Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters
On Religion & Animals
1898-1972 The Philosophy of Compassion
Mithras We have only to imagine Jesus of Nazareth slaughtering a bull or a fellow creature to understand the immense, impassable gulf existing between Mithraism and true Christianity, and the folly and peril of ignoring that guilt and trying to reconcile the irreconcilable.
Francis of Assisi,
1181-1226 quoted in Life by St. Bonaventura
Cardinal John Henry Newman, 1801-1890 Cruelty to animals is as if humans did not love God…there is something so dreadful, so Satanic, in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.”
The Holy Bible Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts ... yea, they have all one breath, so that man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them ... They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
from an interview
Rt. Rev. John Chanler White, D.D. (Late Episcopal Bishop of Springfield,
Ecclesiastes 3:10 'For that which befalleth the sons of men, befalleth the beasts, even one thing befalleth them: As the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath, so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast.'
The Holy Bible (Isaiah 66:3) 'He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.'
Fo-Pen-Hing-Tsihking The practice of religion involves as a first principle, a loving compassionate heart for all creatures.
The Age of Reason
The Vegetarian Way
The Koran, 6th and 7th century There is no beast on earth, nor fowl that flieth, but the same are a people like unto you, and to God they shall return.
Pedro di Lorenzo 'Torturing animals in any form in the name of Christ, the Virgin and the Saints, in these pagan practices, it simply means to step on and spit at, the work of God.'
Vatican City: 'Pope John Paul said that 'the future of humanity and planet earth are in danger because of a lack of respect for animals and the environment. It is necessary and urgent that following the example of the poor man [St. Francis] one decides to abandon inconsiderate forms of domination, capture and custody with respect to all creatures.'' (Associated Press)
Anna Sewell, 1820-1878 Black Beauty There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to other animals as well as humans, it is all a sham.
Walt Whitman, 1819-1892 I swear that I think now that every living thing without exception has an eternal soul. I swear that I think there is nothing but immortality.
Vern Dollase A man’s religion is a failure if it has not taught him kindness.]
Parkes Cadman (1864-1936) 'We have abolished human bondage because it cursed those who imposed it. It is now our bounden duty to oppose cruelty to those creatures of our common Father which share with man the mystery of life.' (The Clergy Speak for Animals)
1838-1914 The Story of My Boyhood
Pierre Lori I have seen with an infinite sad disquietude the souls of animals appear in the depths of their eyes suddenly, as sad as a human soul; and search for my soul with tenderness, supplication and terror—and I have felt a deeper pity for the souls of animals than I have for those of my brothers, because they were without speech and incapable of coming forth from their semi-night.
Charles Darwin, 1809-1882 It is an intolerable thought that these creatures, with all their capacity for devotion, affection, loyalty, and suffering should suffer total annihilation at death.
Eugene Bertram Willard Yes, we who love God believe that our animals survive the grave. The poor and sorrowing and suffering victims of man’s cruelties are entitled to an eternal recompense in the Great Beyond. And god in His mercy will see to it that they get justice at long last!
Thomas A. Kempis, 1379-1471 The Imitation of Christ And if thy heart be straight with God, then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine, for there is no creature so little or so vile, but that sheweth and representeth the goodness of God.
Brother John 'Recorded history shows the relationship between human and animal has been very one-sided! Man's exploitation/treatment of animals stands out as one of the darkest stains on his reputation. Is the purpose of life for the indulgence of selfish desires? Or a medium for soul growth? If we behave brutally or selfishly, then we are brutes and selfish. No religious label or outward facade alters this truth. Can we believe in and preach life after death, and yet be party to murdering millions of innocent animals via the blood-drenched abattoir, vivisection, fur trade, 'games', entertainment, 'sports'???'
Lewis Abbott There is more real religion in the man or woman who feeds a hungry animal than in the miser who builds a church and prays in it. *******
'Animals live by ethics! Albert Schweitzer on "Altruism"
(1) A flock of wild geese had settled to rest on a pond. One of the flock is captured by a gardener who had clipped its wings. When the geese started to resume their flight, this one tried frantically, but vainly, to lift itself into the air. The others, observing its struggles, flew about in obvious efforts to encourage it, but no use. The entire flock then settled back on the pond and waited, even though the urge to go on was strong, for several days, until the damaged feathers grew sufficiently to permit the goose to fly.
(2) A friend who owned a small cafe and used to throw crumbs for the sparrows, noticed that one was injured and had difficulty getting about. But he was interested to discover that the other sparrows would leave the crumbs which lay nearest their crippled comrade so that he could get his share, undisturbed.'
'When so much mistreatment of animals continues, when the cries of thirsty beasts from our railway cars die out unheard, when so much brutality prevails in our slaughterhouses, when animals meet a painful death in our kitchens, when animals suffer incredibly from merciless men and are turned over to the cruel play of children, WE ALL BEAR THE GUILT FOR IT. We are afraid of shocking people if we let it be noticed how much we are moved by the suffering man brings to animals. We think that others may have become more 'rational' than we, and may accept as customary and as a matter of course the things we have gotten excited about. Once in a while, however, a word suddenly slips out which shows that even they have not yet become reconciled to this suffering. Now they come very close to us though they were formerly strangers. The masks with which we were deceiving each other fall off. Now we learn from each other that no one is able to escape the grip of the cruelty that flourishes ceaselessly around us.'
Justice for animals is the social movement of our times and we must all participate to make it a reality. It’s long overdue. Carmina Gooch