We should not be surprised when God's creatures behave in miraculous ways. After all, their very existence (and ours also) is a miracle.
God's ElephantsWhat a GREAT story!!
No one is insignificant in God's eyes, and His care for sparrows, finches, eagles, and elephants is a constant reminder that He cares for you, and for me. What He makes, He cherishes.
Consider the elephants of the Pavilion Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, where one of the most popular attractions is elephant rides. As many as eight people on one elephant, first into the surrounding forest, then down to the beach, to lunch at a fresh water lagoon, then back to the hotel. "Our nine elephants," writes Pavilion Hotel Group manager Jim France, "are kept chained to in-ground posts, not because they need to be, but because it makes the tourists feel better because their children seem safe from a tromping when they're feeding the beasts."
"About twenty minutes before the first wave of the recent Tsunami hit (12/26/2004), the elephants became extremely agitated and unruly. Four had just returned from a trip and their handler's had not yet chained them. In a desperate panic, the four elephants helped the other five tear free from their chains. They all then climbed a hill and started bellowing. Many people followed them up the hill. Then the waves hit."
"After the waves subsided, the elephants charged down from the hill, and started picking up children with their trunks and running them back up the hill. When all the children were taken care of, they started helping the adults."
"God's elephants" rescued forty-two people that day. Then, they returned to the beach and carried up four dead bodies, including one of a child. Not until the task was done did they allow their handlers to mount them. Then, with handlers atop, they began moving wreckage.
So remember, whatever God makes, He cherishes. Including elephants, sparrows, and you.
God is good!!
God's compassion for his animals is clear in Scripture. For example, one's livestock are to rest on the Sabbath [Exodus 20: 8-11]. And Yeshua taught that it was laudable to rescue an animal that was in danger, even if it meant violating one of the traditional Sabbath laws [Matthew 12:11].
"God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that creeps, so that the water swarmed with all kinds of them, and there was every kind of winged bird; and God saw that it was good." [Genesis 1:21]Scripture reminds us of how important the animal world is to the Creator. Look at the variety of animals there are. The degree of creativity that went into their creation is awesome. Consider the way bees, ants, birds, and more complex creatures function within our ecology, our forests, our oceans, our tundra, mountains and air, and marvel at the incredible creations of Our Master Designer.
We see that every animal is Good and belongs to God: We must ask ourselves who or what we are protecting when we try to justify the murder and torture of God's Creatures. Who or what are we serving when we harvest the skin and bones of innocent creatures for aesthetic appeal? Who or what are we serving when we kill animal parents, so we can steal their children? Who or what are we serving when we pollute, despoil, and destroy their environment while justifying our actions as "progress?" Who or what are we protecting when we do animal testing on small, helpless creatures? There is NO humanity in any kind of torture, so we are certainly NOT protecting human kind. We are definitely not protecting the animals. There is NO animal testing that has ever produced a superior product - PERIOD - EVER. Animal testing is simply a cheap, easy, economically feasible way developed by corporate America to do their clinical trials of whatever chemical they need to test while their carcasses are easily disposed of such as rendering into pet food.
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Let me explain the idea of "commissioning" animal testing. For those of you who take your loving pet to a vet on a regular basis, you are probably not going to like this: There are Biotechnology Research and Development companies that are commissioned on a regular basis to do clinical studies by manufacturers. Most of these R&D companies do animal testing for the aforementioned reasons of ease and economic simplicity. A great deal of these R&D companies are in the pharmaceutical industry because prescription drugs is where the really big money is (mainly the U.S.).
As you can imagine these drug research companies doing animal testing require the necessary "expertise" to study the effects of drugs and other chemical substances, therefore, they must commission veterinarians to do pathologies.
Recently, I received a job offer for the position of Veterinary Pathologist:
Veterinary Pathologist Job Description: -Aid in the design and interpretation of preclinical efficacy and safety studies to include collaboration with key academic and private opinion leaders -Study pathologist performing gross and microscopic analysis in compliance with all applicable regulations (GLP, AWA, USDA, etc) -Write and review accurate, complete, concise reports of assigned preclinical studies. -interpret postmortem summaries based on both gross and microscopic examination of study tissues -contributing to the direction and growth of the department through SOP development, budget awareness and time line efficiency. Requirements -DVM and/or PhD and ACVP board certification or eligibility from an accredited U.S. Vet School -0-3 years industry and/or academic experience in similar or related position -Able to work overtime and weekends -Ability to multitask and work in a highly motivated, team oriented environment -Experience with high level client communication and contact -Excellent written and oral communication skills -Proficient in MS applications -Seeking individuals who are leadership-oriented, extroverted, mentors-oriented, and have strong work ethics -Extensive experience with Good Laboratory 'Practice Guidelines a plus -Subspecialty expertise with cardiovascular and general organ pathology influenced by medical devices is desired Job Title: Veterinary Pathologist Primary Skills: see job description Job Industry: Biotech/Pharmaceutical Vacancies: 1 Job City: Mountain View Job Metro Area: Mountain View Job State: CA Job Country: US Salary: DOE Hours per Week: 40 Start Date: 08/07/2004 Job Duration: 9 - 12 months Degree Type: Ph.D. Degree Area: Veterinary Experience Minimum: 3 Years Certificates/Licenses:There are four biotech companies in Mountain View, CA, but my bets are on Alza Corp. since they are the biggest and most prolific.
What I find particularly disturbing is that the applicant need not be a career pathologist. I have to assume that any Vet interested in this job could only be interested in going where the money is and NOT to protect the health and welfare of little animals.
By the same token, these drug companies that do animal testing must also be offering internships and scholarships to veterinary students who, in turn, may be supporting the use of that biotech company's drugs when they establish their own practice.
What stops that vet from becoming a cold, cruel, life-negative, person during all those months or years of animal test pathologies for some cold, hard cash?
The proof is already in the pudding because most vets recommend yearly vaccinations - NOT because of actual clinical studies or proven science, but because of their own vet economics and fiscal solvency. Health problems for pets have been on the rise because of their over-vaccination policy. These vets defend their actions until empirical data from actual clinical studies (of which they DO have complete knowledge) is presented to their faces. (Is Your Pet being Over-Vaccinated due to Vet Economics?)
These vets who are guided by their greed depend on the servile ignorance of the average person to 'expert' authority. Greed is the number one sin in corporate America, therefore, the veterinary industry is given to sin. The "scientific" opinion of any vet who enjoyed their prolific internship with a biotech company or has any kind of support from any drug company can only be guided by greed. Look what the drug companies have wrought on human kind: Drugs and their Dangerous Effects.
If this is what medical "experts" are willing do to other people, imagine what our veterinary "experts" are willing to do to our pets?
The morals of every veterinary practice should be brought into question. Please ask your vet if he/she has ever done an internship with an animal testing facility. Please also ask if he/she is pushing any kind of products from a manufacturer that does animal testing. Your actions per your vet's response are up to you.
ENVIRONMENTAL HERO: He quits Forest Service in act of conscience
Jim Furnish is a life-long Republican who voted for President Bush. But he resigned after 30 years with the Forest Service to protest the agency's opening of our national forests to unsustainable logging and other quick-cash exploitation at the expense of endangered wildlife. Furnish, who was the agency's deputy chief, said he was powerless to stop the Bush administration's anti-environmental assault. "It was like I was the manager of a professional baseball team," he said. "When the team took the field, the owner made me stay in the clubhouse. In fact, I couldn't even see the game." Furnish has been speaking out against the Bush administration's proposal to gut the National Forest Management Act to allow more logging of our national forests.
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