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The Faith of Christ Does Not Have a Double Standard
January 23, 2012

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

  1. Animal Morality
  2. Famous Quote: Oprah Winfrey (on her blog, June 2008)
  3. Turning Despair into Hope
  4. Bible verse: Matthew 6:24
  5. America’s Double Standard
  6. Week’s Video: Jeffrey Mason: Does “humane meat” exist?

1. Animal Morality

Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder (with primatologist Jane Goodall) of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is one of the many scientists who believe non-human animals know the difference between right and wrong or in other words, that they show moral behaviors.

To read the story and watch 6 amazing videos of animal morality, please visit Do Animals Know Right from Wrong? New Clues Point to "Yes":
http://www.livescience.com/16814-animals-wrong-clues-point.html

All animals are a result of God’s creativity and love. Scientific evidence has shown us just a glimpse into the vast and complex inner-life of animals, which has left no doubt that they are capable of complex behaviors and feelings, including joy, pleasure, pain, and that they avoid death as much as we do.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

How can you say you're trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?

~ Oprah Winfrey (on her blog, June 2008)


3. Turning Despair into Hope

Mariann Sullivan & Jasmin Singer are, respectively, the Program Director and Executive Director of "Our Hen House", a multimedia online resource for everyone who wants to change the world for animals. In this piece they eloquently explain what it feels like to carry the burden of knowing the deep and unimaginable suffering of animals in the hands of humans. Sullivan and Singer rightly emphasize that this burden can be turned into activism, which helps bring healing and alleviates suffering in this world. Also, they beautifully convey the great appreciation animal advocates have for one another, as a community that offers support and love to those of us who greatly need it in order to continue exposing victimization.

Please visit A Beautiful World: Moving from Despair to Hope:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/a-beautiful-world-moving-from-despair-to-hope/#Scene_1


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Indeed, there are many worldly pleasures that if not managed properly could lead us away from the path of compassion, mercy and justice. One of them is money. If we value money more than we value God's Creation (our health, animals and the environment) we invariably will cause misery to all of it.


5. America’s Double Standard

While Jane Velez-Mitchell, host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell," a topical event-driven show that airs every night at 7 ET on HLN, believes Michael Vick should not be allowed to ever own a dog, she thinks that he might get away with it by arguing that he’s been a victim of a double standard. Velez-Mitchell rightly highlights the incredible inconsistence that is well-accepted by most Americans of treating some animals well and others as commodities (farmed animals, fur animals, etc.)

To read the article please visit Michael Vick doesn't deserve a dog:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/17/velez.mitchell.vick.dogs/index.html

The horrendous treatment of farmed animals is indefensible. From an ethical and spiritual point of view, a dog, a cat, a pig or a chick should be treated the same way. However, in today’s society, sadly, even Christians try to excuse or rationalize the obvious inconsistence of having some animals as “pets” and others as “food”. It is time that we all align our most-inner values and beliefs with our food choices.


6. This Week’s Video – Jeffrey Mason: Does “humane meat” exist?

Jeffrey Masson, bestselling author of many books on animals including "When Elephants Weep", discusses in this video excerpt the concept of "humane meat."

Please visit Jeffrey Masson: Does "humane meat" exist?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D4GvVmoJlwk


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