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Killing God’s Animals Ends Up Killing Us
March 30, 3015

  1. California is Running Out of Water
  2. Famous Quote: George Bernard Shaw, writer and Nobel laureate (1856–1950)
  3. “Who” Is Wasting Water? The Livestock Industry
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: Matthew 25:45
  5. Killing God’s Animals Is Killing Us
  6. This Week’s Video: Save Out Planet

1. California is Running Out of Water

According to a Los Angeles Times op-ed written by a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, this state has water for just one more year given the severe drought and the irresponsible use of water given the dry conditions. In fact, many Western states in the U.S. are facing with water shortages that are of grave concern.

Please visit NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left.

The meat, egg and dairy industries use approximately half of all the water used in the U.S. The irrigation of fields for animal feed, the water for the animals and the water used for sanitation, processing of animal products, etc. contribute greatly to the shortage of water.
Eating a plant-based diet saves more water than any other lifestyle choice anyone can make.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
—George Bernard Shaw, writer and Nobel laureate (1856–1950)

3. “Who” Is Wasting Water? The Livestock Industry

This is an excellent article exposing the egregious waste of water by the livestock industry, which only makes the problem of lack of water in CA and elsewhere even worse. A Cornell study suggests that it takes 100 times more water to produce a pound of beef than what it takes to produce a pound of grain. Therefore, eating lower on the food pyramid, that is plant-based foods, helps use water in a sustainable way.

Please visit California's Drought -- Who's Really Using All the Water?

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Matthew 25:45

Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'

Jesus' points out that everyone is our neighbor (I believe God's animals included) and deserves to be treated with kindness. God considers cruelty to animals a sinful act.

5. Killing God’s Animals Is Killing Us

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, commonly known as superbugs, are on the rise due to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock so they survive the crowded, unsanitary conditions in factory farms around the world. According to this article on Mother Jones, “a recent study predicted that antibiotic resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year by 2050.”

Please visit Our Meat Obsession May Kill Us. But Not How You Think.

What goes around, may come around. In this case, exploiting God’s animals mercilessly for food is proving to be harmful to us in many ways. Will superbugs be a wake-up call so we stop abusing and eating God’s animals? Time will tell.

6. This Week’s Video: Save Our Planet

African scientists discuss veg solution to curb impacts of drought. As the dire conditions in the Horn of Africa continue to afflict the lives of over 13 million people across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti, tens of thousands in Somalia alone have lost their lives. Also affected have been livelihoods, with livestock farmers such as those in Kenya now struggling for survival, as are the animals themselves, especially due to the severe lack of water and grazing land.

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