Are We Contributing to Violence with Our Food Choices?
January 27, 2014
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Foods that Contribute to Violence
- Famous Quote: Philip
- It’s Time to Evolve
- Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7
- Animals Deserve Dignity and Respect
- This Week’s Video: Blitzen, Lawrence and Alexander's Welcome
1. Foods that Contribute to Violence
What and who
we eat might be contributing to violence around the world. Products
containing animal flesh, dairy, eggs, palm oil or GMO’s contribute to
violence toward animals, people and the environment.
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Your Food Habits Contribute to Violence.
Whenever possible we
should to our best to make choices that align with our innermost
values and beliefs. Every day we have to make food choices and those
choices are of paramount importance if we want to decrease violence in
the world and contribute to bringing peace and restoration. Avoiding
animal products, especially, and replacing them with compassionate
plant-based foods have a huge impact on reducing violence in all of
2. Famous Quote
"To the tortured animal,
the only evidence of the existence of God is the absence of the
torturer. In their cages, I would have little difficulty concluding
that my jailer was living proof that God is deaf, blind, indifferent
or dead. Standing in front of a torture chamber I realized the beast
was outside the bars and I was two yards away from becoming an
~ Philip Wollen
3. It’s Time to Evolve
“Slaughtering animals for their meat is a socially-permissible ethical
transgression”, says Bob Comis, farmer and writer. Comis raises pigs
for food and agrees that he makes a living unethically, and that what
he does to pigs is terribly wrong.
Please visit The
importance of our evolution beyond killing for food.
recognizes that there’s no need to kill animals to survive, and that
killing them is unethical and terribly wrong. He tries to cause as
little suffering to these creatures by raising them in the least
abusive way he knows, but at the end, the pigs encounter a terrifying
and painful death.
It’s time to evolve and to see that the practice
of eating animals must end. It’s time for more peace, more joy, more
health, more unity and more compassion.
4. Bible Verse
(RSV) 2 Timothy 1:7
“…for God did not give us a spirit of
timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.”
advocates of God’s Creation we need to gather strength to face the
many difficulties arise when we are spreading a message of compassion.
Our strength comes from our faith, which is rooted in the Faith of
Christ. A faith that calls us to expose victimization and especially
to be the voice of those who rely entirely on our capacity to show
5. Animals Deserve Dignity and Respect
this excellent New York Times’ op-ed in which the writer, Frank Bruni,
examines the advances in ethics as far as non-human animals go. New
laws, new documentaries, penalties for animal abusers, etc. and
especially the increasing awareness that non-human animals are simply
not different than us in the sense that they value their lives as much
as we values ours, is pushing humans to recognize that we need to
treat animals with dignity and respect. This simply cannot happen if
we continue to use them for our benefit.
Please visit According
God’s animals raised for food only know misery
and death. There’s no respect, no love and no dignity in the way they
are treated. What we do to them, we do to ourselves, because we see
misery, sickness, and devastation arising from it.
6. This Week’s Video: Blitzen, Lawrence and Alexander's Welcome Home
Videos about factory farming such as “Farm to Fridge” are very useful
when trying to expose the victimization of God’s animals. However,
it’s also useful when we help people view animals raised for food much
like those animals called pets, because truly there’s no difference in
their capacity to suffer, feel joy, or fear, etc. This short video
about 3 male calves given a second chance at Farm Sanctuary is a very
valuable tool when I give presentations at High Schools. After
teenagers watch the video, I ask them: “What animals did these calves
remind you of?” Invariably their answer is: “Our dogs!” Sometimes this
is all it takes to start making the connection.
Please visit Blitzen, Lawrence and Alexander's Welcome Home.
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