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Have a Heart: Don’t Support the Exploitation of God’s Animals
December 2, 2013

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

  1. Kids Embrace Plant-Based Diets
  2. Famous Quote: Pythagoras
  3. Feminism and Veganism
  4. Bible verses: Proverbs 12:10 and Psalm 145:9
  5. Tyson Foods Again on the Spotlight
  6. This Week’s Video: Jaw-dropping animated video on overfishing... It's time for change!

1. Kids Embrace Plant-Based Diets
 
Kate, a mother of vegan kids, explains in this blog how easy it really was for her kids to embrace first a vegetarian diet and now a vegan one. She advices parents to tell the kids the truth about where different foods come from in age-appropriate stories or drawings. She also has tips on how to deal with outside influences.

Please visit KateSurfs.com, Parenting Blog
 
Kids embrace compassion, respect and love when they are encouraged in them, especially when someone who they respect much (a parent, a mentor, etc.) mimics these behaviors and attitudes to them. Children thrive in an environment of harmony and non-violence, and it’s not surprising why they thrive on plant-based diets. In fact, children tend to embrace veganism much more easily than adults.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
“For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
 
― Pythagoras


3. Feminism and Veganism
 
Angel Flinn, Director of Outreach for Gentle World, explores the issues that seem to link feminism to veganism. The exploitation of the female reproductive system is a crucial aspect that allows the mass production of animals raised for food. For example, the reality of dairy production, which is one of the most abusive systems that have ever existed in the animal-based agriculture system, should prompt anyone --women especially-- to stop supporting this industry.

Please visit Breeding Slavery: Why Veganism Should Be Considered a Feminist Issue 
 
Female animals raised for food are the most exploited animals in the industry. They have the amazing gift of being able to give birth and nurture their infants. What we do to these animals is beyond cruel: we impregnate them artificially, steal their milk or eggs, and also steal their babies; we then kill them after they are no longer of use. No love, no mercy, no justice.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
Proverbs 12:10 teaches, “A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast,” and Psalm 145:9 reminds us that “The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.”
 
Yes, God care about all creatures and His/Her compassion extends to everyone! If we eat the products of factory farming we are, Fr. John Dear notes, “paying people to be cruel.”


5. Tyson Foods Again on the Spotlight
 
A new undercover investigation by the animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals revealed egregious cruelty at a Tyson farm in Oklahoma, where workers are shown hitting pigs, throwing pigs, punching pigs, etc, which prompted Tyson Foods to cut ties with this farm.

Please visit Tyson Foods Dump Pig Farm after NBC Shows Company Video of Alleged Abuse
 
This kind of abuse and cruelty is the norm and not the exception. After all, confining pigs in small crates, ripping their testicles out, cutting their tails off without anesthesia and slamming piglets on the floor to kill them are some examples of the legal, standard procedures in the pork industry. What Tyson Foods did was not prompted by their concern about pigs but by their concern of bad publicity. After all, if people found out how tortured these animals are, it would certainly lower the company’s profits.


6. This Week’s Video: Jaw-dropping animated video on overfishing... It's time for change!

This is a short animated video showing the devastating effects of the fishing industry and the fish farming industry.

Please visit Jaw-dropping animated video on overfishing... It's time for change! and share!


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