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The Foundation of Christianity is Compassion, Mercy and Love
January 14, 2013

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

  1. Compassion and Love: The Foundation of Major World Religions
  2. Famous Quote: John Muir, naturalist and explorer (1838–1914)
  3. Rev. William Cowherd, Vegetarian Church Leader
  4. Bible verse: Hebrews 13:3
  5. Cruelty to Farm Animals Found Acceptable and Humane
  6. This Week’s Video: My Story

1. Compassion and Love: The Foundation of Major World Religions
Compassion is a theme that is common to all major world religions. More and more religious leaders are voicing their concern for the victimization of God’s animals; however, much work is needed in the religious arena as God’s animals and their abuse is rarely in their radar.

Please visit World's Major Religions Call for Compassion for Animals:
Kudos for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict the XIV and the Dalai Lama for speaking out on behalf of the plight of God’s animals.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote
The world, we are told, was made especially for man – a presumption not supported by all the facts.… Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?
~ John Muir, naturalist and explorer (1838–1914)

3.  Rev. William Cowherd, Vegetarian Church Leader
Read the fascinating story about Reverend William Cowherd, who more than 200 years ago demanded his congregation eat a meat free diet based on the belief that God inhabited every animal.  Rev. Cowherd even wrote vegetarian hymns for his congregation.

To learn more about this compassionate individual, please visit Vegetarian roots: The extraordinary tale of William Cowherd:
If more church leaders would encourage their congregation to transition to a plant-based diet a revolution of love, joy and compassion would take place! Let’s all encourage church leaders to show compassion and mercy to all creatures. When leaders don’t lead, followers must sometimes become leaders.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Hebrews 13:3
"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body."
I think that the word "those" could be applied to all sentient beings. Remembering God's farmed animals, who are prisoners in farms and factory farms and who suffer and die needlessly, should prompt us to choose a compassionate and sustainable diet. Only then we will bring healing and reconciliation to God's Creation.

5. Cruelty to Farm Animals Found Acceptable and Humane
The latest undercover video by Mercy for Animals Canada, taken at Puratone Corp. farm in Alborg, Manitoba, shows undeniable egregious cruelty to pigs. Not surprisingly, an Animal Care Review Panel comprised of three experts, reviewed the footage at the request of the Canadian pork council and concluded that, “while some of the animal handling practices shown are improper, most of what is seen are widely considered acceptable and humane.”

Please visit Cruelty at Pig Farm Considered Humane by Independent Panel:
Cruelty to God’s farmed animals is legal and standard around the world. Farm animals would never willingly accept to be confined, mutilated without anesthesia, or killed. All sentient beings have God-given instincts and needs that they want to exercise. When we deny these creatures of this, we invariably deaden our empathy and compassion. To support the animal agriculture industry is to support cruelty. There’s simply no way around it. 

6. This Week’s Video: My Story
Watch a powerful, brilliant video that will take you into the hidden and miserable life of a dairy cow and her calves. Please visit My Story and share!: 

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