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CVA Blog
Monday, January 12, 2009

Are We Reflecting God’s Love onto all Creatures?  

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

1. More US Horses Slaughtered Abroad

2. Famous quote – Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991), winner of Nobel Prize in literature

3. Aviagen Turkey Abuse

4. Bible verse – Ephesians 5:1-2

5. European Pig Industry Abusive and Cruel

6. Survivor Pig Voted the Most Popular Animal in China


1. More US Horses Slaughtered Abroad

Since U.S. horse slaughter plants were closed last year, the number of horses exported for slaughter has risen substantially. These “killer horses” are subjected to tremendous abuse during transport to Mexico and Canada. Stacy Segal, a horse specialist at the Humane Society of the United States, said "They're jammed onto trailers with no regard for breed, size, age, temperament or sex and get no feed or rest."

To read the full article please search online for:  More horses sent abroad for slaughter after US ban

The atrocities God’s animals suffer in our hands are an offense to our Creator and do not reflect the reverence and respect we should have, as stewards of God’s Creation, for our fellow creatures. Unless we transition to a plant-based diet and stop supporting the industries that exploit God’s animals, there will be no harmony and healing on Earth.

2. "The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I’m a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say ‘Do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few years in peace?’ I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: ‘What am I doing here?’"

~ Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991), Newsweek interview (October 16, 1978) after winning the Nobel Prize in literature

3. Aviagen Turkey Abuse

Aviagen has announced that several employees, including a supervisor, have been fired after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a video in November showing workers punching, kicking and beating live turkeys. PETA is urging authorities to prosecute the accused.

To read the full article please search online for: Company fires workers for abusing turkeys in W. VA 

There is no excuse for the abuse that God's farmed animals suffer in our hands. The food industry treats these animals as mere commodities with no regard to their needs. Hopefully, more people will become aware of this widespread exploitation and choose to transition to a plant-based diet that honors all of God's Creation.

4. (RSV) Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

We are called to be obedient to God, who made us in His image of Love. Therefore, showing love to all creatures is honoring and glorifying to our Creator.

5. European Pig Industry Abusive and Cruel

An investigation into the European pig industry by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK has revealed “horrendous conditions” all throughout. A CIWF investigator reported, “It’s horrifying to imagine that most of the meat sold in the supermarkets, restaurants and that we see in daily life [coming from animals] is being kept in these conditions.”

To read the full article please search online for:  Fresh welfare attacks on European pig industry

Sadly, farmed animals raised for food throughout the world suffer unimaginable pain and fear. As Christians, we need to ask ourselves: would Jesus approve the horrors of factory farming? Does the way we treat God's animals follow Jesus teachings of compassion and mercy?

6. Survivor Pig Voted the Most Popular Animal in China

The animal voted most popular in China is a pig who survived a 7.9 magnitude quake 36 days buried in the rubble by eating charcoal and drinking rainwater. The report in the weekend edition of the China Daily refers to the pig "who moved China" and "vividly illustrated the spirit of never giving up."

To read the full article please search online for: Grumpy miracle pig voted most popular animal

It is so ironic that on one hand pigs are abused and tortured in factory farms every day without any regard for their lives, while on the other hand, the pig in the above article is recognized for his strong will to survive. Once we stop seeing God's farmed animals as mere commodities, then we might be able to see the magnificent creations they are.

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