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Always Choose Kindness
May 12, 2014

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

  1. There’s Much Suffering in Small Farms As Well
  2. Famous Quote: Samuel Butler, English composer, novelist, & satiric author (1835 - 1902)
  3. Always Choose Kindness
  4. Bible Verse: Colossians 3:15
  5. PED Virus Causing Havoc
  6. This Week’s Video: A Cow and His Toy

1. There’s Much Suffering in Small Farms As Well

Factory farms are barbaric to the animals and most people agree about this fact. However, small farms are not suffering-free, as the public usually believes. This article does a great job explaining why some practices at small free-range farms cause much pain in animals, too. For example, the affixing of septum rings in pigs’ noses, which causes pain and lifetime discomfort, is considered necessary so pigs don’t root (which they enjoy doing constantly) and destroy the landscape.

Please visit Pigs Suffer on Small Farms, Too

When God’s animals are raised for food they become a commodity and their status as sentient beings and amazing creations of God is lowered. Once an animal is seen as a commodity, he/she cannot possibly be allowed to live his/her life fully, as God intended. Only when we see animals as our fellow creatures we may live in harmony with them.

2. Famous Quote

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

~ Samuel Butler, English composer, novelist, & satiric author (1835 - 1902)

3. Always Choose Kindness

We live in a world where there’s much suffering and unkindness but also where many people choose kindness. This article emphasizes the importance of being kind even when we see others acting unkindly or when others are unkind to us. Choosing to be kind reflects our values and beliefs, and helps make this world a better place.

Please visit The importance of being kind in an unkind world.

Jesus’ teachings emphasize kindness and compassion. When we choose a plant-based diet we are being kind to our bodies, kind to God’s animals and kind to the planet we all share.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

We are all children of a loving God and everything in Creation shares the essence of this love. When we do unnecessary harm to any of God's creatures we are creating fear and violence. On the other hand, when we show love and compassion to God's creatures we are creating peace and harmony.

5. PED Virus Causing Havoc

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has claimed the lives of 5 million pigs in the US already since last May. The pork industry is having a hard time controlling the spread of the disease and has already suffer a decrease in the demand of pork. Moreover, the disposal of dead pigs is serious issue that is already causing alarm among public officials and environmentalists.

Please visit PEG Epidemic Death Toll Reaches 5 Million, Hog Industry Scrambles for Solutions.

Nothing good comes from confining, abusing and killing God’s creatures. The emergence of new viruses and bacteria is just one negative aspect of the animal agriculture industry.
By not supporting this industry we are taking a strong stance against abuse, disease and environmental degradation.

6. This Week’s Video: A Cow and His Toy

Humans have assigned categories to animals throughout history, such as “pets” and “livestock”, according to our benefit; and these categories allow for vast difference in their treatment. However, animals are not much different at the time of enjoying their life. This short video of a cow with a new toy shows that those that we eat play and enjoy life as much as those we pet. 

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