Animal Agriculture Brings Misery to Animals and to Us
December 31, 2012
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- The Victimization of Humans by the Animal Agriculture Industry
- Famous Quote: John Robbins
- What Farmed Animals Have Become,
“Thanks” To Us
- Bible verse: Proverbs 12:10
Animal Farming Not Necessarily Less Abusive
- This Week’s Video -
Animal Tales: The Doctor
1. The Victimization of Humans by the Animal Agriculture Industry
Although the main arguments to stop supporting the animal
agriculture industry involve our health, animal suffering and
environmental degradation, the issue regarding social justice is also
an important one. All around the world workers at factory farms and
slaughterhouses are forced to work under extreme unsanitary and
dangerous conditions, many times under bondage, and without any legal
protection. As the article states, factory farms and slaughterhouses
are the new sweatshops. Please visit
Factory farms are the new sweatshop:
farms and slaughterhouses are hellish places. The victimization of
humans and God’s animals by the animal agriculture industry is
appalling and widespread. Christians are called to love one another,
but when we consume animal products we are supporting an industry that
abuses our fellow human beings as well as God’s animals.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
May all be fed. May all be
healed. May all be loved.
~ John Robbins
What Farmed Animals Have Become, “Thanks” To Us
this article states, farmed animals have become “grotesque parodies of
their natural selves” thanks to the insane thirst for profit and
power. Animals are bred faster, larger and much more different than
nature intended to a point where most of them are truly deformed and
suffering. Chickens are bred so large that their organs fail and their
bones brake often, pigs are bred so they can stand factory farming
conditions and therefore lack the fat and hair that would make them
suitable to live outdoors, beef steers are often bred to have
double-muscle leading to joint problems and deformities, Atlantic
salmon bred in farms suffer from skeletal deformities and dairy cows’
udders are so large that their bodies cannot carry their weight and
often become lame.
Farm Animals Have Become Grotesque Parodies of their natural selves:
Raising God’s animals for food is showing disrespect to our
Creator. Manipulating the lives of these helpless animals in order to
fit our purposes invariably turns these animals into commodities,
which leads to the hardening of our hearts. When we kill animals for
food, we are deadening our sensitivity, our love and our compassion.
4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Proverbs 12:10
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but
the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
God calls us to be merciful
to all His/Her creatures. Animal agriculture is a merciless industry
and Christians should not support it if possible. If we do, we become
accomplices of what God’s farmed animals endure.
Backyard Animal Farming Not Necessarily Less Abusive
people upon learning about the egregious cruelty animals suffer in
factory farms assume that small farms or backyard livestock owners
involve less abuse. However, the reality is that these small farms
have little on no surveillance and animal abuse is sadly very rampant.
Backyard Animal Farming is NOT a "Humane" Alternative to Industrial
Raising animals for food, in any setting,
is contradictory with a compassionate and loving lifestyle. Animals
raised for food are almost always healthy young animals killed at a
very early age, which raises ethical issues as well. God’s farmed
animals are at our total mercy. When we broaden our circle of
compassion and include all beings in it, we are actively participating
in the healing and reconciliation of God’s Creation.
6. This Week’s Video
In “The Doctor,” John Corbett’s famous
voice brings us the story of a charismatic pig who earned his name for
his endearing assistance to medical caregivers at an emergency rescue
site. Farm Sanctuary’s “Animal Tales” project is an introduction to
the magic of our sanctuaries and the farm animals who call them home.
The Farm Sanctuary residents are ambassadors for all farm animals on
factory farms, and each one has a story to tell.
Watch Animal Tales: The Doctor:
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