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CVA Blog
Monday, August 16, 2010

On Being Vegetarian

1. What a Vegan is Really Thinking

2. Famous Quote – Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

3. Positive or Negative Veg*n?

4. Bible verse – Psalm 119:130

5. Making the Case for Vegetarianism

6. This Week’s Video – Famous quotes linked to animal exploitation


1. What a Vegan is Really Thinking

A vegan person (unknown author) shares what he/she feels when eating with his/her non-vegetarian friends. This person shares that his/her thoughts usually fall on the animal flesh his/her friends are eating and wonders why his/her friends, who are intelligent, thinking people actually eat the flesh of dead animals. The author acknowledges that at that point - food - it seems that where their ethics vanish. "They recycle, eschew the use of cars, buy fair-trade coffee and bananas, use environmentally friendly detergent," the author shares, "But when it comes to the moral and environmental issue of meat consumption, their desire for food they enjoy the taste of, the sensual pleasure it gives them, overrides any ethical considerations."

To read the full article please search online for What I'm really thinking: the vegan

2. Famous Quote

“What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things.”

~ Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

3. Positive or Negative Veg*n?

John Davis, International Vegetarian Union manager, highlights the very important task of being a positive rather than a negative vegetarian in the way we depict our diet. He suggests focusing on the benefits of a plant-based diet instead of focusing on the fact we do not eat meat. He refers to examples such us:  I am not 'non-Asian', I am European; I am not a 'non-smoker', I am someone who demands the right to breathe clean air; and - and I am not a 'non-meat-eater', I am someone who chooses plant foods, which is what 'vegetarian' originally meant.

To read the full article please search online for Are You A Positive or A Negative Veg*n?

It is very important to emphasize on the wonderful benefits of vegetarianism for all of God's Creation, instead of focusing on what we decide not to eat. This way, people might feel more attracted to our choice of diet and see it as what really is: a path to reconciling God's creatures while restoring our health and God's Earth.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 119:130

"The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple."

Sometimes we think that being obedient to God in certain areas of our lives is unattainable. However, God's words are there to lead us and help us understand our calling and our path. Once we apply God's wisdom to our daily lives, everything seems clearer and simpler.

5. Making the Case for Vegetarianism

Bruce Friedrich, PETA's Vice-President, shares in this article how students react during his debates with meat-eating advocates at Universities around the US and what are the arguments he uses to explain the inherent cruelty of factory farming as well as the devastating effect is has on our bodies and the environment.

Please search online for Resolved: Eating animals is indefensible

Meat-eating is indefensible from ethical, spiritual, environmental and health perspectives. Especially, as stewards of God's Creation who strive to emulate Jesus' lifestyle of compassion, mercy and love, animal products should not be part of our diet.

6. This Week’s Video

This is a short video featuring images of animal exploitation along with famous quotes calling for compassion and mercy toward all creatures.

Please view the video HERE.

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