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

Animal Rights Benefit Humans
March 2, 2015

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

  1. Heartwarming Rescue Stories of Chickens
  2. Famous Quote: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. Animal Rights Benefit Humans
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse
  5. A Change of Heart and Lifestyle
  6. Featured Photos

1. Heartwarming Rescue Stories of Chickens

Battery-caged hens are among the most abused of God’s animals. They spend their life in filth, hyper-confined, unable to stretch their wings, or play, or mate, or nest, or roost, or breath fresh air, or feel the sunlight, or even touch ground. And male chicks born from egg-laying hens are ground up alive or tossed in trash bags to suffocate.
The vast majority of these hens, billions every year just in the U.S., never know of a kind touch. However, thanks to the tireless work of animal advocates, some of these hens are rescued from hellish conditions and become ambassadors, who represent all those chickens still being exploited, and killed for taste and profit. Here’s the story of 6 of these hens and 1 rooster who now live in peace and show the world that they are sentient beings with feeling, emotions, needs and desires.

Please visit These 7 Stories of Hens Who Escaped Battery Cages Will Make Your Day


2. Famous Quote

“Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent.”
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


3. Animal Rights Benefit Humans

Our own Steve Kaufman, CVA chair, shares on this excellent op-ed why humans need animal rights. He refers to the many clear devastating consequences of raising animal for food, such as health issues (obesity, cancer, heart-disease), environmental devastation and, of course, the unimaginable suffering God’s animals experience. He also refers to the spiritual consequences that must not be ignored, because as he states, “…as long as people abuse animals for relatively trivial benefits, this dream of human cooperation and salvation appears impossible.

Any value we might propose to unite humanity -- such as the Golden Rule (do to others as we would like done to us), opposition to oppression and cruelty, and defense of the weak -- is fundamentally contradicted by the unjust, massive mistreatment of nonhuman beings. First, tolerating (or even financially supporting) animal abuse contradicts those principles. Second, it undermines the idea of compassion itself, a cornerstone of any such proposed cooperation. Third, it is easy to shift the arbitrary boundary between human and animal to human and "lower" human, and then deny justice to those "lower" humans.”

To read the full article, please visit Why Humans Need Animal Rights


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

We are called to show humility to others and to not look at them as lesser individuals. Should we apply this teaching to all of God's creatures and not just humans? As stewards of God's Creation, our behavior toward all creatures should be one of compassion, mercy and love. This truly shows we are made in the image of a loving God.


5. A Change of Heart and Lifestyle

Read about the extraordinary story of Renee King-Sonnen, who after marrying a fourth generation cattle rancher, decides to go vegan.She shares,“Witnessing the calves go to auction and the mamas crying every night for a week is enough to drive a sensitive person over the edge.”And that’s not all, she went on to change also her husband’s heart and are now both working toward converting her husband’s ranch into a farm animal sanctuary.

Please visit This Incredible Woman is on a Mission to Convert Her Husband's Cattle Ranch Into a Farm Sanctuary and share!

Never underestimate the power of love, compassion and example. May this story inspire us to never give up on all around us because sometimes a change of heart takes place in whom we least expect it. If you’d like to contribute to Renee’s cause, you can make a donation at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary by 3/31 and receive an autographed photo!


6. Featured Photos

For most people, it’s easy to forget that every single day in the U.S., about 100,000 cows are slaughtered and cut up to be sent out to grocery stores in neat little packages. However, each one of these cows is a sentient being, who was created by God with instincts, needs and emotions.

Take a look at Stirring Photos Capture The Sad, Soulful Eyes Of Cows Headed To Slaughter that truly show these animals are not commodities but wonderful beings who can feel pain, love, fear and joy. Please share.


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