the main reasons to reduce or eliminate animal products from one’s
diet: animal suffering. In regards to eating meat Pachirat stated,
“It’s just not worth the pleasure when you know the system.”
The Human Cost of Animal Suffering:
animals endure unimaginable abuse at factory farms and slaughterhouses
around the world; and still most people around the world still support
the meat, egg and dairy industries. I think the main reason is that
these industries are doing everything in their power to keep people
disconnected from their food choices and to keep the suffering of
animals hidden from the public. However, the victimization of God’s
animals is being exposed like never before, and Christians are now
faced with the choice of supporting cruelty or embracing compassion
and justice. It’s a choice we have to make.
This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Luke 15:23
“… and bring
the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;…”
Eating the “fatted calf” was a sign of joy and celebration that,
presumably, Jesus’ audience understood. This was a parable, and no
calf was actually killed. When people today use language and metaphors
such as “to kill two birds with one stone,” that doesn’t mean that we
actually approve of such behavior. Furthermore, if Jesus had approved
of animal agriculture in his day, it would not follow that he would
endorse modern factory farming.
5. Factory Farming Needs
This is a short, clear and concise article about why
people should stop supporting the factory farming industry. It’s
simple. Animal-based agriculture is bad for us, bad for the animals
and bad for the environment. Make sure you check out the slide show as
Why Everyone Should Be Angry About Factory Farming:
Anger is a very primal emotion, than if channeled accordingly, can
help us make changes that would benefit to all of God’s Creation.
After all, even the Bible relates that Jesus was angry when he
expelled dealers from the temple (Matthew 21:12).
Take a look at this hilarious prank where
people are forced to take a look at who they are really eating.
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