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CVA Blog
Monday, June 11, 2007

God’s Animals, Our Fellows

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

1. Firefighter Foam Used to Kill Poultry

2. Famous quote Fr. John Dear, Jesuit priest, peace activist, lecturer, and writer of approximately twenty books on nonviolence, including Living Peace

3. Slaughter of Horses in Illinois banned

4. Bible verse Matthew 5:7 

5. Cruelty Case at North Carolina Turkey Slaughterplant

6. Japan Loses Whale Bid 

1. Firefighter Foam Used to Kill Poultry:  Last month, 15,000 turkeys in West Virginia thought to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, H5N2, were exterminated with firefighting foam.  Poultry scientist, Dr. Ian Duncan, of the University of Guelph, in Ontario, called the foam “a horribly inhumane way to kill birds".  The foam is intended to obstruct birds’ upper respiratory tract including the trachea, and should result in the death of 95 percent of the birds within seven minutes, and 100 percent of the flock within 15 minutes of submergence.

To read the full article please visit Turkeys with avian flu killed with firefighting foam in West Virginia 

Calling a slow, painful, and terrifying death “humane” shows no respect for God’s animals, and certainly it doesn’t reflect God’s love toward all creatures. Turkeys already live a miserable life under extreme confined and stressful conditions, and are not even spared a horrible death. We should all consider that God’s animals also feel pain and fear. Showing compassion and love to them reflects our obedience to God in being good stewards of Creation.   

2. "When we sit down to eat, when we say our grace and invoke the blessing of Jesus, we should also choose to adhere to his life of compassion and nonviolence by maintaining a vegetarian diet." 
 ~ Fr. John Dear, Jesuit priest, peace activist, lecturer, and writer of approximately twenty books on nonviolence, including Living Peace. 

3. Slaughter of Horses in Illinois banned:  Yesterday, May 24, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation that bans the slaughter of horses in Illinois for human consumption. Gov. Blagojevich stated, “It’s past time to stop slaughtering horses in Illinois and sending their meat overseas. I’m proud to sign this law that finally puts an end to this practice.”

To read the full article please visit Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation banning the slaughter of horses in Illinois for human consumption  

It's good news for God's Creation every time humanity takes a step toward a loving, compassionate and harmonious world. The brutal slaughter of horses came to an end in the state of Illinois thanks to the pressure of animal advocate groups and compassionate consumers. Hopefully, more people will realize that the killing of a cow, a pig or a chicken is no different than the killing of a horse. All of God's animals deserve to live a life free from human exploitation. A plant-based diet is a powerful witness to Christ's love, compassion and peace. 

4. (RSV) Matthew 5:7: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." 

God calls us to be merciful and compassionate toward all Creation. A plant-based diet is one way to show mercy to animals raised for food. 

5. Cruelty Case at North Carolina Turkey Slaughterplant:  An undercover video released by Mercy for Animals, shows workers at House of Raeford Farms, Inc., a turkey slaughtering facility, hitting and mutilating live turkeys during the process of killing and butchering the birds. Mercy for Animals is seeking felony cruelty-to-animals charges against House of Raeford Farms, Inc. for violating North Carolina animal cruelty statutes.

To read the full article and watch the undercover video please visit Undercover poultry slaughterhouse investigation 

Unfortunately, this case is far too common on today's factory farms and slaughterhouses, where animals suffer unimaginable pain and fear. As God's children, we are called to be good stewards of all Creation, which entails showing compassion and love for God's animals. A powerful witness to Christ's teachings is the transition to a plant-based diet.  

6. Japan Loses Whale Bid:  Once again, Japan efforts to re-open whale meat trade, have been rebuffed, this time by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), whose delegates rejected Japan's proposal by an overwhelming majority. "It's high time they accepted that commercial whale trade has no place in the modern world", said Carroll Muffett, deputy campaigns director at Greenpeace.

To read the full article please visit Japan loses whale bid at UN wildlife trade talks 

The ban on whale meat trade honors God's Creation. These majestic creatures suffer unimaginable stress, fear and pain in the hands of whale hunters. By showing compassion to all of God's animals, we reflect God's love for them and for the rest of Creation.

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