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CVA Blog
Monday, June 9, 2008

The Way We Treat Animals is Reflected on Our Health and the Environment

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

1. Avian Flu in Tyson Chickens
2. Famous quote – Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Buddhist
3. Cod Fall Linked to Toxic Tide
4. Bible verse – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
5. The Worst Way of Farming
6. Moby on Veganism

1. Avian Flu in Tyson Chickens: Tyson Foods slaughtered and buried 15,000 hens after some of their hens tested positive for avian flu in Arkansas. So far, authorities have not ordered any recalls of Tyson products although officials at the Centers for Disease Control said a 2004 outbreak of the same virus at a Canadian poultry plant made two people sick.

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2. "The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion."
~ Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Buddhist

3. Cod Fall Linked to Toxic Tide: According to scientists the fall in cod stocks in the Baltic Sea in recent decades increased numbers of algal blooms, known as "toxic tides", which can be poisonous to people, fish and other wildlife, and may be on the increase worldwide.

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Overfishing is not only leading to alarming low rates of fish stocks, but also to devastating consequences for people and other wildlife. Taking care of God's Creation is our sacred responsibility and privilege; and unless humanity stops supporting the fishing industry, we are failing in our role of good stewards of God's Creation.

4. (RSV) 1 Thessalonians 5:11

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Paul's exhortation reminds us of the importance of encouraging one another, in good and in bad times. It helps us stay in course and keep giving the best of us.

5. The Worst Way of Farming: The New York Times' editorial on May 31 titled "The Worst Way of Farming" exposes the reality behind factory farming where millions of animals are crowded together in inhumane conditions, causing significant environmental threats and unacceptable health risks for workers, their neighbors and the rest of us. The reports by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Union of Concerned Scientists recommend new regulations such us a phasing-out of confinement systems, a ban on antibiotics used only to promote animal growth and strict pollution regulation.

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6. Moby on Veganism: Moby, musician and animal advocate, shares why he's adopted a plant-based diet for more than 20 years, citing mainly compassionate choices. He also explains how he relates to people who don't support veganism and how his choice of diet has shaped his life and ideals.

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