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Supporting Animal Agriculture Contradicts Living a Compassionate Life
February 6, 2012

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

  1. A Compassionate Life
  2. Famous Quote: Brigid Brophy (1929–1995)
  3. Do “Happy” Cows Really Exist? Not in the Animal Agriculture Business
  4. Bible verse: Proverbs 4:23
  5. The Egg Industry’s Dirty Secret
  6. This Week’s Video: HSUS Undercover Investigation at Pig Facility

1. A Compassionate Life

A beautiful and inspiring piece written by Marcia ‘Butterflies’ Katz, a compassionate person who chose to adopt a vegan lifestyle 33 years-ago in order to alleviate as much suffering as possible in this world due to human and animal exploitation, gives us a glimpse about her wonderful journey and how it has affected her life in many deep ways as well as the lives of other beings. Please visit Making a stand:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2011/12/making-stand.html

How encouraging and inspiring it is to learn that choosing a compassionate lifestyle is not only attainable but fulfilling! As Christians, our role as stewards of God’s Creation takes us also on a journey filled with love, compassion and justice; even thought it might mean to go against the flow.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

Whenever people say “We mustn’t be sentimental,” you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add “We must be realistic,” they mean they are going to make money out of it.

~ Brigid Brophy (1929–1995)


3. Do “Happy” Cows Really Exist? Not in the Animal Agriculture Business

This is a beautiful story about being awakened to the reality that there is not such a thing as "humane" meat or "happy" cows. The author of this piece, Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati, shares how interacting with farmed animals helped her to make the connection between life, death, suffering and choice of food. Thanks to Bruno, a bull who was raised in a small dairy farm, she made the step from vegetarian to vegan, realizing that no animals should ever die unnecessarily just for taste and profit.

Please visit Bruno: A New Perspective on Happy Cows:
http://gentleworld.org/bruno-a-new-perspective-on-happy-cows/

God's animals avoid death as much as we do. Unfortunately, farmed animals always end up being slaughtered for their meat, dairy or eggs. It's only through a plant-based diet that we can avoid participating in the senseless, heartless and uncompassionate exploitation of God's farmed animals.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.

A kind, loving and compassionate heart brings healing, life and reconciliation to God's Creation. Since our hearts and minds dictate our actions, we want them to be aligned with the faith of Christ.


5. The Egg Industry’s Dirty Secret

A new campaign, "Cast him out" sheds light on the inherent cruelty of the egg industry by focusing in one of its many cruel practices: the killing of male chicks in hatcheries. For the campaign, celebrities were photographed with living and dead chicks.

Please visit http://chick.org.il/english/index.html

The egg industry wants to keep consumers in the dark. However, thanks to the tireless work of animal advocates around the world, the victimization of hens and their chicks is being exposed. It's now the consumer who has the power to stop the egregious abuse of God's farmed animals.


6. This Week’s Video: HSUS Undercover Investigation at Pig Facility

An undercover investigation of two of the nation's top pork suppliers (owned by Seaboard Foods and the other by Prestage Farms), including a Wal-Mart supplier, revealed egregious acts of cruelty to pigs. From intensive confinement in gestation crates to ripped genitals, the video shows the unimaginable suffering these animals undergo.

To read more and watch the video please visit:
Undercover Video Documents Abuse of Pigs at Okla. Factory Farms:
http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/01/
pig_gestation_investigation_013112.html


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