Marrying religion with animal welfare should be natural, yet so many people of faith harm animals, due to vested interests. We know that Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed would never want factory farms, animal testing, animals captive in zoos and circuses or abuse of any kind. Yet ‘religions’ seems to perpetuate an agenda of shooting, vivisection, trophy hunting, putting the economy above animal welfare, not acting over factory farms or climate change and destroying wildlife to build HS2.
Lead by example: live a simple compassionate life the best you can. Government can only lead a public that is willing to follow. Those in power are only acting on climate change and palm oil, due to the will of the public. Find out more at Sentient Media and Compassion in World Farming.
- Catholic Concern for Animals is run by and for Catholics, it does wonderful work and has its own Ark magazine. St Francis of Assisi is patron saint of animal welfare, ecology and simple living.
- The Lost Religion of Jesus is a book by scholar Keith Akers, who proves that Jesus was a kind, simple and peaceful man, who would be horrified how todays ‘Christians’ ignore animal welfare.
- Many Buddhists and Hindus are vegetarian, due to believe in Karma and ‘ahimsa’ (do no harm). Read The Great Compassion and books by David Michie (he says to keep pet bowls and beds around 49 days after a pet dies, so animals peacefully move to the next life).
- Israel has the highest ratio of vegans on earth. Read cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Mayim Bialik. Although Jews can’t mix milk and meat, you can be vegan: find nice recipes in Oy Veg Vegan and Tahini & Turmeric (Lebanese-Syrian Jewish sisters).
- Muslims also can be vegan (the faith also does not allow killing of animals for hunts, entertainment or fur). Find info for Ramadan at One Arab Vegan and in Vegan Recipes From The Middle East.
And God said Behold: I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed. To you it shall be for food. Genesis 1: 29
A Christian preacher is about to be eaten by a bear. He prays to God ‘Please God, turn this bear into a good Christian’. To his amazement, the bear puts his giant paws together in prayer. He then begins to recite ‘Dear Lord, thank you for the meal I am about to receive …’ The Dominion of Love