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Who Protects the Animals?

Mark Bittman, an American food journalist and author, writes a compelling piece about the recent undercover video released by the animal advocacy group Mercy For Animals that shows horrific acts of cruelty in a calf farm in Texas (E6 Cattle Company).

Bittman correctly points out that videos like this one are not only very valuable but extremely necessary to expose the institutionalized cruelty in factory farms, and that the fact that some states are trying to pass legislation to make it illegal to take photographs or videos of factory farms should be a huge concern for everyone.

In fact, Bittman believes that there should be cameras in factory farms videotaping how animals are raised, especially because there are no federal laws that protect these animals.

Bittman also cites previous undercover videos that revealed sickening acts of cruelty to farm animals, such as the ones at Iowa swine factory farms and the Hallmark slaughterhouse in California, making a point that “standard procedures” in factory farms translate into a life of misery for the animals.

To read the article please search online for Who Protects the Animals?

“Who protects the animals?” is a question that everyone should meditate on. I think that the answer rests on each and everyone of us, who have the free-will to make a choice at the time of eating.

While it would be great if laws were passed to protect farm animals, ultimately the responsibility is ours, the consumers.

If none of us supported the meat, egg and dairy industries with our purchases, then factory farms would disappear and no animals would be tortured for the sake of profit and taste.

This is one of the instances in which every Christian, in our role of stewards of God’s Creation, should ask him/herself: “What would Jesus do in this case?” The answer seems clear: it’s very unlikely that Jesus would support industries that show no compassion, mercy or love to God’s creatures.

Your question and comments are welcome

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