Please Don’t Look the Other Way
I know it’s not pleasant information, But as kingdom people whose first mandate is to rule the animal kingdom the way God rules us – with loving care – we have a responsibility to not look the other way when it comes to the ramifications our food choices have for the creatures God has entrusted to our care. In light of this, I encourage you to read this review of a recent book (Every Twelve Seconds by Timothy Pachirat) that addresses the treatment of animals in industrial farms, as well as the psychological toll on the workers. And please, don’t look the other way.
From the article:
If our ancestors had had—as we now do—full awareness of animals’ sentience, and the wherewithal to live without red meat, and the knowledge that red meat is harmful in even the smallest quantities, would they have gone on eating it? We will never know the answer. What is certain is that long traditions of stigmatizing the slaughtering class started fading only after the factory farm made slaughter invisible, inaudible, and unsmellable to everyone outside that class. Of course, everyone has a pretty good idea what goes on, so that parents whose child wanted to be a cow-killer when he grew up (as opposed to, say, a soldier) would probably get him psychological counseling, but the bulk of mankind now has the luxury of forgetting how meat is made.
Kurt Willems over at The Pangea Blog shared this video on a blessing ceremony for animals. It’s a reminder that our first commission from God was to care for the animals and the Earth. Be a blessing to everyone and every creature you encounter. Enjoy!
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