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Monday, April 2, 2007

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

1. Burger King’s new policies

2. Famous quote Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

3. Compassionate kids

4. Bible verse 1 Peter 3:15 

5. Kill It, Cook It, Eat It

6. Esbenshade Farms cruelty case resumed 

1. Burger King’s new policies:  Thanks to the pressure by animal advocates and caring consumers, Burger King, the world’s second-largest hamburger chain, announced that they would begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers that did not confine their animals in cages and crates; moreover, they would also favor suppliers of chickens that use gas, or “controlled-atmospheric stunning,” before slaughter.

Although a small percentage of their animal products will indeed come from these less abusive sources Burger King plans to increase its cage-free purchases by the end of this year, to 5 percent of the total, and will also double its purchases of pork from producers who do not use crates, to 20 percent.

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2. “We are compelled by the commandment of love contained in our hearts and thought, and proclaimed by Jesus, to give rein to our natural sympathy for animals. We are also compelled to help them and spare them suffering.”
~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

3. Compassionate kids:  Jesus’ teachings emphasize compassion and love toward all of God’s Creation. Jesus even says "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”, since a child’s heart tends to be less corrupted by society’s illnesses of envy, hardness of heart, resentment and hostility. 

Children easily learn to mimic the behavior they see all around them. It’s our responsibility to act according to our Faith and therefore show God’s love in us reflected onto all Creation.

Compassionate Kids is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to helping teach children compassion towards the Earth, people, and animals. Compassionate Kids learn about respect for all living creatures and that all living beings exist for their own reasons, not for our benefit as a superior species.

They learn the proper care of animals, including steps to help endangered animals, as well as animals in entertainment, laboratories, and factory farms. Compassionate Kids also offers support to parents, teachers, and home educators.

Please visit and learn more about their mission and vision. 

4. 1 Peter 3:15  "In your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."

As Christian vegetarians we share the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Teacher, and that our choice of diet is deeply rooted in our Faith. Let's share with others with "gentleness and respect" how a plant-based diet shows obedience to God and love for all Creation. 

5. Kill It, Cook It, Eat It:  A new BBC program in the UK titled “Kill it, Cook it, Eat it” show graphic scenes taken at a slaughterhouse where audience members (vegetarians, meat-eaters, and even school children) witness the slaughtering of different farm animals that are later served for the audience to eat.

While some people believe that TV audiences don’t need to see such footage, BBC Three controller Julian Bellamy said:  "There is a desire to learn where the food we eat comes from and how that food reaches our plate. It will get people talking."

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Clips from the BBC program are available on YouTube. 

6. Esbenshade Farms cruelty case resumed: Humane Society police officer Johnna L. Seeton pressed charged in December 2006 against Esbenshade Farms owner H. Glenn Esbenshade and farm manager Jay Musser after viewing a videotape produced by animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing. The tape shows dead birds left (in cages with live hens) for so long the carcasses had disintegrated, and others impaled on or trapped by cage wires that kept them out of reach of food and water. Glenn Esbenshade and Jay Musser each face 35 counts of animal cruelty. Each violation carries a potential fine of $50 to $750 and as much as 90 days in prison. The judge will likely decide the case in April.

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