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Love and Compassion
September 14, 2015

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

  1. Love Is More Effective than Anger
  2. This Week’s Famous Quote: Immanuel Kant
  3. These Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: 1 Peter 3:8
  5. Find a Support Group!
  6. This Week’s Video: Cody

1. Love Is More Effective than Anger

Tobias Leenaert writes a very insightful article about animal advocacy and the anger that permeates in our movement due to the tremendous suffering humanity causes to animals unnecessarily. Leenaert is right that anger is one sign of being aware; however, he also rightly states that anger alienates people and turns them away instead of bringing them closer to embracing our beliefs of compassion to all creatures. He emphasized that instead of showing anger, we should show optimism, openness, tolerance, forgiveness, understanding and love, which are qualities that attract people. In short, we want animal liberation as soon as possible, and “What will bring that day closer, is not our anger, but our love,” says Leenaert.

Please visit Not our anger, but our love.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
― Immanuel Kant

3. These Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words.

God’s animals raised for food suffer unimaginable pain, fear, frustration, depression, anxiety and loneliness.

This is what it feels like to be a pig on a factory farm including pictures of pigs in gestation crates say it all.

Please share them!

We have the capacity to act with compassion and love. Let’s not allow taste, profit and convenience to stop us from helping bring healing and reconciliation to Earth.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse 
(RSV) 1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.

We are called to love all of God's Creation showing compassion and seeking unity. By acting as peacemakers we can actively participate in the reconciliation of God's Creation and help bring harmony among all of the brethren, including God’s animals 

5. Find a Support Group!

It’s not easy to transition to a healthier and more compassionate diet, and stick to it, without support simply because we live in a society where animal products abound and seem to the norm; and where people are desensitized to or not aware of the suffering of farm animals. This is why it is important to surround ourselves, at least every so often, with like-minded people who understand our struggles and are able to encourage us on this journey of compassion.

Read about a vegan support group created by Jane Velez Mitchell, a former HLN news anchor who now works as an independent journalist, that is being replicated in many places.

Please visit Hankering for cheese? Still stuck on steak? Time for a little vegan support.

6. This Week’s Video: Cody

Watch What Cody Saw, a very compelling 10-minute documentary by Mercy for Animals (MFA), based on former MFA investigator Cody Carlson. Cody went to work at farms across the U.S. and what he witnessed changed his life and the life of his family forever. The viewer will get to see rare, never-before-seen footage from farms around the world. Please share!

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