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CVA Blog
Monday, January 11, 2010

The Plight of Farmed Animals

1. Using Religion to Support Factory Farming

2. Famous Quote – Bhagavad Gita,

3. Ag Industry’s Attempts to Misdirect Attention

4. Bible verse – Isaiah 1:16-17

5. Jonathan Foer on the Moral Issues of Eating Animals

6. This Week’s Video: Downer Pigs in Food Supply


1. Using Religion to Support Factory Farming

Agriculture professor Wes Jamison said recently at the Illinois Commodity Conference in Bloomington, IL that "Livestock producers need to remind consumers of their divine right to eat meat" ... "Your job is to keep consumers do what they're doing: Eating meat." His argument is that animal rights advocates have been using religion to convince people to stop supporting the factory farming industry. He refers to many successful campaigns that have used the platform of compassion and mercy from a religious point of view in order to help pass legislation that requires a better treatment of farmed animals. To read the full article please search online for Ag. professor: Animal rights advocates using religion

It is outrageous that professor Jamison encourages meat producers to defend their atrocious treatment of God's animals on the basis of a "divine right", and it is obvious that he has profit in mind and not the divine right of farmed animals to be recipients of our compassion and mercy. Many times in history religion has been used to support incredible acts of cruelty, so let’s hope that factory farming is not another one.

2. Famous Quote

"An enlightened person -- by perceiving God in all -- looks at a learned person, an outcast, even a cow, an elephant, or a dog with an equal eye."

~Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important Hindu scriptures also considered as one of the most important philosophical classics of the world.

3. Ag Industry’s Attempts to Misdirect Attention

Paul Shapiro, senior director of The Humane Society of the United States’ factory farming campaign, exposes the dubious and shameless tactics that the meat industry uses to misdirect undercover exposés documenting egregious acts of cruelty to farmed animals. He refers to instances where the ag industry attacks compassionate investigators who put themselves at great risk to go undercover as well as the unfounded comments by this industry referring to undercover investigations as “… an attack on the rural lifestyle of America.”"

To read the full article please search online for Attacking the Messenger: Big Ag's Attempt to Misdirect Attention from Its Own Problems

When people try to defend an act that has no defense it is because profit, power and corruption are at play. Throughout history prophets have suffered in order to bring out Truth and the case of undercover investigators is not different. When we take responsibility for the cruelty inflicted on these creatures and we stop supporting animal agriculture, we show obedience to God.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Isaiah 1:16-17

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

God call's us to stop victimization and instead to follow Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and peace. In every choice we make, we should ask if our choice is hurting God's Creation or honoring it.

5. Jonathan Foer on the Moral Issues of Eating Animals

Read this fascinating interview to Jonathan Foer, author of "Eating Animals", where he answers why it is morally wrong to eat animals, especially so in today's factory farms. He touches on the issues of cruelty-free and cage-free as well as dairy production. Please search online for Jonathan Safran Foer on the Morality of Vegetarianism

6. This Week’s Video

It’s good to see the media shining a light on the hidden realities of factory farming. Undercover video shows pigs so sick or injured they can't even stand up... a standard industry practice that is both inhumane and a risk to public health. Downer pigs – anywhere from 100,000 to more than 900,000 a year according to industry estimates – are subjected to intolerable cruelty. To watch the video please search online for "Downer" pigs in food supply and share with friends and family.

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