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CVA Blog
Monday, 20 August 2007

Are We Taking Care of the Environment?

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

1. Pig Farms Allowed to Pollute the Air

2. Famous quote Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day

3. Disposal of Dead Birds is a Concern

4. Bible verse 1 Samuel 16:7  

5. The Pope’s Environmental Plea

6. Factory Farm Pollution in the US

1. Pig Farms Allowed to Pollute the Air:  Approximately 2,600 livestock companies, with most of them being pig farms, are participating in a sweet deal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This deal will allow the farms to participate in an air-quality data-collection program for a minimal fee and basically be exempt from Clean Air Act requirements for 30 months. Although environmental groups sued the EPA, claiming that the agency failed to follow rulemaking procedures, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the EPA, allowing factory farms participating in the program to pollute and stink as much as they like without fear of litigation.

To read the full article please visit Swine by us 

Factory farms are among the top polluters of air, water and soil. Since federal entities refuse to deal with the issue, it is crucial that consumers take a stand to protect and restore the environment. We are being good stewards of God’s Creation when we do not support animal agriculture.  

2. "The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."  ~ Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day 

3. Disposal of Dead Birds is a Concern:  The California Poultry Federation expects to lose a considerable number of birds due to the high temperatures. The carcasses must be removed quickly because they attract flies and other insects that can spread disease, and the growing concern is their disposal.  Because rendering plants were unable to handle the load, county officials opened up landfills, which usually do not take animals. Apparently, turkeys are more affected because turkey operations don't typically have air conditioning, unlike chicken operations. Just last summer's heat wave killed at least 750,000 chickens and 250,000 turkeys statewide.

To read the full article please visit High heat takes out 150,000 turkeys

It’s appalling that in spite of the large number of deaths in poultry operations, agribusinesses continue raising birds in conditions that lead to suffering and death. Ignoring the plight of God’s animals shows disobedience to God and leads to hardness of heart. 

4. (RSV) 1 Samuel 16:7  
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

Our appearance and possessions say little about our beliefs. God is concerned about our actions that reflect what it’s on our heart. Let our actions and thoughts be compassionate and loving toward all Creation.

5. The Pope’s Environmental Plea:  Pope Benedict, at the end of his holiday in Italy this month spoke about humanity's responsibility to take care of God's Creation. He said, "This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness ... than the desires of the moment. Our Earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive." In April the Vatican sponsored a scientific conference on climate change and reminded people that willfully damaging the environment is sinful.

To read the full article please visit Listen to Earth, Pope says in Environmental Plea

Religious leaders around the world are realizing that our actions have consequences on Creation and much of their focus in on climate change while failing to see the monumental suffering we unnecessarily inflict on animals on a daily basis. It’s our hope that religious leaders take a stand for God’s animals and realize that the way we treat them reflects our Faith in Christ. 

6. Factory Farm Pollution in the US:  Food and Water Watch has compiled information pertaining to the pollution factory farms cause in the US. The website provides numbers of sites (factory farms); and numbers of animals for cattle, hogs, dairy, broiler and layers in every county/state. You can also check how your state rates in the “Top Polluters Nationwide” list.

To access the information and share it with family and friends please visit 

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