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Betrayal or Reconciliation? We have a Choice
January 13, 2014

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

  1. Don’t Tell Me What to Do
  2. Famous Quote: Pope Francis
  3. Desmond Tutu on Behalf of God’s Animal
  4. Bible Verse: Proverbs 14:5    
  5. We Betray God’s Animals
  6. This Week’s Video: Amazing Claymation

1. Don’t Tell Me What to Do

This is an interesting piece depicting the attitude of many people in regards to the consequences of their choices. These people, when exposed to the suffering of humans and non-human animals, claim that their choices are personal and must be respected. This seems to be the excuse when they are exposed to the suffering of close to 60 billion land animals every day, who are raised for food with much pain and terror.

Please visit Don’t Tell Me What To Do

I have encountered the “don’t tell me what to do” numerous times just vacationing with family and relatives. I think that people’s guilt in learning the tremendous suffering they cause simply for taste and convenience catalyze a defensive mode that results in ‘it’s a personal choice” argument. Indeed, we cannot force people into doing anything, but we can teach them, educate them, inspire them, challenge them, and especially showing them what compassion and love look like in order to for them to hopefully change their mind and make choices that cause as little suffering in all of God’s Creation.

2. Famous Quote

“True peace is not… a lovely ‘façade’ which conceals conflicts and divisions. Peace calls for daily commitment.”
~ Pope Francis, in his first Christmas message
Being a vegan advocate in today’s society, especially among family and friends, sometimes may cause tension and stress in relationships; however, as Pope Francis points out, it’s important to be true to our values and be committed to them, with respect and kindness to our fellow beings, without compromising them. Otherwise, maintaining peace while trumping our values is not true peace. As Philip Wollen says, "True peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice."

3. Desmond Tutu on Behalf of God’s Animal

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is making headlines once again, but this time is not because of his tireless work to end discrimination among humans but actually to expose the injustice animals are subjected to. He states, “I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.

It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.”

Please visit Desmond Tutu on Animal Welfare: We Must Fight Injustice to Animals.

It’s fantastic that such a prominent church leader recognizes and voices the massive victimization of God’s animals. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is setting an incredible precedent at stating that we must fight the terrible injustice to animals, especially because they are vulnerable and are also God’s creatures.  

4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Proverbs 14:5

”A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.”

Indeed, a faithful witness doesn’t need to lie because he/she speaks the truth. However, a false witness must cover the truth with lies in order to deceive. This is the case of the animal-agriculture industry that continues to put much effort in concealing their egregious practices from the public.

5. We Betray God’s Animals

Gary Smith, writer of the blog “The Thinking Vegan”, explains why raising animals for food is clearly a betrayal to them. These animals never expect to be taken away from their mothers, beaten, enslaved, mutilated and ultimately killed violently.

Please visit Betrayal.

Indeed, when we cause unnecessary suffering to God’s animals we are betraying them. They have done nothing to us to deserve such abusive treatment and they don’t understand why we are causing them so much pain and death. Since God entrusted His/Her animals to us, being tyrants over them is also a betrayal to God. 

6. This Week’s Video: Amazing Claymation!
Watch this claymation exposing the misery pigs live.

Please visit Gestation Crate Pigs, Locked Up Hell and share! 

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