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Prayer Circle for Animals Weekly Update
March 31, 2014

Our prayers for all animals continue to circle the earth, to uplift humanity's consciousness, and to bless the animals themselves. Thank you for joining people around the world who are praying this prayer in many different languages but all with the same love:


Cesar Chavez’s birthday is today—a day of gratitude for all people and all animals
Cesar, of course, is best known for founding the United Farm Workers and leading laborers to stand up for their rights through non-violent means. He was strongly influenced by St. Francis and Gandhi and dedicated his life to economic and social justice, civil rights, and peace.  His legacy continues to inspire people all over the world.
He understood that animal rights are human rights.  They cannot be separated.
But his activism did not end with human beings.  He saw what we see, that animal rights and human rights are intimately interconnected.  One cannot be achieved without the other.  He was a vegetarian for the last 25 years of his life and for many of those years he eliminated dairy and eggs as well.  He did not hold back about his passion for non-violence toward animals. He spoke often to his followers about the importance of compassion for all life, because “that is the basis for peace.
In Defense of Animals gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award
In 1992, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by In Defense of Animals.  In his acceptance speech Chávez proclaimed, “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. And that’s the basis for peace. The basis for peace is respecting all creatures. . . . We cannot hope to have peace until we respect everyone; respect ourselves and respect animals and all living things. . . . We know we cannot defend and be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them: exploiting them in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.”
A Prayer for the week
We give thanks for Cesar Chavez and the many courageous people who have laid the foundation for today’s animal liberation movement and shown the world that humanity’s longing for peace will only be fulfilled when we stop violence toward all life.  Their passion and vision fills us with strength and hope for this work.  Divine Love lives in every heart, and because of that, we know that one day all beings will be free and happy and at peace. And so it is.

With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.

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May this music of liberation and respect for all life bring us closer than
we’ve ever been to a world of peace for all beings everywhere.
Please visit the website www.circleofcompassion.org often to see updates and special prayers, and also to join in our "A prayer a day for animals" which features a prayer for a different group of animals each day of the week. It is also a place to send ideas or prayer requests.

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