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CVA Blog
Monday, August 17, 2009

Does Our Compassion Embrace All Creatures?

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

1. First Camel-Milk Chocolate
2. Famous Quote – Albert Schweitzer
3. Interview with Ruby Roth
4. Bible verse – Psalms 63:1
5. Why Is Chicken So Cheap?
6. Six Year-Old Child is Vegetarian for the Love of Animals

1. First Camel-Milk Chocolate

“Al Nassma” is the world's first brand of chocolate made with camels' milk. Dubai, with it's 3,000 camels plans to expand into new Arab markets, Europe, Japan and the United States. To read the full article please visit World's first camel-milk chocolates going global

How sad it is that once again humans find a way to exploit animals for profit. When we forget that animals are God’s creatures to whom we are called to show mercy and compassion, we show disobedience to God, and cause misery to them and to all of God’s creation.

2. Famous Quote

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
~ Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address, "The Problem of Peace in the World Today"

3. Interview with Ruby Roth

Ruby Roth, author of the new children's book titled That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things shares what compelled her to write the book. She believes that showing children that animals are sentient beings fosters their innate sense of compassion toward them.

To read the full interview please search online for Meet Ruby Roth

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalms 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."

We live in a world beset by injustice and suffering; however, our hope and faith rests in a loving God who cares very much for all His/Her Creation. Our Creator gives us the strength to live out Christ's teachings of compassion, mercy and love.

5. Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

When a whole rotisserie chicken at Harris-Teeter costs about the same price as two bunches of carrots, we should ask ourselves: "How is that possible?" Chickens, our health and the environment pay the price for the low price of chickens in the US. Ezra Klein, for the Washington Post, says: "... I sort of wonder how long we'll allow chicken producers to compete on low prices derived from incredible cruelty to animals, exploitation of illegal workers, and taxpayer subsidies to the corn industry. It's a pretty ugly scene, and the product eventually ends up on our plates."

To read the full article please search online for The Low Cost of Chickens

The Bible tells us that cruelty to God’s animals is forbidden and that we are called to be compassionate and merciful; however, chickens are one of the most abused farmed animals and still we continue to support such industry. Unless we take a stand for what is right, we will see no peace in God’s Creation.

6. Six Year-Old Child is Vegetarian for the Love of Animals

Brooke English, a 6 year-old girl, gave up eating meat when she was 4 because she loves animals. Although her mother eats meat, she's very supportive of her daughter's diet and agrees that Brooke is "... 100 percent right."

To read the full article please search online for 6-year-old vegetarian from Brandon teaches her mom a thing or two

It is often children who teach us very valuable lessons, like the love for God's animals. It is kids also that society hasn't corrupted just yet, and their hearts and souls still embrace an innate sense of justice and compassion that so many adults lost. Let's try to be good role models for our children; and therefore, be good stewards of God's Creation.

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