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CVA Blog
Monday, November 2, 2009

Mercy or Tyranny?

1. Good News for Michigan’s Farmed Animals

2. Famous Quote – Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination

3. Roger Moore Against Foie Gras

4. Bible verse – Proverbs 15:23

5. Moral Animals

6. The Cruelty Behind Foie Gras


1. Good News for Michigan’s Farmed Animals

Michigan becomes the seventh state to ban gestation crates, the fifth to ban veal crates, and the second to ban battery cages after Michigan Governor signed HB 5127 which phases out veal crates for calves within three years, battery cages for laying hens and gestation crates for breeding sows within ten years. To read the full article please search online for Governor Granholm Signs Historic Farm Animal Welfare Measure into Law

It is good news for all Creation that Michigan is taking these steps to alleviate to a certain extent the suffering of so many farmed animals. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement and consumers should take a stand and not support the animal agriculture industry.

2. Famous Quote

"Empires live by numbness."
~Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination

3. Roger Moore Against Foie Gras

Former 007 (James Bond) actor, Sir Roger Moore, is an advocate for geese and ducks used to make liver patte or foie gras. He is aware, and actively spreading the word and educating others, that these animals are greatly abused by being confined in very small cages and forced-fed often until their livers burst. To read the full article please search online for Sir Roger Moore Won't Let Friend Eat Foie Gras

It's hard to even try to understand why humans cause so much misery to God's animals, in this case ducks and geese. Instead of following Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and justice, we turn around and give in into our desire for profit and taste. If we strive to be good stewards of God's Creation there is no room to support such cruelty.

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Proverbs 15:23

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

God calls us to talk to one another in a respectful, loving way. While many times we are tempted to respond in anger or frustration, we should remember that timely and appropriate words spoken in gentleness are Christ-like and more effective.

5. Moral Animals

The study of the behavior of many different non-human animals has shed some interesting findings in the way groups of animals behave among one another, the way sometimes humans do. The authors of this article, Jessica Pierce, a bioethicist and writer, and Marc Bekoff, a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, suggest that many animals relate to each other in a moral manner. Especially, they claim, this behavior can be observed when animals are engaged in playful action. To read the full article please search online for Moral in Tooth and Claw

It’s fantastic the behavioral science is letting us take a peek at the lives of animals in ways never imagined. While we are learning more about them and finding that they are incredibly complex creatures, that in so many ways resemble us, animal exploitation has not diminished, but actually it’s at its peak. Sadly, humanity ignores the incredible creativity of our Creator, and very conveniently, places animals at the level of commodities.

6. The Cruelty Behind Foie Gras

Watch footage shot at farms where ducks and geese are force-fed in order to produce foie gras. This video is narrated by Sir Roger Moore. Please visit and share with friends and family.

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