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
Email Andrewlinzey@aol.com
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey
Senior Research Fellow in Theology and Animal
Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

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Selected Prayers for the animals.

Other links on the topic of religion and animals
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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)
Biospirituality


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