Stewards of God’s Creation Expose the Victimization of God’s Animals
June 18, 2012
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Foie Gras Days
are Coming to an End in CA
- Famous Quote: Jane Goodall,
- Horses: Food, Companions… Both?
- Bible verse:
1 Corinthians 4:2
- MFA Undercover Video Leads to Charges
- This Week’s Video: MFA Exposes California Auction Atrocities to
1. Foie Gras Days are Coming to an
End in CA
Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," is produced by
force-feeding ducks using a pipe and forcing these poor animals to
ingest several pounds of food at once, two to three times a day.
Without a question, this causes tremendous suffering to these animals,
whose livers become engorged and diseased, swelling up to ten times
their normal size and resulting in much unimaginable emotional and
California's statewide ban on the sale
and production of foie gras is set to take effect on July 1, 2012,
making California the first state that bans this cruel practice.
California Prepares to Say Farewell to Foie Gras as Ban Approaches
What we do to animals is really horrific. While the ban of foie
gras production and sale in CA is a great step toward a more
compassionate world, we should ask ourselves, "Why is it that only one
state is taking a stand on this issue?" The answer is because the
exploitation of God's animals is supported by most people who
virtually everyday of their lives have the flesh and secretions of
animals in their refrigerators and in their bodies. Unless more people
say "NO" to victimization and "YES" to compassion and mercy, we will
continue to face corruption, disease, devastation, discrimination and
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
people who say they ‘love' animals sit down once or twice a day to
enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of
everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured
the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.”
3. Horses: Food, Companions… Both?
Alex Brown, writer for the New York Times, points out the ethical
inconsistency of our treatment to horses. Americans see horses as
domestic animals for the most part, although some of these animals end
up being food. However, their flesh is not even eaten in the U.S. but
exported to Europe. Brown also shares what he experienced and
witnessed when he visited the Sugarcreek Livestock Auction in Ohio
that hosts its weekly horse and tack sale, which gives the reader a
peek to what most people don’t get to see.
Some See Companions, Some See Food:
depending where they are born, are seen as food, pets or both.
Clearly, these man-made categories reflect our double standard based
solely on our benefit. The inconsistency of our treatment to animals
around the globe sheds some light about our lack of clear ethics in
relationship to other species. When we apply Jesus’ teachings of
compassion, mercy and love onto all Creation, then we are able to see
God’s animals for what they really are: celebratory creations of a
benevolent and loving God!
4. This Week’s Bible Verse - 1 Corinthians
Moreover it is required of stewards that
they be found trustworthy.
Are we really trustworthy stewards
of God’s Creation when we victimize God’s creatures so mercilessly for
profit and taste? In order to be trustworthy we need to be true to our
nature, which is one of love. It’s not possible to love God’s animals
while exploiting them.
5. MFA Undercover Video Leads to
The owner and 7 employees at Ontario Livestock Sales
in Ontario, Calif., a livestock auction house that sells 1,000 to
1,300 animals every week, have been charged with 21 misdemeanor counts
for allegedly abusing animals. These charges came after Mercy for
Animals released an
video <http://www.mercyforanimals.org/auction/video.aspx> shot at this auction house showing workers treating these
animals in unimaginable cruel ways. Please visit
Secret video leads to animal cruelty charges for California livestock
For those of us who understand the
repercussions of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to God’s farm
animals it might feel that misdemeanor charges just don’t seem enough
consequence for the egregious acts of cruelty depicted in the video;
however we should never forget that these workers are also victims of
this industry. The mere fact that charges were made and that this case
made it to the news is an important sign that there is more awareness
than ever about the inherent cruelty of animal agriculture. Hopefully,
the time when abusing animals for food will be seen as the exception
and not the norm is coming soon.
6. This Week’s Video
Watch Mercy For Animals’ Executive Director Nathan Runkle discussing
with Jane Velez-Mitchell their latest undercover investigation at one
of southern California's largest and oldest livestock auctions that
led to 21 charges of cruelty to animals against seven auction
employees and its owner.
MFA Exposes California Auction Atrocities to National Audience:
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