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God’s Animals Mourn, Grieve and Suffer
November 11, 2013

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

  1. Cows Mourn and Suffer
  2. Famous Quote: Rynn Berry
  3. Human Breast Milk vs. Cow’s Milk
  4. Bible verse: 1 John 4:8
  5. Two Ways to Die
  6. This Week’s Video: Free Birds

1. Cows Mourn and Suffer
 
Neighbors around Sunshine Dairy Farm in Newbury, MA called the police to check on strange, distress sounds. Upon inspection the police reassured them that nobody was in distress and that it was simply cows mourning the loss of having been separated from their newborn calves. According to police this happens every year.

Please visit Strange noises turn out to be cows missing their calves
 
“Residents in the area of Sunshine Dairy Farm may notice loud noises coming from the dairy cows at all hours of the day and night. We’ve been informed that the cows are not in distress and that the noises are a normal part of farming practices.” Not in distress??!! Cows mourn and suffer much like humans; and therefore, separating them from their babies is cruel. Anyone who consumes dairy is supporting this very inhumane “standard” practice of not allowing calves stay with their mothers as God intended.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
"My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid - milk."
 
~ Rynn Berry

3. Human Breast Milk vs. Cow’s Milk
 
This is a very thought provoking article on cow’s milk vs. human breast milk. James McWilliams ponders on the absurdity of humans not questioning the fact that cow’s milk is far from ideal for humans, and that it entails much exploitation of cows and intense marketing by the milk industry. He says, “Given that drinking the milk of one’s own species provides the most natural source of nutrition known to mammalian life, it’s strange–or perhaps just a testament to the marketing geniuses in the milk industry–that everyday consumers of conventional bovine milk rarely pause to ponder the implications of supping on the stolen secretions of another species.”

Please visit Milk of human kindness denied to dairy cows 
 
Cow’s milk is for calves. Milk is very species-specific and is intended to be a food source during infancy. Humans have strayed away from the natural world and drink milk from other species -- mainly cow’s -- and do so throughout all stages of life. This causes much suffering to cows and their babies, and has serious repercussions on human health.
 
It’s time to listen to our inner wisdom, God’s will, and stop the exploitation of God’s animals. Showing compassion to them helps us make mindful choices.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) 1 John 4:8
 
He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.
 
We are created in God’s image of love and therefore we are called to be care-takers of God’s Creation, not tyrants over God’s creatures. Love and animal exploitation cannot co-exist.


5. Two Ways to Die
 
In poultry slaughterhouses, birds die in two ways. Both ways are filled with fear and pain, but one is more agonizing than the other. Birds are shackled and hung by their fragile legs, and led to an electrified bath of water. However, some birds lift their heads up and avoid it, which prevents them from getting unconscious. Then they go through the neck cutting blade, which they might miss again and finally to a scalding bath of water. Either way, scalded alive or dead, is the fate of all birds raised for food.

Please visit For Birds on the Slaughterline, Two Ways to Die
 
The needless and merciless business of raising animals for food causes unspeakable suffering to all of God’s Creation. We need to acknowledge and realize that when we cause misery to God’s animals we are causing misery to ourselves as well. We reap what we sow.


6. This Week’s Video:  Free Birds
 
"Free Birds", an animated movie that tells the story of two turkeys who travel back in time to the first "Thanksgiving Day" in hopes of putting an end to the barbaric and senseless tradition of eating turkey. This movie will hopefully touch the hearts and minds of viewers, and raise awareness about the suffering of 45 million turkeys who are slaughtered every year in the U.S. for tradition.

Please visit Hollywood Draws Attention to Turkey Slaughter in Free Birds to read more about it and watch the trailer. Please share as well!  


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