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Plant-Based Living: Passion and Compassion!
August 26, 2013

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

  1. Our Hypocrisy to God’s Animals
  2. Famous Quote: L.R. Knost
  3. Chickens: God’s Amazing Animals
  4. Bible verse: Joshua 1:9
  5. Humane Treatment of Animals Should be the Core for Vegetarianism
  6. This Week’s Video – Speciecism: The Movie

1. Our Hypocrisy to God’s Animals
This powerful column by Nicholas D. Kristof explores the capacity of humans to act in incredibly cruel ways towards other humans and animals. Kristof also explores the way humanity has dealt with animals and our hypocrisy to them, by exploiting them indiscriminately while admiring and recognizing their qualities and abilities. In fact, he asks, "will our descendants be mystified by how good and decent people in the early 21st century — that’s us — could have been so oblivious to the unethical treatment of animals?"

Please visit Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?
In the U.S. (all 50 states) and in many other countries, there are laws that protect companion animals from cruelty; while at the same time, countless other species are legally exploited in terrible ways. This split that occurs in our conscience carries tremendous consequences, including the vast disease, violence and environmental destruction in all of God’s Creation.  

2. This Week’s Famous Quote
“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”
~ L.R. Knost 

3. Chickens: God’s Amazing Animals
Most people hardly know how amazing and complex creatures chickens are! Read this article to get a glimpse of 10 facts about these animals and their lives: 10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens:
Chickens play, forage, sunbathe, communicate, talk to their unborn babies, solve complex problems, etc., but most importantly, they are able to suffer. This abundant knowledge about chickens should help us refrain from harming them and eating them. Living in harmony with God’s animals encourages our sense of empathy and compassion.  

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
In a world beset of suffering it's not hard to sometimes feel despair and frustration due to the colossal cruelty that surrounds us. However, once we connect to our true essence, the essence of God in us, we may find the peace and courage needed to face obstacles and to continue bringing healing and reconciliation.  

5. Humane Treatment of Animals Should be the Core for Vegetarianism
More people are choosing to transition to plant-based diets because of the abundant evidence of their positive effects on human health. However, Oxford ethicist William MacAskill (formerly William Crouch) believes that vegetarianism’s main core should be our treatment to animals. He believes that the health benefits rely more on the decrease in consumption of red meat, while the animals who suffer the most abuse are those who produce milk and eggs. MacAskill challenges people to look into their ethical values in order to make food choices.

Please visit Vegetarians Live Longer But It's Not Because They Don't Eat Meat:
Compassion is really what drives people to make ethical choices and what helps people stick to those choices. When people become vegetarian for health reasons, they may “cheat” every now and then. On the other hand, when people choose foods based on compassion, they rarely or never think about eating something that came from a suffering being.   

6. This Weeks Video – Speciecism: The Movie
Screening dates have been announced for Speciecism: The Movie, which exposes factory farms, referred to as “one of the greatest evils of our history.”

Check it out and encourage friends and family to watch it:

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