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Animal Agriculture Destroys God’s Creation
May 19, 2014

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

  1. Factory Farming Bad for the Whole Planet
  2. Famous Quote: Alicia Silverstone, actress and author
  3. Meatless Meatballs
  4. Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
  5. Climate Change Affects Everyone
  6. This Week’s Video: Dr. Will Tuttle Introducing “Circles of Compassion”

1. Factory Farming Bad for the Whole Planet

Factory farming is destructive at so many levels that it surprising that so many people still support it. It’s barbarically cruel to animals, it degrades the environment, it contributes to diseases and therefore to our wallets, it promotes world hunger and finally it infringes on our rights through ag-gag laws.

 Please visit 5 Things Factory Farm Harms besides Animals.

Let’s take a stand for God’s Creation by adopting and advocating plant-based diets. The benefits of doing this are truly innumerable, deep and lasting. Healing and reconciliation on Earth cannot take place unless we practice what we claim to believe: Jesus’ teachings of compassion, mercy and love.

2. Famous Quote

Once people spend time with farm animals in a loving way ... a pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don't really think of them that way because they're on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies.

~ Alicia Silverstone, actress and author

3. Meatless Meatballs

IKEA, one of the world's largest furniture retailers also famous for its Swedish meatballs, announced it will be launching a vegetarian version of its signature dish in 2015 out of concern for the environment. "We are aware of the meat issue with greenhouse gases," Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the UK, said. "We are looking at all our food products from a sustainability perspective but specifically meatballs. They are very popular and they are also our most carbon-intensive food item on our menu."

Please visit Meatless Meatballs Coming to IKEA.

The world is changing. Consumers care more about God’s animals, health and the environment; and therefore, companies act in accordance to consumers’ choices and demand. Our purchases should align with our values and in this case IKEA has noticed that consumers want a compassionate and sustainable food product. This is the power that consumers have.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

If God is love and we are made in His/Her image, we should do our best to act in loving ways even though we live in an imperfect world.

5. Climate Change Affects Everyone

Climate change is real and everyone will be touched by it. This is what Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" (IPCC) says. IPCC’s latest report authored by more than 300 scientists, who examined 12,000 publications, is a clear warning about the climate impacts that planet is facing. They state that climate change will reduce water availability, cause species to migrate, harm crop yields, and bring more damaging extreme weather.

Please visit "Nobody in this planet" will be untouched by climate change - IPCC head.

Climate change is largely driven by human practices, and animal agriculture is one of them. In fact, animal agriculture produces much more greenhouse gases than even the whole transportation industry! It is evident that the choice of diet is crucial at the time of making mindful choices that shape the future of our planet.

6. This Week’s Video: Dr. Will Tuttle Introducing “Circles of Compassion”

Watch author Dr. Will Tuttle introduce “Circles of Compassion”, a book of essays by leading authors and activists on the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being.

Please visit Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice

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