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Compassion Should Drive Our Food Choices
February 17, 2014

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

  1. Demand for “Humanely Raised” Hogs on the Rise
  2. Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle
  3. A Tragedy Unseen by Most
  4. Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
  5. Bird Brain, Super Brain
  6. Book Recommendation: Suffering Eyes: A Chronicle of Awakening

1. Demand for “Humanely Raised” Hogs on the Rise

People are waking up to the cruel reality of modern animal agriculture and the demand for “humanely” raised pigs is rising.  

Please visit Demand Grows for Hogs That Are Raised Humanely Outdoors

I think that the term “humane” is very misleading. “Less abused” is probably a better choice. Factory farms have set the bar so incredibly low that any improvement on the welfare of these animals is termed “humane”, and many people believe in this because deep down they don’t want to hurt God’s animals so they gravitate toward choices that seem to cause less or no suffering.

However, it’s important to note that even in the best farms God’s animals raised for food still suffer painful mutilations; still their babies, milk or eggs are stolen from them; and still every one of them faces the same fate: an early death that often involves much pain and terror.

2. Famous Quote

"If our only motivation for not eating animal foods is our own health, it’s easy to “cheat” a little here and there and pretty soon go back to eating them again. When our motivation is based on compassion, it is deep and lasting, because we understand that our actions have direct consequences on others who are vulnerable."
~ Dr. Will Tuttle

3. A Tragedy Unseen by Most

An egg farm in La Grange, Wisconsin was consumed by fire Friday night killing nearly 300,000 birds. Such an horrific event was covered by the news as expected but disturbingly reporters stated that there were no reports of any injuries.

Please visit Tragedy: 300,000 Chickens Burned Alive

How low have we fallen when 300,000 sentient beings don’t count as victims? What happened in this egg farm is a real tragedy, but I think even worse is the fact that humans continue to exploit God’s animals mercilessly considering these creatures simple commodities.

4. Bible Verse

(RSV) 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

May we show this kind of love to all of God’s creatures!

5. Bird Brain, Super Brain

Chickens are one of the most abused animals on Earth, and most people’s perception of them is really far from the truth. According to abundant scientific evidence chickens are “capable of mathematical reasoning and logic, including numeracy, self-control, and even basic structural engineering. These traits are not seen in children until the age of four.” Moreover, scientists says that chickens can be deceptive and cunning, with communication skills much like primates.

Please visit When Bird Brain Became A Compliment

It only makes sense that humans choose to look at chickens in a way that allows them to exploit them without any mercy. People put them down and refer to them as dumb, emotionless and even dirty. How else could people victimize them without guilt?

History teaches us that we acted the same way in order to victimize other humans. These victims didn’t “talk like us, look like us, think like us and they were better off serving a purpose. We even fed them and gave them shelter.” Sounds familiar?

Let’s learn from our past mistakes. God’s Creativity shines when we allow all His/Her creatures to exercise their God-given instincts, needs and emotions. Nothing better than rejoicing in the magnificent diversity of life while living in harmony.  

6. Book Recommendation

Suffering Eyes: A Chronicle of Awakening written by Franceen Neufeld is a heart, soul and mind opening book that helps the reader awaken their empathy to the suffering of all creatures to surface. A must read for all those who care about others and for those who have hardened their hearts to the plight of those exploited.

To learn more please visit

The book is available by donation only, and all proceeds go to farmed animal sanctuaries. I highly recommend it!
Also, there is a Facebook community  where people who care about the welfare of animals can gather for mutual support, gathered wisdom, and encouragement in the work of rescue:

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