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CVA Blog
Monday, November 22, 2010

Meat-Based Diet Takes a Toll on God’s Animals

1. Super-Dairies

2. Famous Quote – Randy W. Sandberg

3. Interview with Melanie Joy, Author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”

4. Bible verse – Psalm 119:143

5. Jay, A Very Brave Bull

6. This Week’s Video – Thanksgiving’s Toll on Turkeys

1. Super-Dairies

The increasing prevalence of "super-dairies", dairy farms with thousand of cows, might actually help boost the demand for "free-range" and "organic" milk in the UK. More and more people are demanding that cows graze for at least some time in their life and that they have access to the outdoors when the weather allows. To read the full article please search online for  Consumer backlash against 'super dairies' could create new label for 'free range milk'

Dairy cows suffer intensely in dairy farms from mutilations, cramped conditions, infections and when their calves are taken away. Although free-range and organic cows are less abused, all cows are exploited for the milk they produce and all of them meet the same fate: a slaughterhouse. Since milk is not an essential ingredient for a well-balanced and healthy diet, we can show compassion to God's cows by not supporting the dairy industry.

2. Famous Quote

"VEGANISM: That thing you do when you finally start taking the rights of others seriously."

-- Randy W. Sandberg, animal advocate

3. Interview with Melanie Joy, Author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”

Social psychologist Melanie Joy, Ph.D, Ed.M, author of the book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows", talks in this interview about carnism, "the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals." She argues that most people do not want to intentionally cause suffering to animals; however, but in the case of their diet people and society justify eating animals by telling themselves that eating animals is normal, natural, and necessary. To read the full interview and watch the fantastic video trailer of her book please search online for Melany Joy is Changing the Way We Think about Eating Animals (INTERVIEW)

Christians are called to be compassionate and merciful. Choosing a diet that involves eating God’s animals is neither.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 119:143

Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but thy commandments are my delight.

Suffering is inevitable for all creatures on Earth, including us. Persecution, alienation, discrimination, fear and pain are suffered to some extent by everyone. However, humans have the capacity to reason and to choose to follow the path God set forth for us. By following Jesus' teachings of compassion, mercy and love we can deal with suffering and in turn many times alleviate it.

5. Jay, A Very Brave Bull

Read the story of Jay, a 2 year-old bull who managed to survive a crash, flames, burns and a 12-hour chase in order to avoid going back to the truck that was going to take him to the slaughterhouse. This is a true story that hopefully help people understand that farmed animals have a drive to leave and avoid death and pain just like humans.

To read this story please search online for Jay: Brave Bull Rises from Flames, Reaches Farm Sanctuary  

6. This Week’s Video – Thanksgiving’s Toll on Turkeys

Farm Sanctuary's website feature this new video that exposes the truth behind commercial turkey production and explores why these sensitive, social animals are worthy of our protection. It also encourages viewers to adopt a new Thanksgiving tradition.

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