Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Thou Shall Not Kill (Animals?)

The tactics that animals rights junkies love to use. 

Last week I had an interesting meeting with a gentleman by the name of Kevin Murphy, of Food Chain Communications. He has started a website called www.truthinfood.com to help address some of the ideas that animal activists are using to convince the public that animal agriculture is wrong. 

In his first article he discusses how many groups, including PETA, are using biblical references to convince you that eating meat is inhumane. Below are just a few of the examples that he includes:

  • In 2004, when Mel Gibson released The Passion of the Christ, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protested outside his cattle ranch in Montana with signs that read, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Honor All of God’s Creations.” The group argued that farm animals were the original innocents, worthy of merciful pardon from our plate. PETA’s vegan campaign director was quoted at the time saying, “Anyone who sends cows to slaughter mocks God.”
  • The Vegan Wolf, an Internet vegan blogger writes, "The Bible says, 1Thou Shalt Not Kill.’ It doesn’t say, ‘It’s OK to kill animals and Iranians.’ It says, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill.'
  • Gene Baur, founder of the no-kill livestock shelter he calls Farm Sanctuary and author of Farm Sanctuary; Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, stresses that animals are “individuals,” and that compassion for them is the great moral calling of our time.
Now although one of the Ten Commandments says Thou Shall Not Kill I am pretty sure God was referring to each other, not a farmer killing steers. Below is part of Murphy's rebuttal.

"In Deuteronomy (meaning a second law), we have Moses' discourse to the chosen people before they enter The Promised Land. The commandments are repeated in chapter 5, thus we again hear the command, Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Following just a few chapters further in Moses same discourse we read:

However, in any of your communities you may slaughter and eat to your hearts desire as much meat as the Lord, your God, has blessed you with...(12:15)

After the Lord your God has enlarged your territory, as he promised you, when you wish meat for food, you may eat it at will, to your hearts desire... (12:20)"

The rest article is a little long, but makes some other really great points. I think this might be a good website to watch. Murphy and I talked about some of his up coming editorials and I think they are going to be worthwhile reads.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Crystal. Looking forward to keeping up with this web site.


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