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Monday, December 18, 2006

How are we relating to God’s animals?

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

1. Oxford Center for Animal Ethics
2. Famous quote – Philip Hallie, From Cruelty to Goodness
3. Serious animal welfare problems revealed at the Centers for Disease Control, CDC
4. Bible verse – Colossians 3:17
5. Norway's whalers won permits
6. Animal-rights candidates won election to the Dutch parliament

1. Oxford Center for Animal Ethics: More than 100 academics from 10 countries have agreed to become advisors to the new Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics ( This is the world’s first academy dedicated to the enhancement of the ethical status of animals through academic publication, teaching and research that aims to put animals on the intellectual agenda. The Center’s first director, Oxford theologian, the Rev. Professor Andrew Linzey, said: “The support of such a large number of internationally recognized academics underlines just how important animals are as a moral issue.”

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Rev. Andrew Linzey is also a member of the Christian Vegetarian Association board.

2. Famous Quote:  "The victim feels the suffering in his own mind and body, whereas the victimizer ... can be quite unaware of that suffering. The sword does not feel the pain that it inflicts." ~ Philip Hallie, From Cruelty to Goodness

3. Serious animal welfare problems revealed at the Centers for Disease Control, CDC: The animal rights group PETA called for the resignation of director Julie Gerberding, last Monday, due to serious problems — including monkey deaths from dehydration — dating back to 2002. The CDC's labs have been on probation since last year with the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care-International. According to Tom Skinner, CDC spokesman, "Nobody is more devoted to the proper and ethical treatment of animals in science than Dr. Gerberding."

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Being God’s stewards of God’s creation entails taking care of God’s animals in a loving, respectful, just and compassionate way. The Centers for Disease Control serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people of the United States. This agency should show the highest standards of animal welfare. The CDC cannot claim ignorance or lack of resources for their poor animal welfare regulations. It is lack of compassion and profit that usually drive this kind of situations.

4. (RSV) Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Everything we do, including our diet, should be honoring and glorifying to God. We worship a loving God who wants us to live out our life in thankfulness and reverence for all Creation.

5. Norway's whalers won permits: On Dec. 1, Norway's whalers won permits to harpoon 1,052 whales in 2007 despite a global moratorium. Norway officials say that minke whales are plentiful in the North Atlantic, but Brad Smith of Greenpeace said: "Keeping such a high quota is totally meaningless considering that the quotas have not been met since Norway resumed (commercial) whaling in 1993."

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The killing of whales is a barbaric practice with absolutely no compassion for the victims. The survival of Norwegian people does not depend on the flesh of whales; rather, the killing is driven by economic reasons. The transition to a plant-based diet would show reverence and mercy to the lives of these majestic animals, products of God’s creativity.

6. Animal-rights candidates won election to the Dutch parliament: Marianne Thieme and Esther Ouwehand were sworn in as Members of the Dutch Parliament hence becoming the first animal-rights MPs anywhere in the world. Ms. Thieme says, "I miss compassion in our society. When I look at animals, they are innocent. We are treating them like they are things, like they are bicycles. That's not what we have to be as human beings. We have common sense and moral awareness, so we have to use that as well." An important part of the manifesto the Party for the Animals (PvdD) says protection for animals should not be defined by the market.

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This is joyous news for God’s animals. Hopefully, these new MPs will be supported by the public in their work towards a more compassionate society. More countries should follow this example.

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