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1 Sep 2008 Issue

1. This Week’s Sermon
2. This Week’s Quote
3. CVA Outreach – DVD
4. July – August Issue of Humane Religion Magazine
5. Support California Proposition 2

1. Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman’s weekly sermon:
Tripping Over Biblical Stumbling Blocks

2. This Week’s Quote

The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I’m a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say, “Do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few years in peace?” I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: “What am I doing here?”

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902 - 1991), Newsweek interview (October 16, 1978) after winning the Nobel Prize in literature.

3. CVA Outreach – DVD

CVA member Rachel writes:

Just a note to say "thank you" for your wonderful vegetarian "Honoring Gods' Creation" DVD and support materials. I am pleased to share them with many people (among them my non-vegetarian "Noah's Ark" pet-sitters who take care of my doggies when I am away).
Twenty-one years ago I attended the Vegetarian Summerfest and solidified my commitment to vegetarianism!

Thank you again for spreading the word.
Peace and Blessings,

4. July – August Issue of Humane Religion Magazine

5. Support California Proposition 2

Michael Markarian, Executive Vice President, External Affairs of The Humane Society of the United States, writes:

Dear friends,

I am asking you today to vote YES! on Proposition 2 the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which will appear on the November ballot in California. We hope you'll help by voting YES! on 2, and also sending this message to every California voter you know--family members, work colleagues, and friends and acquaintances.

Prop 2 will put a stop to the practice of cramming veal calves and breeding pigs and laying hens into cages and crates so small that the animals cannot turn around. Prop 2 combats some of the worst abuses in factory farming, and to abide by the principle that all animals deserve humane treatment, including those raised for food.

Here's what voting YES! on Prop 2 means:

* Preventing cruelty to animals. Calves are tethered by the neck and can barely move, pigs in severe confinement bite the metal bars of their crates, and hens get trapped and even impaled in their wire cages. We wouldn't force our pets to live in filthy, cramped cages for their whole lives, and we shouldn't force farm animals to endure such misery.

* Improving our health and food safety. We all witnessed the cruel treatment of sick and crippled cows exposed by a Chino slaughter plant investigation this year, prompting authorities to pull meat off school menus and initiate a nationwide recall. Factory farmers have put our health at risk by allowing these terrible abuses, and now are recklessly telling us it's okay to keep animals in overcrowded, inhumane conditions.

* Supporting family farmers. California family farmers support Prop 2 because they believe food quality and safety are enhanced by better farming practices. The agribusiness interests opposing Proposition 2--masquerading as the deceptively named "Californians for Safe Food"--have a record of duping the public, harming animals, and polluting the environment.

* Protecting air and water and safeguarding the environment. The American Public Health Association has called for a moratorium on new factory farms because of the devastating effects these operations can have on surrounding communities. Factory farms often spread waste on the ground untreated--contaminating our waterways, lakes, groundwater, soil, and air. Environmental leaders like Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club support Prop 2.

* A reasonable and common-sense reform. Prop 2 provides ample time--until 2015--for factory farmers using these severe confinement methods to shift to more humane practices. Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Oregon have passed similar laws. Prop 2 is supported by the The Humane Society of the United States, the California Veterinary Medical Association and hundreds of California veterinarians; California family farmers; the Center for Food Safety, the Consumer Federation of America, the United Farm Workers union, the ASPCA, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Farm Sanctuary; Republican and Democratic elected officials, including U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and state schools chief Jack O'Connell; Episcopal and Methodist church leaders and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; and many others.

Join the broad coalition supporting Prop 2.
* Watch a short video and
* Visit the YES! on the Prop 2 web site
( http://www.yesonprop2.com/  ),
* Sign up to receive alerts from the YES! on Prop 2 campaign, and
* Tell a friend about Prop 2 or simply forward this email.

Thank you for spreading the word about this important initiative and remember to vote YES! on Prop 2 this November.



YES! on Prop 2--Stop Animal Cruelty 

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