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CVA Blog
Monday, 15 October 2007

God’s Animals 

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

1. Ramifications of the Vick Dogfighting Case Worries Farmers

2. Famous quote Pope John Paul II

3. Misleading Animal Husbandry Terms

4. Bible verse Psalm 63:1 

5. Controversial Buffalo Hunt Began

6. Cut out Caviar to Save the Sturgeon 

1. Ramifications of the Vick Dogfighting Case Worries Farmers:  Vick cruelty to dogs has transpired into much more: exposing the cruelty inflicted, legally, on animals for the sake of profit and taste. Give the media attention given to Vick's case, animal advocacy groups have the chance to express their concern for other creatures as well, besides dogs, which ultimately touches every American who still feeds on animal flesh. Farmers are worried because people are getting informed about the inherent cruelty of factory farming, which might drive people to buy more plant-based foods.

To read the full article please visit The battle over dining on meat

2. "God, who in creating saw that His creation was good, is the source of joy for all creatures, and above all for humankind. God the Creator seems to say of all creation: 'It is good that you exist.' And His joy spreads especially through the 'good news,' according to which good is greater than all that is evil in the world,,,, Creation was given and entrusted to humankind as a duty, representing not a source of suffering but the foundation of a creative existence in the world."
~ Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005), from
Crossing the Threshold of Hope

3. Misleading Animal Husbandry Terms:  At a Turkey Meeting sponsored by the Arkansas Poultry Federation this month, Timothy Cummings, a clinical professor and poultry veterinarian at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., suggested that the poultry industry should use different terminology such as "beak conditioning" instead of "debeaking", “backup killer” for “knife operator”, and “bled to death” for “exsanguinated.” Cummings proposes these changes to counteract the power that animal advocates groups have.

To read the full article please visit  Control debate, growers advised  

The reluctance of the meat industry to use the correct terms when mutilating and slaughtering animals only shows their callousness toward animals and lack of respect to consumers who end up being deceived; therefore, it is up to the consumer not to support an industry that shows no integrity. A plant-based diet is a compassionate choice that shows respect to God’s Creation.

4. (RSV) Psalm 63:1 
O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is." 

Our souls' hunger should drive us to seek God and not earthly desires. When we seek God, we find fulfillment and we are better enabled to reflect His/Her love onto all Creation. 

5. Controversial Buffalo Hunt Began:  This month, hunters began tracking and killing buffalo on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, causing controversy among the public opinion. The hunt is supposed to reduce the herd from 1,200 to 500 over the next five years, and according to animal advocate groups, hunting these animals cannot be considered a sport since they are so accustomed to humans. "Hunting these bison is like hunting parked cars," said Jonathan Lovvorn, a vice president of the US Humane Society and attorney with the Fund for Animals.

To read the full article please visit Controversial Buffalo Hunt Starts in Wyoming 

6. Cut out Caviar to Save the Sturgeon:   Because of overfishing, poaching, pollution and poor management the sturgeon stocks in the Caspian Sea are dangerously low. It is believed that unless the consumption for their eggs (caviar) diminishes, the sturgeon might face extinction in the near future. Similarly, Beluga, whose eggs are a symbol of ostentatious dining and luxury, are at the verge of extinction after fish numbers fell by 90 percent over the past 20 years.

To read the full article please visit

So many of God's animal species are facing extinction due to the greed of humanity and its hunger for profit and pleasure. Unless we start managing God's Creation lovingly and responsibly, we will continue to bring misery to it.

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