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Prayer Circle for Animals Weekly Update from Judy Carman
February 22, 2016

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:


Greetings of love and gratitude from Judy Carman

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has filed a criminal complaint against the University of Toledo, Ohio.  When Edmund Cooke wrote his famous poem, “Rags,” all medical training programs mutilated and killed animals to teach physicians.   Thanks to PCRM and other activists, 86% of U.S. emergency medicine residency programs now use non-animal methods to train doctors.  However, the University of Toledo still harms animals even though they already have alternative, cruelty-free technology with which to teach students.  Although this poem is painful to read, it is a powerful story for us to use to help people awaken.  
“Rags” by Edmund Vance Cooke
We called him “RAGS.”  He was just a cur, but twice on the Western Line,
That little old bunch of faithful fur had offered his life for mine.
And all that he got was bones and bread or the leavings of soldier grub,
But he’d give his heart for a pat on the head or a friendly tickle and rub.
But we mustered out, some to beer and gruel, and some to sherry and shad,
And I went back to the Sawbones school where I was still an undergrad.
One day they took us budding M.D.s to one of those institutes
Where they demonstrate every new disease by means of bisected brutes.
They had one animal tacked and tied and slit like a full-dressed fish,
With his vitals pumping away inside as pleasant as one might wish.
I stopped to look like the rest, of course, and the beast’s eyes leveled mine;
His short tail thumped with a feeble force, and he uttered a tender whine.
It was Rags, yes, Rags! who was martyred there; who was quartered and crucified,
And he whined that whine which is doggish prayer and he licked my hand—and died.
And if there’s no heaven for love like that, for such four-legged fealty-well!
If I have any choice, I tell you flat, I’ll take my chance in hell.
This Week’s Prayer in Honor of all the “Rags” who suffer so horribly in medical schools that are still in the dark ages of animal torture.  We give profound and endless thanks to PCRM and all those who have worked so hard and so effectively to put an end to the abominable use of animals in medical training. We give thanks for all the medical students and physicians who have protested these cruel practices over the centuries and for all those who have developed non-animal methods of training.  The light and the love you have brought to earth lifts the consciousness of humanity.  All of you have taken the oath of “Do No Harm” for what it truly means.  We ask forgiveness for humanity from the millions of animals who have suffered and died in the name of “healing.”  We ask forgiveness from Rags.  And yet we know, as the poet made so clear, there is no need to ask, because these precious beings love us unconditionally. It is love like that that can change humanity if only enough hearts will open and enough people will look into their eyes and see the Divine looking back at us.  This week we especially hold a clear and bold intention and prayer as we see the University of Toledo Medical Center.closing the doors of their animal torture chambers forever, finding loving homes for all the animals, and joining the growing movement of compassion.  We see liberation for all UTMC animals happening very soon.  May Rags’ message of Pure Love never be forgotten.

As always, with tears of gratitude, I send my thanks to each of you, dear Prayer Circle members, for joining this circle of compassion and shining the Light of Truth for all to see, so that one day soon, all beings will live in peace together.

May compassion and love reign over all the earth for all beings everywhere. 
Thank you all for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy Carman, and greetings from Will, Madeleine, Tara 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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