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We are bombarded with how to buy turkeys to 'give thanks'. The
'family owned' turkey farms are no different than factory farms where
turkeys are crowded in buildings with little ventilation, no grass, no
room to walk around and are treated as commodities rather than living
sentient creatures with the same soul as we have (according to the
Bible). I wonder if God is pleased with our 'thanks' for His many
blessings when we don't allow His creatures to live the lives they were
intended to live in their natural habitats. And since the first
'thanksgiving' with the Native Indians, I wonder if they approve of our
treatment of animals?
We boil lobsters alive, serve 'ham' which is really a pig who
suffered their whole life in a factory farm in a tiny crate, then abused
in transporting them to auctions and/or to be hung upside down alive in
a factory slaughter plant. When are we going to realize that 'giving
thanks' can be expressed by being kinder to people (perhaps the American
Indian) and by being the good stewards we were commissioned to be of
God's creatures, rather than supporting animal abuse?
The turkey was considered to be our national bird (before the eagle).
If the turkey was our national bird I wonder if we would then treat them
the way they should be treated, with compassion as their Creator has
compassion on them (see Psalm 145:9). Wouldn't it be great if we changed
our 'traditions' from supporting animal abuse to 'adopting' a turkey (or
any other abused animal), to live in a sanctuary, such as Farm Sanctuary
in New York?
I believe God is waiting for us to live lives of peace and gratitude
for the many blessings He gives us. As Jesus taught us to pray "your
kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today
our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;"
(Matt. 6:10-12), if we lived our prayers, we would be living a life
pleasing to God. God's will for us is to live as peacefully as we can
Jan Fredericks, M.A.
Founder, God's Creatures Ministry
Chair, Catholic Concern for Animals
P.O. Box 322
Wayne, NJ 07474
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compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a
Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee
in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn
more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God
created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals.
Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and
useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were
created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we
strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now
where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah
reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from
slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God'
(Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see
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