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God’s Animals, Human Companions
Monday, July 11, 2011 Blog
God’s Animals, Human Companions An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry

1. Book Review: "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry"

2. Famous Quote – Gary Yourofsky

3. The Truth Behind Cattle Trade

4. Bible verse – Genesis 2:18-19

5. Breaking News! UEP and HSUS Agreement

6. This Week’s Video – Mercy For Animals’ Undercover Investigation

1. Book Review: "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry"

Very thorough review of Karen Davis' book "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry". The book reveals in detail the miserable lives of chickens in industrial farms and the atrocious cruelty inflicted on them in the hands of the poultry industry. It also details the complex and interesting lives of wild and free chickens so the reader is able to contrast the vast differences between the two. A must read for animal advocates and anyone who wants to extend their circle of compassion! To read the full review please search online for Journal of Animal Ethics 2011 Review of Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"I want you to think about how you would feel if the moment you were born, somebody else had already planned the day of your execution"

~ Gary Yourofsky, animal advocate and public speaker

3. The Truth Behind Cattle Trade

A recent exposé showed unimaginable cruelty inflicted on cattle who is exported from Australia to Indonesia. Every year, Australia exports 500,000 cattle end up in Indonesian slaughterhouses and this senseless torture has been ignored by Australian officials who assured the public that the welfare of these animals is “generally good”. However, extensive footage taken at different Indonesian slaughterhouses, showed a range of horrifying acts of brutality such as kicking, hitting, eye-gouging and tail-breaking - as workers try to force the cattle to go into the slaughter boxes. To read the article please search online for A Bloody Business and to watch the video search online for A Bloody Business - video

It seems inexplicable to me that we can call ourselves “humans” and act with such barbarism! God’s animals are at our mercy and therefore depend solely on our ability to show compassion. Jesus’ ministry was heavily centered on compassion, mercy and love; and Christians, as followers of Christ, should not support industries that cause pain and misery to any creature. Transitioning to a plant-based diet helps us show compassion and mercy to farmed animals. 

4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Genesis 2:18-19

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

I think these verses indicate that God made animals as Adam’s helpers and companions and not as mere commodities to be exploited. In fact, Adam named the animals, which we might interpret as concern and friendship. Simply put, we don’t name the animals we eat.

5. Breaking News! UEP and HSUS Agreement

The United Egg Producers (UEP) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have agreed to support the first federal legislation in U.S. history that would protect farmed birds. UEP, the trade group in charge of defending the worst of the worst abuses of farmed animals, has agreed to work with HSUS in a proposed legislation that would include the following:

- A moratorium at the end of 2011 on new construction of unenrichable battery cages—small, cramped, cages that nearly immobilize more than 90 percent of laying hens today—and the nationwide elimination of barren battery cages through a phase-out period;

- A phased-in construction of new hen housing systems that provide each hen nearly double the amount of space they’re currently provided;

require environmental enrichments so birds can engage in important natural behaviors currently denied to them in barren cages, such as perches, nesting boxes, and scratching areas;

- A mandate labeling on all egg cartons nationwide to inform consumers of the method used to produce the eggs, such as “eggs from caged hens” or “eggs from cage-free hens”;

 - A prohibition on forced molting through starvation, an inhumane practice that is inflicted on tens of millions of hens each year and which involves withholding all food from birds for up to two weeks in order to manipulate the laying cycle;

- A prohibition on excessive ammonia levels in henhouses, a common problem in the industry that is harmful to both hens and egg industry workers; and

- A prohibition on the sale of all eggs and egg products nationwide that don’t meet these requirements.

To read more about this fantastic news, please search online for Breaking News: Landmark Agreement to Help Millions of Hens

This is good news for God’s Creation! Alleviating the pain and suffering of God’s farmed animals will indeed help bring healing and reconciliation, and also hopefully more awareness to the fact that billions of God’s creatures are legally imprisoned and exploited every year for profit and taste, a fact that should appall every Christian. 

6. This Week’s Video – Mercy For Animals’ Undercover Investigation

A new Mercy For Animals (MFA) undercover investigation sheds more light on the hidden appalling reality of one of the nation's largest pork producers – Iowa Select Farms in Kamrar, Iowa. Between April and June of 2011, an MFA investigator documented unimaginable cruelty such as: mother sows confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies, workers ripping out the testicles of conscious piglets without the use of painkillers, piglets suffering with herniated intestines, conscious piglets having their tails painfully sliced into and yanked off with dull clippers, sick and injured pigs left to languish and slowly die without proper veterinary care, mother pigs suffering from painful uterine prolapses, and management training workers throwing piglets across the room – comparing it to a "roller coaster ride." To watch the video and learn more please search online for Concealed Cruelty: Pork Industry Animal Abuse Exposed

It's simply almost impossible to understand that such cruelty is so widespread and legal. How are we, stewards of God's Creation, capable of causing so much pain and suffering in spite of claiming to be Christ's followers? I think it's imperative to understand that when we cause misery to God's animals we are causing misery to ourselves as well as to the generations to come. The spiritual repercussions of the atrocities we commit against God's animals I believe are reflected in the hardness of hearts; and therefore, in the state of the world.

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