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Monday, August 9, 2010

Are We Actively Trying to Alleviate the Suffering of God’s Animals?

1. On Eating Animals

2. Famous Quote – H.W. Nevinson

3. Caring for God’s Animals

4. Bible verse – James 1:22

5. New Slaughter Law in New Zealand

6. This Week’s Video – Behind the milk mustache


1. On Eating Animals

Ramdas Lamb, ex Hindu monk in India and professor of world religions and contemporary American religion at the University of Hawaii writes about the food choices that so many people make causing unimaginable suffering to farmed animals. He mentions people who consider themselves pro-peace or pro-life, who are bothered by all the violence in the world, but do not consider the torture, rights abuse and ethical issues surrounding the meat they consume.  To read the full article please visit Animal Rights and Human Wrongs

It is indeed very inconsistent when people claim to love animals and consider themselves peacemakers while ignoring the plight of God's farmed animals. We can only claim to be good stewards of God's animals when we extend our circle of compassion to all animals, including those we call food.

2. Famous Quote

“Cruelty is the vice most natural to dullness of mind.”

~ H.W. Nevinson (1856-1941), British campaigning journalist

3. Caring for God’s Animals

Wayne Pacelle, Presidents of the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) shares about his energizing interview to Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a former physician and currently a brilliant and passionate Evangelical Christian, who left medicine to devote himself to ministering to tens of thousands of people about Christian principles and the importance of caring for animals and all of God's creation. Sleeth's latest book, The Gospel According to the Earth, was published in March. To read the full article please visit The Biblical Mandate to Care for Animals

Healing God’s Creation is a sacred task that we need to take with responsibility. It involves taking care of God’s animals without victimizing them. In fact, we are called to show love and compassion to all creatures, just as Jesus taught us.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) James 1:22

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

God calls us to put our Faith into practice throughout our daily lives. Faith without works is certainly empty, and will bear no fruits.

5. New Slaughter Law in New Zealand

A new law in New Zealand requires all animals commercially slaughtered to be stunned first. Also, the requirement for stunning will be extended to the slaughter of crustaceans, such as by freezing, so the practice of dropping live crayfish in boiling water will no longer be permitted. To read the full article please search online for New Standards for Animal Slaughter Take Effect

This new minimum requirement in New Zealand is a big step toward reducing the suffering of farmed animals. Most people believe that farmed animals do not suffer during the slaughter practice; however, even pre-stunning (which doesn’t occur all the time) animals can sense their fate and suffer emotionally and physically by their handling. The only effective way to reduce animal suffering is to transition to a compassionate diet: a plant-based one. 

6. This Week’s Video

Do you really know what is behind dairy production? Here is a video that reveals what actually happens to the calves in an industrial dairy farm. Please visit Behind the milk mustache and share it with friends and family.

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