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Raising Animals for Food Always Involves Cruelty
November 16, 2015

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

  1. Another Investigation: Tyson Abuses Chickens
  2. This Week’s Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet
  3. Should We Exploit Animals for Food?
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: Acts 10:13
  5. The Most Voluminous Killing
  6. This Week’s Video: Secret Video Exposes High-Speed Torture in the Pork Industry

1. Another Investigation: Tyson Abuses Chickens

Once again Tyson Foods is one the spotlight for the alleged cruelty to chickens observed in the undercover video shot by a worker who is an undercover investigator of the animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals. The video shows:

  • Workers jabbing shackled birds like they were punching bags and tossing birds toward metal shackles like basketballs.
  • An improperly shackled chicken missing the kill blade and having its head ripped off by a slaughterhouse worker.
  • Chickens dumped on top of each other on a conveyor belt, causing many to suffocate and die under the weight of other birds.

Please visit Activists allege widespread cruelty at Tyson's chicken factory and share!

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

Compassion is ethical intelligence: it is the capacity to make connections and the consequent urge to act to relieve the suffering of others.
~ Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet

3. Should We Exploit Animals for Food?

Read the insightful thoughts these four renowned philosophers share about their views surrounding very important questions in regards to raising animals for food and its implications with animal suffering, environmental destruction, and public health. They ponder: Is it right to kill animals for food? And if it's wrong, how wrong is it? Could and should Western society ever change its views?

Please visit Can we justify killing animals for food?

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Acts 10:13

And there came a voice to him, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'

Peter recognized that this dream should not be taken literally to mean that he should proceed to kill and eat all animals.

Instead, Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the dream might mean (Acts 10:17). He recognized its meaning when the gentile Cornelius invited him to dinner. Peter realized that the dream was instructing him not to go out and eat meat, but to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. The Jewish dietary laws should not prevent the spread of Christianity, and, at Cornelius' dinner, Peter related to his hosts, You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit any one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (Acts 10:28). Whatever the meaning, it does not argue that modern factory farms, with all their consequences, have God's blessing.

5. The Most Voluminous Killing

Sixty billion chickens are killed every year in the world. Sixty billion creatures live miserable lives and die terrifying deaths. The poultry industry promotes suffering, unhealthy products (chicken has more cholesterol than beef and is laden with saturated fats), and environmental devastation. The exposure of this terrible industry has given rise to a movement that promotes compassion, healthfulness and sustainability.

Read about this industry and the amazing movement that is changing human and animal lives: Eating Chickens Is a Leading Cause of Death Worldwide. Please share!

6. This Week’s Video: Secret Video Exposes High-Speed Torture in the Pork Industry

A recent undercover video shot inside one of the largest pork processors in the U.S. has started a government investigation about the unspeakable cruelty pigs suffer and the lack of surveillance in this industry.

The 97-minute unedited video shows pigs being dragged across the floor, beaten with paddles, and sick to the point of immobility. Many are also shown writhing in apparent pain while bleeding out.

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