Are We Relating to God’s Animals Lovingly or Unmercifully?
August 6, 2012
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- So… Where
Should We Draw the Line?
- Famous Quote: Harriet Beecher Stowe
(June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), American abolitionist and author
- Very Dangerous Amendment to Farm Bill
- Bible verse:
1 Chronicles 16:11
- The Life of an Undercover Investigator
- This Week’s Video: Mercy For Animals’ Matt Rice on CNN
1. So… Where Should We Draw the Line?
Why not eat a chicken
but eat an orange? Aren’t both living beings? This type of question is
many times asked by people upon learning that probably it would be a
good idea to stop eating animals. Kasey Minnis, a vegan who is
passionate about her faith and protecting Earth and its creatures,
believes that the Bible certainly gives us much insight about this
issue. She believes that sentience is the key to drawing the line.
Animals have been endowed with the capability of feeling pain, which
to this day seems plants cannot. So why cause unnecessary suffering to
a creature of God when we can avoid doing this?
Plants, Animals & Souls: A Judeo-Christian Perspective:
Although in my
opinion the question about why eat plants but not animals is just a
way to avoid the issue, it’s always helpful to explain that even
plants are creations of God; and therefore, we must make use of them
in a responsible way. By feeding plants to animals and then eating
animals, we are wasting enormous amount of food and killing/eating
many more plants than if we ate them directly. After all, a
plant-based diet causes the least suffering, is the most sustainable
and is ideal for our bodies.
2. This Week’s Famous Quote
It is a matter of taking the side of the weak against
the strong, something the best people have always done.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), American
abolitionist and author.
3. Very Dangerous Amendment to
John Robbins writes a fantastic expose about the
current House version of the $500 billion Farm Bill that contains an
amendment that could potentially nullify any laws to protect animals,
and perhaps even laws to protect the environment, workers, or public
safety. Interestingly, the person who introduced this amendment, Rep.
Steve King (R-Iowa), seems to have some extreme views. Rep. King
doesn't want anyone telling America's farmers how to raise and care
for their animals as his words clearly express: "My [amendment]
language wipes out everything they've done [to ban the most cruel
practices] with pork and veal."
Will the Farm Bill Nullify Lawa Against Animal Cruelty?:
The Farm Bill, already approved by the House, could mean a huge set
back for God's farmed animals in the U.S. The callousness of Rep. King
depicts very much how Big Ag sees farmed animals: mere commodities.
It's imperative that all of us share this expose far and
wide. God's animals don't have a voice unless we speak on their
4. (RSV) 1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
What does it mean to seek the
Lord? I think it means to look within and find that very essence that
enables us to be loving, compassionate, merciful and just. This
essence of love should be our compass… by following it we could truly
bring healing and reconciliation to God’s Creation.
The Life of an Undercover Investigator
Cody Carlson, a former
undercover investigator for the animal advocacy group Mercy For
Animals shares in a very insightful, heartbreaking and moving way how
he became an undercover investigator; the unending, callous animal
abuse he witnessed; how his job affected him profoundly, and why
undercover videos are so effective in exposing the animal agriculture
My Life as an Undercover Investigator:
Thanks to the
incredible bravery, diligence, dedication and passion undercover
investigators is that the heartless, unethical animal agriculture
industry can be exposed to the public. Truthfully, the work that
undercover investigators do is priceless. These people truly
demonstrate what it means to risk much in order to stand for what is
right. This, I believe, is to put the faith of Christ into practice.
6. This Week’s Video: Mercy For Animals’ Matt Rice on CNN
Watch Mercy For Animals' Director of Investigations, Matt Rice,
speak on CNN about animal abuse caught on hidden camera at a Walmart
pork supplier. It’s important to note that the egregious acts of
cruelty taking place in the factory farm in question are not an
exception but instead standard treatment of pigs across the U.S.
Video: CNN Covers MFA's Cruelty Investigation at Walmart Pork Supplier:
Return to CVA Blog - Home Page
Your question and comments are welcome