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Monday, November 27, 2006

God’s animals, human commodities

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

1. Animal compassionate labels? – a look into possibly less abusive farming practices

2. Famous quote – Gregory Dick, American comedian, social activist, writer, entrepreneur, and

3. Promoting welfare-friendly farming practices – World Society for the Protection of
Animals’ initiative

4. Bible verse – 1 Peter 2:15-16

5. Milk-fed porcelet – cruelty attached to delicacy

6. Pig ads rejected – meat industry behind it?

1. Animal compassionate labels? Animal rights advocates and compassionate consumers are raising awareness about the brutality and cruelty farmed animals are subjected to. Grocery stores and restaurants are carrying more food products with animal-welfare labels, which seem to be on the road to popularity even though their prices can be twice as much.

Whole Foods Market has been working on its “Animal Compassionate” standards for three years and will soon make known its new logo indicating how the animals were treated up until slaughter. However, critics say that consumers are already confused with all the terms out there, such as “free range”, “organic” or “grass-fed” among others. Another issue is that the different terms used in food labels can be very misleading since the mega food industries are behind the trend.

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2. Famous quote - “Martin Luther King taught us all nonviolence. I was told to extend nonviolence to the mother and her calf.”
~ Gregory Dick, American comedian, social activist, writer, entrepreneur, and nutritionist.

3. Promoting welfare-friendly farming practices: According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, China has 7 billion chickens intended for use as meat, 2 billion hens for eggs, 622 million pigs and 47 million cattle. Brazil has 5 billion hens for eggs, 38 million pigs, and 37 million cattle. Together they produce 66% of the world's meat.

Disturbingly, these animals know misery and torture throughout their lives. They are caged, chained, mutilated, denied their instincts, separated from their families, forced to grow unnaturally and finally slaughtered. The widespread of factory farming in developing countries is of serious concern and two UK organizations, the Food Animal Initiative and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have launched an initiative that encourages welfare-friendly farming practices.

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The appalling numbers of animals raised for food and the immense suffering there are subjected to should be of great concern for everyone. We are called to be compassionate and merciful and raising animals for food is neither. The transition to a plant-based diet could alleviate the suffering of billion of God’s animals, restore the environment and help as live healthier lives.

4. 1 Peter 2:15-16 “It is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”

God gives us the freedom of choice. We can choose to be loving and compassionate or tyrants and victimizers. God does not want us to use the freedom our Creator gives us, to exploit other creatures for our benefit. Christ is our example and we should abide to His teachings.

5. Milk-fed porcelet: The meat industry has once again come up with a new “product”. Newark (Canada), New Jersey-based D'Artagnan, known largely for its organic game and poultry, has begun to distribute a piglet called “milk-fed porcelet.” These piglets are weaned at just one week of age and killed at eight weeks. According to D'Artagnan, the texture and taste of this piglet’s flesh make it a unique product highly desired by chefs.

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Piglets are seen as just a product or commodity by the food industry. They are not only weaned much earlier than nature calls for, God’s perfect design, but are subjected to confinement, fear and painful mutilations. The separation of mother pigs and piglet causes tremendous stress to both of them. A plant-based diet is a compassionate choice that helps us take a stand against the cruelty inflicted on God’s animals.

6. Pig ads rejected: Marie Claire, Delicious and Good Weekend are some of the women oriented magazines that have rejected ads by a $500,000 Australian campaign against the intense confinement and mutilations of factory farmed pigs.

The ads feature color photographs of freshly cooked pork dishes with headlines such as “Emotionally Stressed Pork Sausages in Red Wine Jus” and “Traumatized Suckling Piglet with Severed Tail” followed by the text detailing how week-old piglets have their tails cut off and their eye teeth removed with clippers without any pain relief. Even though publishers who rejected the ads claim that they are not being pressured by the meat industry, Brian Sherman, director of the animal protection group Voiceless, part of an alliance funding the ads, speculated that the meat industry might threaten to withdraw the $800,000 it spends each year on magazine advertising.

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The factory farm industry is among the cruelest towards God’s animals. It is a pity that some magazines that claim to represent today’s women, refuse to advertise the truth surrounding pig factory farms and their inherent cruelty. It is time that the media exposes the meat industry and its callousness.

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