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A Theology of Animals: The Ethics of Farming Animals - David Clough

Updated: Sep 11

Video from University of Chester

A Theology of Animals

In a previous career I was an Animal Cruelty Officer for about 15 years. In the course of that work I witnessed a wide variety of cruelty, neglect and participated in raids to seize animals and rescue them. I have literally seen it all.

I also managed an animal shelter. I learned in that 15 year period that no matter what people often said or no matter what I did to try and change their way of thinking Animals/pets were disposable. Not everyone shares that view but most of society does.

"...Although Jesus and the New Testament authors say little about animal life, references to animal welfare are not absent in the text. Jesus admired the birds of the air and pointed out that God cares for and protects them (Matt. 6:26; Luke 12:6, 24), and wild animals accompanied Jesus during His temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:13). The real argument demonstrating Jesus’ love and concern for animals, however, is theological. By virtue of the fact that Jesus and the Father (along with the Holy Spirit) are one in essence in the triune Godhead, it would have been impossible for Christ not to love and care for wild and domesticated animals the same as does the Father...." from the article: Is “Animal Rights” a Biblical Concern?

Interesting article: What Each Major Religion Says About Animal Rights

Factory farms are cruel and inhumane. Yet for all of us to get the product we want this seems a necessity. Read The Pig that Sang to the Moon for a good perspective on the subject.

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (Link)

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon


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