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CVA Blog
Monday, October 9, 2006

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

The Environmental Impact of Animal Exploitation

1. Hog factory farms waste – Pork producer loses lawsuit

2. Bible verse on good stewardship of God’s creation

3. European Union calls for fishing quota reductions

4. Famous quote - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5. Aquatic biodiversity threatened

6. US plans on protecting ocean fauna and environment

1. Pork producer loses lawsuit: Premium Standard Farms Inc., second largest pork producer in the US with headquarters in Kansas City, has lost a lawsuit over the stench their hog farms produce. On September 22nd, each of the three families involved were awarded $750,000 and an estate; and there are more than 50 such cases still pending. According to one plaintiff, the company’s actions in addressing the smell of waste from 350,000 pigs on 1,300 acres could be summarized as, “I see nothing, I smell nothing, and we do nothing.”

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While the waste of such factory farms pose a serious threat to our health and the environment, the unimaginable pain, stress and terror hogs suffer should be of primary concern. These are God’s creatures who have instincts and needs; who experience joy and sorrow; and whose God-given rights are totally ignored.

2. (RSV) Genesis 2:15:  The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

The privilege and responsibility given to us by God to take care of the Earth is a sacred one. By adopting a plan-based diet we can help reduce pollution and restore the state of the environment.

3. European Union concerned for overfishing: The EU is calling for quota reductions for exotic deep-sea species, after the warnings of scientists and conservationists who say that many species are at risk of disappearing. In spite of the recommendations to totally ban the fishing of exotic deep-sea species, which can live up to 150 years and reproduce slowly, the EU prefers a volume cut of 33 percent for next year from 2005 in annual catches shared around the 25 EU states, then a further 33-percent cut in 2008. It is because of the depletion of EU commercial stocks (i.e. cod and hake) that deep water fish have become an attractive option.

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The destruction of the aquatic flora and fauna is mostly linked to overfishing and illegal fishing. A plant-based diet would help restore the aquatic biodiversity and would alleviate the suffering that fish go through in the hands of humans.

4. Famous quote - Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 
"Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better everyday. And you will come to love the whole world with an all-embracing love."

5. Commercial fishing impact on oceans biodiversity:  Wherever we turn the negative effects of commercial fishing are evident. The indiscriminate exploitation of aquatic creatures is reaching to a point of no end. According to James Woolford of the World Wildlife Fund's European fisheries campaign, "The trail of destruction behind industrialized fishing must be stopped or our children will be left with a barren ocean." Industrial fishing is as wasteful as it gets. For example, up to 80 percent of some North Sea plaice catches are thrown overboard dead or dying due to their small size and two sharks are killed for every one swordfish caught illegally off Morocco for the European market.

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The alarming rate at which animals are being exploited is simply appalling. The destruction of living creatures for the sake of profit and taste cannot be honoring to God. There’s not much time to turn things around and bring healing into the world. Christians are called to exercise our privilege and responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation.

6. US involvement in protecting ocean life: Last week, US official announced their plan to get involved in protecting fish stocks and their habitats, especially, helping to eliminate destructive ocean fishing practices such as bottom trawling. According to Lisa Speer, Director of the Water and Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, "Unregulated bottom trawling is the single most destructive fishing practice on the high seas, and it needs to be stopped." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was put in charge of the US effort.

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Hopefully US officials will take seriously the threat that commercial fishing presents. People in leadership roles should lead by example, that is honoring God’s creation.

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