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Rationalizing Factory Farming Goes Against Jesus’ Teaching
December 19, 2011

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

  1. Is Eating Animals A Social Justice Issue?
  2. Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
  3. More Nonsense In Rationalizing Factory Farming
  4. Bible verse: 1 Peter 4:10
  5. Counting Animals, A Place For People Who Love Animals And Numbers
  6. This Week’s Video: “Be Veg” Toronto Subway Ad Campaign 2011

1. Is Eating Animals A Social Justice Issue?

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M., author of the acclaimed book titled "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism", writes a fantastic piece about the need to address the eating of animals as a social justice issue. Dr. Joy emphasizes that carnism is a violent ideology, heavily influenced by culture, and fueled by justification and denial.

To read the article please visit Carnism: Why Eating Animals Is A Social Justice Issue:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/carnism-why-eating-animals-is-a-social-justice-issue/#Scene_1

Agribusiness counts on people’s state of denial and their ability to rationalize almost anything. Exploiting God’s animals for food indeed falls into the social justice category, because irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, possessions, race, religion, species, etc., all sentient beings should be treated equally and without prejudice. Sadly, God’s farmed animals are routinely exploited relentlessly and unnecessarily.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

As we make connections and become open to feedback, it will be increasingly obvious that one of the greatest gifts any of us can give to the world, to the human family, to future generations, to animals, to ourselves, and to our loved ones is to go vegan and dedicate our lives to encouraging others to do the same.

~ Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet


3. More Nonsense In Rationalizing Factory Farming

Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States, challenges the indefensible excuses that supporters of factory farming lean on, and more specifically the force-feeding of ducks and geese for foie gras production. He emphatically dismisses with clear evidence that animals don't enjoy suffering or gladly give themselves up for our pleasure and profit.

Please visit The Animals That Love Pain: How Factory Farming Explains Abuse:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/carnism-why-eating-animals-is-a-social-justice-issue/#Scene_1

It is dishonoring to God to treat animals in a cruel way or to promote lies in order to encourage people to ignore their pain and suffering. Humans and animals alike are God’s creation and therefore share the same essence. This belief alone should lead us to be mindful with our treatment of God’s farmed animals, which in turn requires us to show compassion and mercy towards them.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace…

A steward is someone who’s been entrusted with something valuable. We are indeed stewards of God’s Creation: our bodies, animals and the environment. However, as believers in the teachings of Jesus Christ, we have also been entrusted with the privilege and responsibility to be good stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a gospel of love, compassion and mercy.

I believe that the best way to show we care about and embrace Jesus’ teachings is to put them into practice, so it is through our lifestyle, choices and actions that people can observe what it truly means to be good stewards of God’s Creation.


5. Counting Animals, A Place For People Who Love Animals And Numbers

Counting Animals is a fantastic blog that aims to collect, generate, analyze, organize, present and interpret quantitative information related to the animal advocacy movement. It portrays the sobering, vast numbers of animals exploited by humans. Of course, the number of animals raised for food is so great that it should enrage people to take action. Please visit http://www.countinganimals.com/


6. This Week’s Video: “Be Veg” Toronto Subway Ad Campaign 2011

This video shows a glimpse of the effect that one thousand "Why love one but eat the other?" ads running on Toronto subways have on riders. The "Be Veg" Toronto Subway Ad Campaign 2011 has been touching hearts and getting people to think why their food choices really matter.

Please visit Toronto Subway Riders Come Face to Face with Farm Animals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfR7VNvCWzQ


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