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April 14, 2014

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

  1. Invertebrates Feel Pain
  2. Famous Quote: Leo Tolstoy
  3. If Ag-Gag Laws Were Common
  4. Bible Verse:James 2:13
  5. "Noah" On the Big Screen
  6. This Week’s Video: Jeff Masson talks to NPR

1. Invertebrates Feel Pain

Lobsters, crabs and other invertebrates are treated as if they didn’t feel pain when raised or caught for food, because it is thought that they don’t perceive pain. However, a study carried out by scientists at Queen’s University Belfast indicates that these animals do feel pain. In fact, Elwood and Crook, who carried out the research, “have changed how they treat the invertebrates in their labs. They now use as few animals as possible and keep the potential for suffering to a minimum.”

Please visit Do lobsters and other invertebrates feel pain. New research has some answers.

Science helps us understand the world around us to a certain extent but we have much to learn. I think if we act with compassion, instead of waiting for science to confirm something such as if invertebrates feel pain, we are on the right path. In essence, we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

2. Famous Quote

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.

~ Leo Tolstoy

3. If Ag-Gag Laws Were Common

Ag-gag laws or “anti-whistleblower” laws make it illegal for anyone (journalists, activists and employees) to document what goes on inside factory farms, thereby outlawing animal abuse exposés. These 2 articles refer to 10 of these big exposes of factory farms that couldn’t have taken place if these ag-gag laws were common.

Please visit 5 Investigations We Wouldn't Know About If Ag-Gag Laws Were Common and 5 More Investigations We Wouldn't Know About If Ag-Gag Laws Were Common.

Ag-gag laws protect the animal agriculture industry and therefore protect those who abuse God’s animals raised for food, those who abuse workers at factory farms and those who destroy the environment. The mere fact that these laws exist is a clear example of how badly this industry wants to keep consumers in the dark.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) James 2:13

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.

Mercy is essential in order to be true followers of Jesus Christ. Are we being obedient to God if we treat God's animals with no mercy? Let's all ask ourselves this question when choosing what or who we eat.

5. “Noah” On the Big Screen

“Noah”, the latest movie by vegan director Darren Aronofsky is making headlines no just because of its impressive production but by the maybe not so subtle vegan message. Aronofsky doesn’t use any real animals in the movie showing that animals don’t need to be used (or abused) in order to make a movie. He also raises the issue of eating only what we need (ecological message) and the moral choice of killing vs love.

Please visit Yes, 'Noah" is totally vegan propaganda

It’s fantastic that the Biblical story about Noah is making headlines bringing forth the ethical issue of eating God’s animals. Hopefully the viewer will grasp the notion that animals are here to share the Earth with us instead of being subjugated by us, that raising them for food in unnecessary and cruel, and most importantly that eating them has nothing to do with love.

6. This Week’s Video

Jeff Masson talks to NPR

Bestselling author Jeff Masson talks to NPR about his wonderful new book: “Beasts: What Animals Teach Us About the Nature of Good & Evil.”

Please visit Jeff Mason -- Domesticating Animals Caused Addiction to Violence?

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