Religion and consideration of animals

In an email to the Humane Society International mailing list Reverend Andrew Linzey wrote:

May 2001

Dear All

Delighted to see the interest in raising consciousness about animal protection within the churches.

For your information, there are two websites:

For Catholics:

Catholic- Animals

For Anglicans/Episcopalians:

Anglicans - Animals

Incidentally, I am a theologian who holds the world's first post in Theology and Animals at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

My books include: Animal Theology (SCM Press, UK; University of Illinois Press, US) Animal Gospel (Hodder and Stoughton, UK; Westminster/John Knox Press, US) Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care (SCM Press, UK; Pilgrim Press - to be published in the Fall in the US).

I am happy to answer specific queries or give advice. Generally, the position is that all churches are insensitive to animals and their theology is in need of refreshment!

I am always impressed to hear of other people's fine work in the front line against cruelty.

I congratulate you all on your work and wish you well.

Andrew Linzey
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey
Senior Research Fellow in Theology and Animal
Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford


Selected Prayers for the animals.

Other links on the topic of religion and animals

Christian Vegetarian Association

Judaism and animals

Religion and animal rights

Islam veg

International Vegetarian Union (discusses religious aspects)
All Creatures Org
Jesus Was A Vegetarian (PETA site)
The Humane Gospel of Jesus (The Unaltered True New Testament)                                                                                                                     
Hare Krishna Vegetarianism Page
Osho Magazine for meditators/philosophy
The Ahimsa Page
Jainism Directory
International Vegetarian Union's religious article index
Buddhism pages
Buddhist Resources on Vegetarianism and Animal Welfare
Chinese Buddhist Children's Stories
A Buddhist Perspective on Animal Rights
Dr Ron Epstein's home page
The story of Mozart the cockatoo who wouldn't eat meat
Jain Philosophy: Ahimsa
Long Essay and quotes on Ahimsa (from Hinduism Today)

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