Weekly Newsletter - February 3, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
  2. Advocating for Animals, part 3
  3. The Peaceable Table, February Issue, Is Now Online

1. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Unconditional Love, Compassion, and Respect

2. Advocating for Animals, part 3

I have been thinking about which is better for animals: promoting laws and standards aimed at reducing animal mistreatment, or to exclusively promoting abolition of animal abuse.

Frustrating my analysis is the difficulty in predicting the course of animal protectionism. Is it possible that it can continue to spread to the point that one day we will have a near-vegan world where people will oppose enslavement of animals just as widely as people oppose human enslavement today? Or, despite the best efforts of animal advocates, will the pendulum swing back the other way, and the very modest recent gains be lost?

Whatever happens, I doubt that the strategies of animal protectionists will have a big impact. Whether they advocate for ameliorating the conditions under which animals are exploited or whether they advocate only for abolition of animal exploitation, I think several other factors will likely have much more impact on the scope of animal abuse. They include 1) the relative cost of different foods; 2) notions about which plant and animal-derived foods are healthy; 3) growing awareness of how animals are treated (and undercover investigations of factory farms has been important); and 4) the availability and palatability of “mock meats” and other plant-based substitutes for animal products.

Abolitionists often assert that animal welfare concerns relate to how animals are treated today, but a more important consideration is how animals might be liberated from human tyranny. Next week, I will continue to reflect whether welfare reforms undermine the goal of animal liberation.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. The Peaceable Table, February Issue, Is Now Online

Contents include:

  • The glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom shows turkey- and cat-friends sitting amicably together in the sunshine.
  • Clergyperson Christa Blanke, founder of the Animals' Angels, writes a letter responding to the editor's corner essay "Unlocking the Door" in the last issue, about the work of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who heroically opposed Nazi rule and was imprisoned and executed by order of Hitler.
  • A good snack refreshes body and soul when one is tired and hungry.See the recipe for these delicious "Devilled Potato Snacks." You won't regret making them.
  • The Soul of All Living Things by veterinarian Vint Virga, giving some of his many insights into the analogies between animal and human mental processes, is reviewed by Norma Fain Pratt, a member of our sponsor Quaker Animal Kinship.

To read in this issue, see www.vegetarianfriends.net/issue121.html. Feel free to respond to any of the material in this issue by going to our Forum, www.vegetarianfriends.net/forum/, and sharing your ideas.

Until the Peaceable Kingdom,
Gracia Fay Ellwood
Editor, Peaceable Table

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