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Pet or Food

Josh Tetrick challenges the reader to look at their ethical biases when calling some animals "pets" and others "food". Tetrick refers to the outrage most people feel in our culture when they learn, for example, that in Changchun, a city in northeastern China, dogs are part of the menu. He asks: "Why save dogs, but eat other animals?" Scientific evidence has shown that pigs are smarter than dogs and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. Therefore, why are so many people capable of allowing and supporting the torture and killing of some animals and not others?

To read the article please search online for Dog: The Other White Meat

Sadly, I think this is a prime example of cognitive dissonance and hardness of hearts. The abuse and exploitation that God's farmed animals endure is indefensible, unethical and callous; certainly not in accordance of Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love. When we align our spiritual values and beliefs with our food choices, it becomes evident that none of God's animals should end up in our plates.

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