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CVA Blog
Monday, March 31, 2008

Compassion Reflects a True Christ-like Heart

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

1. Animal Compassion
2. Famous quote – Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines.
3. Common Legal Animal Abuses Reviews by New Jersey Court
4. Bible verse – 1 John 1:9
5. Political Party for the Animals
6. Worker Sentenced for Abusing Cows

1. Animal Compassion: Earlier this month, the case 2 whales off the coast of New Zealand who struggled to survive after being stranded seemed to reach a fatal end when volunteers, after many efforts, couldn't get them to return to the open waters. Surprisingly, Moko the dolphin, a regular visitor to the coast of Mahia on the east Coast of New Zealand's North Island, came right up to the whales before leading them out to sea. Witnesses said, "Quite clearly the attitude of the whales changed when the dolphin arrived on the scene. They responded virtually straight away,"... "The dolphin managed in a couple of minutes what we had failed to do in an hour and a half."

To read the full article please visit Dolphin saves 2 whales stuck on New Zealand beach at

2. "In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people." ~ Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines.

3. Common Legal Animal Abuses Reviews by New Jersey Court: Last week, a coalition of animal advocacy groups was heard by the New Jersey Supreme Court. These groups' goal is to end what they consider egregious factory farm abuses permissible by the state Department of Agriculture, such as confining pregnant pigs for months at a time in gestation crates, tethering and restrictively confining calves raised for veal until they are sent to slaughter and mutilations without anesthesia including castration, de-beaking, de-toeing and tail docking. A ruling from the Supreme Court is expected to be handed down in about one to two months.

To read the full article please visit N.J. high court hears case on animal abuses at

4. (RSV) 1 John 1:9

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness"

Although we live in a world ruled by earthly desires that very often lead us away from God' will, we can always ask God for forgiveness and start again, trying to the best of our abilities and by God's grace, to reflect God's love and walk in the path of obedience.

5. Political Party for the Animals: An unprecedented effort to have animals represented in the political arena has led to the formation of a Dutch political party, the Party for the Animals, whose highest priority is animal welfare and the respectful treatment of animals. In the Netherlands they are represented in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Provincial States. The Party for the Animals acts as a ‘pacemaker’ in the parliament by encouraging the other political parties to move faster when it comes to animal welfare.

To read the full article please visit Party for the Animals at

Hopefully this effort will encourage other countries to follow their lead in order to have a political party that would help speed up the passing of animal welfare laws in order to decrease the suffering of God’s animals and help citizens to become good stewards of God’s Creation.

6. Worker Sentenced for Abusing Cows: One of the workers shown in the undercover video shot by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at a Southern California slaughterhouse has been sentenced to six months in jail. Rafael Sanchez Herrera pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of non-ambulatory animals, including dragging sick cows with metal chains and forklifts, shocking them with electric prods and shooting streams of water in their noses and faces.

To read the full article please visit Worker sentenced in slaughterhouse abuse at

Animal cruelty needs to be punished by law as it happened in this case. Farmed animals are at the mercy of humans and have no means to defend themselves or speak up to avoid victimization. As Christians, we are called to show mercy and love to all Creation, and in this way participate in bringing peace and harmony to Earth.


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