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God’s Amazing Animals
September 16, 2013

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

  1. Pigs: Amazingly Intelligent
  2. Famous Quote: Jo Tyler
  3. A Visit to Farm Sanctuary
  4. Bible verse: Proverbs 15:23
  5. The Terrible Things We Do to Chickens
  6. This Week’s Video: Emergency Rescue Update: 200 Chickens Rescued

1. Pigs: Amazingly Intelligent
 
Abundant evidence shows that pigs are very smart creatures and that their emotional lives are very rich, much like dogs. However, pigs are abused in egregious ways and turned into food, while dogs are treated many times like family members. This is where The Someone Project comes into place. It aims to expose the abundant research involving pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals that show these animals have much more emotionally complex lives than commonly believed.

Please visit Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question:
http://news.yahoo.com/pigs-smart-dogs-activists-pose-073958905.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UaGQPZR8TEABLXQtDMD
 
All creatures, human or not, are creations of God. We all share the same essence of life that allows us to feel. When we ignore this, we are denying other creatures their God-given rights to exercise their instincts and needs, which in turn goes against the very principles of Jesus’ teachings of compassion, mercy and love.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
“The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food. The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience.”
 
~ Jo Tyler


3. A Visit to Farm Sanctuary
 
Read the heart-felt story of Jeff Johnson, a person who spent a few days at Farm Sanctuary in NY learning about their rescued animals and also the miserable lives that the rest of the animals have in factory farms around the world. Jeff especially focuses on Nikki, a mother pig who escaped a factory farm during a flood and kept her babies safe until rescued. Sadly, most factory farmed animals don’t end up rescued but instead live a life of cruelty until they meet a brutal death.

Please visit For animals, a better way of life:
http://news.yahoo.com/pigs-smart-dogs-activists-pose-073958905.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UaGQPZR8TEABLXQtDMD
 
God’s farmed animals are routinely abused and killed in farms and factory farms around the world even though it’s virtually unnecessary. Our society seems to be influenced more by traditions, habits, convenience and taste, rather than love and compassion.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Proverbs 15:23
 
“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!”
 
God calls us to talk to one another in a respectful, loving way. While many times we are tempted to respond in anger or frustration, we should remember that timely and appropriate words spoken in gentleness are Christ-like and more effective.


5. The Terrible Things We Do to Chickens
 
Chickens raised for their flesh today are pushed to grow at such an unnatural rate (with unnatural feeds and drugs) that their end weight would be like a 10 year-old child weighing 500 pounds. You can watch a 30-second animation in this article to understand the severity of the problem and to try to picture the suffering these animals endure.

Please visit A child raised to weigh 500 pounds by age 10?
http://www.countinganimals.com/a-child-raised-to-weigh-five-hundred-pounds-by-age-ten/
 
The things we do to God's animals for profit and taste are really terrible. We sow seeds of pain, fear and death when we eat these creatures, and then we wonder why there's so much disease, fear and suffering around us. We can make this world a better place if we align our food choices with our values and beliefs.


6. This Week’s Video
 
Farm Sanctuary's National Shelter Director Susie Coston shows the viewer the extent of suffering and disease factory farmed egg-laying hens experience. The video features one of the 200 hens rescued from a factory farm.

Please visit Emergency Rescue Update: 200 Chickens Rescued and share with friends and family:
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/videos/animal-rescues/emergency-rescue-update-200-chickens-rescued/


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