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Reclaiming the God-Given Rights that Animals Have
July 2, 2012

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

  1.  Pork Producers are Fuming 
  2. Famous Quote: Matthew Scully (born March 30, 1959), American author, journalist, and speechwriter
  3. Demonstration in Paris to Close Slaughterhouses
  4. Bible verse: Genesis 6:6
  5. What Really Is Behind Foe Gras Production
  6. This Week’s Video: Blazing Animal Rights Speech 

1. Pork Producers are Fuming 
This is a great editorial in the Pork Magazine where it’s obvious that pork producers are paying attention to animal advocates and concerned consumers. After so many companies (McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Safeway, Winn Dixie, Quiznos, Red Robin, Subway, Bon Appetit Management Company, Compass Group and Tim Hortons) have issued deadlines for suppliers to phase-out gestation crates and move to group housing, “pork producers are fuming” and weighing their options. Please visit Through Their Eyes:
Pork producers are fuming because their rotten, unethical, merciless business is being exposed. The more exposure factory farming gets, the easier consumers can make the connection between their choices and their meals. Most people do not want animals harmed, and therefore, by learning about the suffering farmed animals undergo unnecessarily they might be led to choose a compassionate diet. 

2. This Week’s Famous Quote
Let's just call things what they are. When a man's love of finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.
~Matthew Scully (born March 30, 1959), American author, journalist, and speechwriter 

3. Demonstration in Paris to Close Slaughterhouses
Earlier this month, a large demonstration took place in Paris, France calling for the closure of slaughterhouses. This demonstration took place at symbolic location of the old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissment, where part of Georges Franju’s movie (Animal’s Blood) was shot in 1949. Franju’s words after witnessing the slaughter of animals for food were, “The first time I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives, I just wanted to die.” Please visit Large Demonstration in Paris Calls for the Closure of Slaughterhouses to read the article and watch a short video of the demonstration. 
Millions of people around the world realize that killing animals for food is not only unnecessary but horrifying. They are taking a stand for all of God’s animals that are brutalized and killed for the sake of profit and taste, and they want to see this come to an end. The more people stand up for compassion, peace and love, the kinder and more harmonious the world will be. 

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Genesis 6:6
And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
Humankind is capable of the worst atrocities, but also of the most magnificent acts of kindness. By following a path of compassion, mercy and love we are honoring our loving and benevolent Creator, from where all life arises. 

5. What Really Is Behind Foe Gras Production
With the upcoming ban of foie gras (French term for fatty liver) production in CA and its potential repercussions around the country, producers are trying their best to appeal to consumers. One producer in NY, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, opened its doors to a CNN reporter in order to let consumers see what really is behind foie gras production. From the raising of baby ducks to their force-feeding and slaughter, readers can get informed and ultimately decide the fate of foie gras. Please visit? Clarified - Is foie gras fair game or foul play?:
In spite of producers’ attempts to make foie gras production look harmless and innocent, it still remains as the totally unnecessary victimization of ducks and geese. Force-feeding any creature goes against their God-given nature and it causes stress, pain and fear. After all, how many people have ever seen a duck or a geese walking happily toward being force-fed? 
As long as we keep rationalizing the exploitation of God’s animals we cannot even pretend we are being good stewards of God’s Creation for this role implies caring and respecting all creatures. 

6. This Week’s Video: Blazing Animal Rights Speech
“Free From Harm” is a 10-minute excerpt of Philip Wollen’s speech to the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre in Australia on May 16, 2012 titled “Should Animals Be Off the Menu? A Full Debate on the Ethics of Eating Meat.” Wollen is a former VP of Citibank and Australian philanthropist. The full debate consisted of six speakers, three that make the case for getting animals off of the menu and three that make the case against it. 
To watch the 10-min excerpt please visit Blazing Animal Rights Speech
For the complete two-hour debate of which this debate was a part, please visit Should Animals Be Off the Menu? A Full Debate on the Ethics of Eating Meat :

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