The Guibord Center’s Strategic Partnership with Animal Defenders International (ADI)
People of faith join with ADI to address animals and their treatment from a spiritual perspective.
At the heart of every faith tradition lies the mandate of compassion: “Love God, and show that love by loving one another.”
Children often learn about relationships by experiencing the way the animals around them are treated. When they see animals treated with kindness and respected, they learn to treat others with kindness and respect. When they witness animals being treated inhumanely or cruelly – as objects for human amusement, entertainment, vanity or profit, instead of as living beings, they learn to treat others with the same disregard.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) is respected throughout the world as a premiere organization that seeks to end the suffering of animals by addressing a remarkably broad spectrum of abuses. These include: the capturing, incarcerating and using of wild animals for entertainment in film, television, advertising, circuses, sport or leisure; the raising, trapping and killing of animals for their body parts for vanity such as for fur, skins or trophy hunting or poaching; the unnecessary testing for cosmetics, medical research and product safety; or for any other activity that abuses or injures wild or domestic animals including in food production. To achieve these goals, ADI uses extensive undercover work, exhaustive research, public education, and wide-reaching strategic campaigns that include changing public policy, helping to craft new laws and co-operating with governmental agencies in engaging in complex rescue operations that re-home these animals.
The Guibord Center is partnering with Animal Defenders International to add the voice of faith leaders to their efforts in helping people to understand that animals are part of God’s Creation and must be treated with compassion and respect. Together we are producing a public service announcement (PSA) that addresses animals from a spiritual and religious perspective.