God’s Animals Depend on Our Capacity to Feel Compassion
March 31, 2014
Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous
quotes, news and commentaries.
- Goat, Sheep and Chicken Bring Joy to Nursing Homes
- Famous Quote: Dr. Will Tuttle, “The World Peace Diet
- Chickens Suffer Unimaginably
- Bible Verse: Matthew 5:7
- The Last Pig
- This Week’s Video: Dairy Industry Investigation
1. Goat, Sheep and Chicken Bring Joy to
Nursing Homes Residents
Usually it’s dogs or cats that are brought to people who are sick,
suffered abuse or are in nursing homes, because of the healing
emotional effect these animals have on them. However, farmed animals
also can help people feel happy for a moment and forget about their
problems. The group of “kindness crusaders” out of Edgar’s Mission
farm animal sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, takes rescued animals to
nursing homes and residents love it!
Please visit Rescued
farmed animals bring joy to nursing home residents (photos).
We, humans, wrongly assign categories to animals based on their use
to us (pet, livestock, entertainment, clothing, experimentation) and
our treatment to them is greatly affected on how we view them. God’s
farmed animals, contrary to people’s beliefs, are no different than
those animals that we call “pets” and if we looked at them for who
they really are, we’d never think of abusing or killing them for food.
2. Famous Quote
“The act of regularly eating foods derived from confined and
brutalized animals forces us to become somewhat emotionally
desensitized, and this numbing and inner armoring make it possible for
us as a culture to devastate the earth, slaughter people in wars, and
support oppressive social structures without feeling remorse.
going vegan, we’re taking responsibility for the effects of our
actions on vulnerable beings and we’re resensitizing ourselves. We’re
becoming more alive, and more able to feel both grief and joy.
Kahlil Gibran points out in The Prophet that unless we are able to
feel our grief and weep our tears, we will not be able to laugh our
laughter, either. Turning our pain and outrage into action on behalf
of vulnerable beings will bring healing to us and to our world.”
~ Dr. Will Tuttle, “The World Peace Diet”
3. Chickens Suffer Unimaginably
Birds are sentient beings; therefore, they are able to feel pain
and fear. However, in spite of this scientific fact, poultry in the US
suffer unimaginable pain and fear when slaughtered because the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) exempts poultry from being
protected under the "Humane Slaughter Act". In fact, many of these
birds end being boiled alive.
Please visit USDA:
Time to Stop the Chicken Industry from Boiling Birds Alive .
The way chickens are raised and killed for food in the U.S. and the
rest of the world is nothing short of a tragedy. We cannot possibly be
living according to our Faith and values when we support an industry
that doesn’t care about animals at all.
If we want to live out our compassion, mercy and love we need to
include all beings in our sphere of compassion, doing our best not to
harm them unnecessarily. This is the core of being good stewards of
4. Bible Verse
(RSV) Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
agriculture is an industry that cannot possibly show mercy to animals.
By the same token, anyone who supports this industry (when having the
choice not to) is not showing mercy to farmed animals, either.
Therefore, if we truly want to be obedient to God and show mercy to
all creatures, adopting a plant-based diet should be an unavoidable
5. The Last Pig
This piece raises an issue inescapable of slaughtering pigs that
most people are unaware of: the last pig remaining in the pen after
all the other pigs have been slaughtered. The author describes how
pigs deeply enjoy and need other pigs around, and that when they find
themselves alone they go through a state of severe emotional turmoil,
many times injuring themselves.
Please visit What
Humane Slaughterhouses Don't Solve: The Last Pig Problem and have
a tissue ready.
Pigs are incredibly sensitive animals who thrive in
the companion of other pigs and who form lasting relationships. What
we do to them in order to raise them for food is atrocious. We should
all ask ourselves: is the very transient enjoyment of the taste of
their flesh so important that we are willing to pay others to cause
them much pain and misery?
6. This Week’s Video: Dairy Industry
More than 80,000 calves are slaughtered every in the state of
California, the nation’s largest dairy state. In this short
video, Farm Sanctuary investigates the dairy industry.
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