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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Misery Surrounding Factory Farming

1. Pigs are Smart

2. Famous Quote – Albert Einstein

3. Miserable Chickens

4. Bible verse – Colossians 3:16

5. Disturbing Animal Cruelty at Pig Farm

6. Human Rights Violated at Meat Packing Plants

1. Pigs are Smart

New findings on pig cognition have been published in the current issue of Animal Behaviour. Researchers present evidence that domestic pigs can quickly learn how mirrors work and will use their understanding of reflected images to scope out their surroundings and find their food. Also pigs have shown to be the quickest of animals to learn a new routine, from jumping hoops to play videogames with joysticks, and more. Not surprisingly, they are also slow to forget.

To read the full article please search online for Pigs prove to be smart, if not vain

Science is helping us understand how wonderful pigs are. However, when it has to do with industrial agriculture, pigs are no more than simple commodities, who suffer unimaginable pain and fear in factory farms. Hopefully, when more people learn that animals are smart in their own ways and that they suffer in many ways like us, they will decide to leave them off their plates and instead transition to a compassionate plant-based diet.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

“ human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein

3. Miserable Chickens

Researchers are trying to end the debate between those who think that egg-laying hens in battery cages live miserable lives due to their intense confinement and those who think that they are perfectly happy to be caged. Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, believes banning the cages is a solution to an obvious problem. He said: "Think about the ... effects of not moving for up to 24 months," ... "Their bones and muscles waste away and they go insane."

To read the full article please search online for Researchers Ask: Are Caged Chickens Miserable?

It seems absurd there are people questioning that battery caged hens live miserable lives. These hens are deprived from their most basic God-given instincts and are treated like mere commodities since the egg industry is driven by taste and profit, and not by ethical behavior. Unless we show compassion to God's animals we are not following Jesus' example.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

When Jesus' teaching of compassion, mercy and peace dwell in our hearts, we are able to help our brothers and sisters in Christ to be more obedient to Gods. With thankfulness in our hearts we need to praise our Creator.

5. Disturbing Animal Cruelty at Pig Farm

A disturbing video released exclusively to Fox News by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals (MFA) shows what clearly is animal cruelty taking place at a swine factory farm, Country View Family Farms, a division of Hatfield Quality Meats, which is one of the largest pork producers in Pennsylvania and operates more than 100 pig farms across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. The footage shows injured pigs going uncared for, pregnant hogs being kept in very small pens, employees picking up baby pigs by their ears and hind legs and throwing them between employees and baby pigs being euthanized in carbon dioxide gas chambers that didn't work properly.

To read the full article and watch the video please search online for Undercover video shows pig farm employees allegedly abusing pigs

Gruesome animal exploitation is exposed once again. We have turned our backs to the suffering of God's animals, thereby bringing as farther from reconciling God's Creation. However, there's always hope that more people will turn to Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and justice by adopting a plant based diet and honoring God's Creation.

6. Human Rights Violated at Meat Packing Plants

The results of the Nebraska Appleseed report, compiled through interviews with 455 workers in five communities, have stirred debate and concern among meat producers and human rights advocates. The report exposes the humiliating and dangerous conditions that workers suffer in slaughterhouses where the unrelenting line speed forces them to slaughter approx. 300 cows per hour. Workers indicate that they are often injured and that even bathroom breaks are denied.

To read the full article please search online for  Packing plant workers say pace brutal

It’s not surprising that the meat industry, which has not consideration whatsoever for God’s farmed animals, also exploits their workers. When profit trumps justice and compassion we lose respect to all of God’s Creation.

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