Compassionate Eating Footnotes

  1. Cows experiencing grass for the first time a beautiful video.

  2. Pigs are intelligent.

  3. Chickens are social and intelligent and chickens can know their names.

  4. See, for example, Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe and Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering by Mark Hawthorne.

  5. Chicks are routinely mailed. See, for example, My Pet Chicken.

  6. Cows grieve losing their children.

  7. All factory farmed animals experience extremes of pain and suffering. See, for example, Factory Farming.

  8. Proverbs 12:10 teaches, A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast. The Bible describes God's concern for animals (Exod. 23:5; Matt. 10:29, 12:11-12, 18:12-14) and forbids cruelty (Deut. 22:10, 25:4). All creatures share the Sabbath rest (Exod. 20:10; Deut. 5:14). Animals praise God (Ps. 148:7-10, 150:6) and are present in eternity (Isa 65:25; Rev. 5:13). God preserves animals (Ps. 36:6; Eph. 1:10, Col. 1:20), and animals look to God for sustenance (Ps. 104:27-31; Joel 1:20, 2:22; Matt. 6:26; Luke 12:6) and deliverance (Jon. 3:7-9; Rom. 8:18-23).

  9. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets.

  10. Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

  11. Livestock and Climate Change - PDF. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report used much more conservative analysis and still found that worldwide animal agriculture contributes more to global warming than all forms of transportation combined. Read Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options - PDF.

  12. For example, contact the Vegetarian Resource Group at [email protected] or the CVA at [email protected].