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CVA Blog
Monday, 3 September 2007

God’s Animals

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

1. Wendy’s Pressured to Use Cage-free Eggs

2. Famous quote Ellen White (1827-1915), co-founder of the Seventh Day Adventists

3. Piglet Castration Debate

4. Bible verse Psalm 94:18-19

5. Good News for “Veal” Calves

6. Another of God's Animals Declared Extinct 

1. Wendy’s Pressured to Use Cage-free Eggs:  HSUS kicked off a national campaign urging Wendy's to purchase cage-free eggs. Earlier this year, Burger King and McDonalds pledge to reduce their use of battery-caged hens' eggs. Wendy's International Inc. operates about 6,600 restaurants in the United States and doesn't want to look into cage-free eggs at the moment but is willing to work with animal welfare experts on different cruelty-free guidelines. Paul Shapiro, senior director of the factory farming campaign at the HSUS reminded that “Cage-free doesn't mean cruelty free, but it's a step in the right direction.”

To read the full article please visit Humane Society urges Wendy's to use cage-free eggs 

Battery-caged hens suffer pain, fear and confinement and industries that purchase eggs produced this way support cruelty. Once again compassionate consumers can make a great deal of difference in the life of egg-laying hens by substituting eggs with a compassionate plant-based alternative or at least buying truly cage-free eggs (as it can be a misleading term). It is important to remember that no matter where the eggs come from, the hens are ultimately killed once their egg-production decreases nonetheless.  

2. “The moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical ills. Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul. Think of the cruelty to animals meat-eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard those creatures of God!”
~ Ellen White (1827-1915), co-founder of the Seventh Day Adventists 

3. Piglet Castration Debate:  In Europe the debate about piglet castration is very heated. Given the "boar taint" taste that the flesh of intact pigs has, the swine industry is looking for humane alternatives. Already Switzerland has announced that anesthesia during castration will be mandatory as of 2009, and major supermarkets in Holland have said that in 2009 they will stop selling meat from piglets castrated without anesthesia. In Britain, farmers have voluntarily been leaving male pigs intact for decades, instead slaughtering them before they are old enough to develop the condition. In Norway, researcher Bente Fredriksen is looking for alternatives such us including genetic ways to produce taint-free boars or lower the ratio of male pigs, and animal-welfare groups are pushing to keep a 2009 castration ban in place and say farmers should consider using "immuno-castration," by vaccine Pfizer Inc. has marketed Improvac, a vaccine that suppresses piglet puberty, as a way to sidestep the castration debate while eliminating boar taint.).

To read the full article please visit These little pigs get special care from Norwegians

To inflict suffering on God’s animals unnecessarily goes against Christ’s teachings of compassion and mercy. Piglet castration involves tremendous pain and fear for the sake of taste only. As Christians we need to empathize with the suffering of God’s animals and try to reduce it to the best of our abilities. Adopting a plant-based diet helps us show compassion and mercy to animals raised for food.  

4. (RSV) Psalm 94:18-19
When I thought, "My foot slips," thy steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.  

God’s love is with us at all times giving us strength and support during times of trial, courage in times of fear and encouragement when we are weary. 

5. Good News for “Veal” Calves:  The American Veal Association (AVA) voted unanimously to convert the industry to group housing by 2017 and therefore phase out veal crates. They refer to reasons such as: consumers concern, group housing legislatively imposed in the European Union, and group housing will promote industry stability and growth.

To read the full
AVA Resolution please visit American Veal Association Resolution  

It is good news for God’s Creation that veal crates are going to disappear in the US by 2017. Animal advocates would like this transition to occur faster or even better that calves would never be destined to become veal. It’s is up to us, consumers, to support industries that are compassionate toward God’s animals. 

6. Another of God's Animals Declared Extinct:  Sadly, on August 8th scientists declared China’s Yangtze river dolphin (pictured above) extinct after weeks of searching failed to locate even one in 1,000 miles of the river. The cause for extinction seems to be shipping and accidental injuries from fishing lines and nets.

To read the full article please visit Extinct: the dolphin that could not live alongside man

Once again we experience the tragedy of failing to be good stewards of God’s Creation. The extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin could’ve probably been prevented and clearly exemplifies the devastation that industrial fishing is causing in the aquatic fauna. Switching to a plant-based diet helps us to restore the environment or at least prevent further damage.

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