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.
- Is Eating Animals A Social Justice Issue?
- Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
- More Nonsense In Rationalizing Factory Farming
- Bible verse: 1 Peter 4:10
- Counting Animals, A Place For People Who Love Animals And Numbers
- 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:
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:
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
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
Please visit Toronto Subway Riders Come Face to Face
with Farm Animals:
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