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Raising Animals for Food Cannot be Humane
October 5, 2015

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

  1. Slaughterhouses
  2. This Week’s Famous Quote: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1850 – 1902), American suffragette, social activist, abolitionist, anti-vivisectionist and vegetarian
  3. Is This Really Humane?
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: Philippians 1:9-10
  5. Telling Kids Where Their Meat Comes From… Just Not Truthfully
  6. This Week’s Video: We Showed Five Kids Photos of How Animals Are Raised On Farms

1. Slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouses are places of horror and death. In a single slaughterhouse in the US, 11, 000 pigs are killed every day. This appalling fact is shown by featuring a bloodless picture: a pile of 11,000 pig ear-tags. These tags represent the cruel and unjust reality that pigs are not sentient individuals to the pig industry, but simple commodities seen as pounds of flesh.

Please visit The Horror Of Slaughterhouses, In One Bloodless Photo.

Just the word “slaughterhouse” should send shudders down through our spine. The fact that we have places removed from most people’s view where innocent, sentient beings are brutally killed in a systematic, legal manner is simply barbaric.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flows into our souls.
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1850 – 1902), American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, anti-vivisectionist and vegetarian


3. Is This Really Humane?

Kathryn Ashworth, an associate editor and writer at Yoga International whose yoga practice combined with a life-long love for animals deeply influenced her decision to become an animal advocate, shares her experience of visiting a local “humane” farm where pigs and cows were raised for dairy and meat.

She rightly questions the term “humane” when baby calves are forced to be away from their mothers so humans instead steal their milk; when dairy cows are forced to produce milk even when pregnant; when pigs, who are naturally social, affectionate and inquisitive are fattened and killed for their flesh; when these animals live a fraction of their natural life spans; and when we call these animals “feeders”, “future milkers”, etc.

Please visit My Trip to a Local Dairy Farm: Shall We Call This Humane?

“Humane” is a term that might mean less abusive, but certainly not cruelty-free. “Humane” is a term that makes us feel good because deep down none of us want animals to suffer. No matter how we call it the reality of raising animals for food is one that always involves unnecessary exploitation and death.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse 
Philippians 1:9-10

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

Reflecting God's love for all creation and the faith of Christ helps us make good choices that bring healing and reconciliation to God’s creation.


5. Telling Kids Where Their Meat Comes From… Just Not Truthfully

Kids are awesome! They have a sense of compassion that sadly society numbs as they grow unless people around them, especially the parents, foster this sense. This article on Parenting magazine helps parents deal with the question “Where does meat come from?” The author, Kristin Courtmanche, recognizes the truth saddens kids. She states, "For many of us, eating meat is a regular, not particularly thought-provoking habit. But for kids, realizing their food was a fellow creature can cause reactions ranging from surprise to sorrow." However, the author of the article encourages parents to sugar-coat the truth, essentially lying, by telling kids that animals weren’t afraid and died quickly to become their dinner, which is far from the truth.

Please visit Teaching Kids Where Meat Comes From.

God’s animals don’t want to suffer or die. They avoid pain at all costs and fight for their lives much like we would do if we were in their position. Life in factory farm is filled with pain and abuse, and death in a slaughterhouse is violent and not quick. Telling kids that animals don’t suffer or that they are not afraid is blatantly lying to them in order to allow them to continue eating animals without much remorse. It also helps the parents who tell these lies to continue compartmentalizing and excusing their habit of eating farm animals, which only perpetuates a cycle of pain and death that brings devastation to all of God’s creation: humans, animals and the environment. 


6. This Week’s Video: We Showed Five Kids Photos of How Animals Are Raised On Farms

What happens when kids are shown pictures of animals raised in modern farms? Watch their compassion surface!

Please visit We Showed Five Kids Photos of How Animals Are Raised On Farms.


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