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Monday, December 27, 2010

Are We Reflecting God’s Love onto All Creatures?

1. Brave High-Schooler Saves a Chicken and Educates Thousands of People

2. Famous Quote – Charles Darwin

3. Paul Watson Shares About His Anti-Whaling Activism

4. Bible verse – Luke 2:8-11

5. Dogs as Food

6. This Week’s Video – Undercover Investigation at World’s Largest Pig Producer

1. Brave High-Schooler Saves a Chicken and Educates Thousands of People

A very courageous 16 year-old girl named Whitney Hillman snuck out of her class with a chicken tucked under her arm in order to save his/her life since the students were required to slaughter the chickens as a part of an Animal Science and Food Production class. She shares that before this incident she had never connected what happens to animals to the food on her plate, but after she saved Chicklett she couldn't eat chicken again. It is important to note that permission slips are widely used by this school for everything from field trips to R-rated movies. But when it came to slaughtering chickens, parents were left uninformed. To read the full article please search online for Teen refuses to slaughter chicken for High School class

Children should be encouraged to show compassion toward all creatures, but sadly in many schools around the country they are taught to become insensitive toward the pain and suffering of God's animals.  Whitney not only saved the chicken's life but taught a life lesson to thousands of people.

2. Famous Quote

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — Charles Darwin, English naturalist (1809–1882)

3. Paul Watson Shares About His Anti-Whaling Activism

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson speaks in this interview about the human-whale relationship and why his advocacy implies intervention and not passive protesting. He also shares the tremendous impact a dying whale had on him and how this changed his life forever. Watson also discusses his reasons for being vegan and asks people to do so as well in order to save the oceans. To read the full article please visit 'You don't watch whales die and hold signs and do nothing'

What an admirable job Paul Watson and other whale activists are doing! Already the oceans have been decimated and majestic creatures like whales endure a horrific death. Watson's life exemplifies what it means to be a good steward of God's Creation.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Luke 2:8-11

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord".

How wonderful it is that we have the freedom to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who brought with him the way to peace, love and justice! May the grace of God and Jesus' teachings permeate into every life so we can all actively participate in the reconciliation of God's Creation.

5. Dogs As Food

Li Jiahui, a woman in Beijing, helped save 12 large dogs that were destined to be sold for human consumption. This woman spotted the dogs being transported in appalling conditions, one on top of the other, in the back of a small truck. Even though the police got involved, they unfortunately could only save 12 out of 60 dogs. Many of these were wearing collars which would suggest they were someone's pets. To read the full article please search online for Woman acts after spotting 12 dogs heading for chopping block

God's animals are treated as commodities everywhere in the world, regardless of the place and the species of animals. While most people in the Western world would be appalled at the dog-eating practice, these same people would not think twice about eating other animals. Eating dogs or cows or pigs (or any other creature) shows how humans can rationalize their actions in order to avoid a moral dilemma.

6. This Week’s Video – Undercover Investigation at World’s Largest Pig Producer

The Humane Society of the United States released shocking undercover video footage from its recent investigation at a Virginia pig factory farm owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer. The video shows disturbing cruelty such as extreme confinement in "gestation crates", untreated injuries and open pressure sores that developed from their merciless confinement, and pigs seen engaging in disturbed behaviors, such as repeated bar biting, indicating severe distress. Some had even bitten so hard and frequently that blood from their mouths coated the fronts of their crates. Piglets are taken from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old and packed into overcrowded pens after having their tails cut off, their teeth clipped and their testicles ripped out of their bodies without any painkillers. After five or six months of this torture they are loaded onto transport trucks and shipped to slaughter.

To watch the undercover video and read the article please search online for Undercover Investigation Reveals Routine Cruelty to Pigs at World's Largest Pork Producer.

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