Weekly Newsletter - February 10, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities
  2. Advocating for Animals, part 4
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Upcoming Leafleting Opportunities

02/16/2016 TN, Memphis Hillsong United Empires Tour 2016
02/18/2016 LA, Baton Rouge Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
02/19/2016 AL, Birmingham Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
02/19/2016 TX, Dallas Hillsong United Empires Tour 2016
02/19/2016 OH, Cincinnati Winter Jam 2016
02/21/2016 OH, Cleveland Winter Jam 2016
02/25/2016 NC, Raleigh Third Day
02/25/2016 CA, Sacramento Jeremy Camp
02/26/2016 TN, Chattanooga Third Day
02/26/2016 AZ, Phoenix Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
02/27/2016 OH, Canton Third Day
02/28/2016 CA, San Diego Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
03/18/2016 CO, Denver Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour
03/18/2016 IN, Indianapolis Winter Jam 2016
03/20/2016 IL, Peoria Winter Jam 2016
04/01/2016 LA, New Orleans Winter Jam 2016
04/02/2016 AR, Little Rock Winter Jam 2016
8/19-20/16 OH, Columbus Belong Tour 2016
9/16-17/16 PA, Philadelphia Belong Tour 2016
9/23-24-16 CO, Denver Belong Tour 2016 (Loveland, CO)
09/30/2016 TX, Dallas Belong Tour 2016
10/01/206 TX, Dallas Belong Tour 2016

Good news! In recognition of our leafleting volunteers, the CVA is increasing to $20 its donation to the veg. advocacy or animal protection of your choice for up to two hours of leafleting. Winter Jam has been particularly productive for us. In particular, I’m hoping to get lots of people to join me in Cleveland on Feb. 21.

Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.


2. Advocating for Animals, part 4

Reflecting on whether advocating for animal welfare reforms undermine the goal of animal liberation, I not that some have argued that if conditions of animal exploitation are improved, there will be less incentive to push for animal liberation. I find this argument problematic and flawed.

Sentencing many billions of innocent creatures to horrific abuse every year indefinitely is a huge price for animals to pay today for other animals’ possible liberation in the future. Further, nearly all animals killed for food, skins, experimentation, and other reasons suffer and die far from the public eye. Their suffering would likely have no impact on the public consciousness.

I also think the argument is flawed. If animal liberation were grounded in a conviction that humans do not have the right to harm any creature unnecessarily, then whether animals are mistreated a little or mistreated badly would not matter. Opposing improvements in animal welfare presumes that public support for animal liberation requires severe animal mistreatment. However, if this were the case, animal abuse industries, if ever threatened with the prospect of animal liberation, could simply improve animal welfare and public support for animal liberation would then evaporate.

Abolitionists often object when animal rights groups endorse animal welfare initiatives that fall short of liberation. This, abolitionists assert, confuses the public about the philosophy and goals of animal rights and animal liberation. I will start to explore this concern next week.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Looking Upon Earth with God


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