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Humanity’s Relation to God’s Animals:
Loving Compassion and Heartless Tyranny

February 20, 2012

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

  1. The Last Battery Cage Hen in Britain Is Set Free
  2. Famous Quote: John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
  3. Sad News: Supreme Court Overturned California Law Mandating Humane Treatment of Downed Farmed Animals
  4. Bible verse: Psalm 145:9
  5. “Ag-Gag” Bills Introduced in Several States
  6. This Week’s Video: Martha Stewart speaks about cruelty to farmed animals

1. The Last Battery Cage Hen in Britain Is Set Free
 
Very touching story about the last hen, named Liberty, to be confined in a barren battery cage in the United Kingdom since the European Union law banning barren battery cages took effect Jan 1.

Please visit Liberty, the last battery cage hen in Britain, is set free:
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/885987-liberty-the-last-battery-hen-in-britain-is-set-free
 
Any step toward alleviating suffering and promoting compassion honors God. Liberty, just like any other farmed animal, is the product of God's love and creativity; and by exploiting her or any other of His/Her creatures we are deviating from Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love. Just in the U.S. there are more than 280 million hens confined in battery cages. It's our hope that consumers stop supporting the egg industry, a very abusive one.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.
 
― John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog 


3. Sad News: Supreme Court Overturned California Law Mandating Humane Treatment of Downed Farmed Animals
 
A California state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse -- that became effective in 2009, following shocking undercover video released by the Humane Society -- was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. "This is a deeply troubling decision, preventing a wide range of actions by the states to protect animals and consumers from reckless practices by the meat industry, including the mishandling and slaughter of animals too sick or injured to walk," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. "The fact is, Congress and the USDA have been in the grip of the agribusiness lobby for decades, and that's why our federal animal handling and food safety laws are so anemic. California tried to protect its citizens and the animals at slaughterhouses from acute and extreme abuses, but its effort was cannibalized by the federal government."

To read the full article please visit Livestock Industry Wins Supreme Court Appeal:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/23/us/scotus-livestock/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
 
Although not entirely surprising, the Supreme Court decision comes as a shock to those of us who still held hope in regards to the treatment of downed animals. Very sadly, this decision leaves these poor animals once again at the mercy, or abuse, of the animal agriculture industry, which would apply any kind of torturous techniques to God's animals in order to get them moving for profit.
 
I believe this is an example of why consumers have the power to effectively protect God's farmed animals without having to expect government officials, or even worse the animal agriculture industry, to show consideration to farmed animals. All the consumer has to do is to stop supporting the meat, egg and dairy industries. It's only then when the abuse to farmed animals could finally come to an end.  


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) Psalm 145:9
 
“The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.”
 
This verse reminds us that God cares about all His/Her creatures including, of course, animals. Every being shares the same essence of love for we all have been created by a loving, benevolent God. As children of God, we should show love and compassion to one another.  


5. “Ag-Gag” Bills Introduced in Several States
 
This is an excellent piece by Wayne Pacelle (CEO of The Humane Society of the United States), explaining why the “ag-gag” bills introduced in several states are taking this nation in the wrong direction by trying to conceal practices that are unethical and very abusive to farmed animals. What is worse, the goal of this bill is also to punish those who try to expose these practices.

Please visit Why Are Agribusiness Groups Trying to Hide with 'Ag-Gag' Bills?:
http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/01/ag-gag-bills-return.html
 
“Ag-gag” bills are the most obvious red flag that say there’s something fundamentally wrong with the factory farming industry. When there’s nothing to hide, there’s nothing to fear. The factory farming industry has much to fear and to lose if more consumers learn every day about the horrendous and egregious practices that go on behind their walls.


6. This Week’s Video: Martha Stewart speaks about cruelty to farmed animals
 
Iconic Martha Stewart speaks out about the cruelty of factory farming in this very powerful short video.

To watch it please visit Martha Stewart speaks out about cruelty to farmed animals and share with friends and family!: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-fqTEtgG_A


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