As I’ve mentioned before, I now only write posts when I actually have something to say. In the past I was forcing the posts just to be sure to have something out there on a regular basis because that’s what I thought I had to do. But when I was doing that blogging was no longer fun, it was work. Something I’ve been thinking a lot about and wrestling with for so long is what society sees as “normal” treatment of animals. This is also a part of why I stopped writing posts. Sometimes there are so many thoughts swirling around, so many questions, so much hurt that it becomes hard to put it in words. But I am once again attempting to put them in words.
I understand going along with what seems “normal” I also have done this. It is only when I took the time to read, research, look in an animals’ eyes, and empathize (put myself in their shoes) that I was able to allow myself to see the truth.
I made the following graphic with these thoughts I’ve been having in mind.
I wrestle with the idea of killing animals even for food or clothing, and I admit I am unsure of what God thinks about that. But there are two things I believe…
- In Genesis we learn about the fall of Adam & Eve and how this changed everything! So now here we are, hurting animals (and one another). (But was it God’s plan and is it ok? No.)
- IF God was ok with the killing of animals it would only be for food and maybe clothing. BUT not torturing, not neglecting, not keeping them from their natural environment, and not treating them as an object.
Take a look around or do some research. What we think of as farm animals are now factory animals. Many kept from nature itself, the light of the sun, and socialization with other animals. Kept in small areas, overcrowded, injected with hormones, and often beaten, and treated cruelly. Some of the factory workers actually enjoying harming/killing them. Do you think this is God’s plan for his creation?
Do you know what veal is? If not, I’ll explain. Veal is baby calves that lived their short existence being torn away from their mother and kept in an area so small so that they can’t run, walk, or move around much at all. Why? So they don’t build any muscle. No muscle makes for a very tender piece of meat. Do you think this is God’s plan for his creation?
These factory farms and treatment of the animals is cleverly hidden from most of us because the fear for them is that if we knew then we might care or speak up. It is only when we open our eyes, do the research, look in an animals’ eyes, and empathize that we will see this reality.
These are just a few examples of where we are in our society with so called farm animals. There is a big difference between raising animals for food by letting them live out their days in nature as intended, able to run, play, feel the sun, socialize with other animals, and cared for and free from abuse, neglect, and cruelty (as it used to be) vs. where we are today. There is no doubt in my mind that what we’re doing now is not what God had in mind for his creation.
This is just talk about farm animals but abuse neglect, and cruelty happens to all animals. The difference today is that at least we have laws against harming “pets.” Although I am very glad about this, I can’t help but ask why we don’t see other animals as also deserving of this protection. A cow, pig, and chicken bleed and feel pain & fear the exact same as a cat, dog, and rabbit do.
I created the following graphic with this in mind.
I just don’t get it and I will not ever see any of this as “normal.”
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
Edward Everett Hale
Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.
The righteous care for the needs of his animals.