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Resources for Animals, Faith and Compassion

About the artwork:
“Guru Nanak and the Animals”
by SiriKartar K. Khalsa
“Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, taught that we should offer compassion to all including animals. All living beings must be protected and respected as a part of God’s creation. A guiding principle for Sikhs is guardianship. We have the duty to look after the created world and protect it.
“Guru Nanak is pictured here engaging and inspiring us to be still in our own essence and beauty. Many creatures gather around him attracted by the Guru’s grace and great love for all of God’s creations.
“The first word He uttered, sharing His teaching, is EK ONG KAR: there is only One Creator and He is one with the Creation.
“We are One.”

Websites

Pan Orthodox Concern for Animals

http://panorthodoxconcernforanimals.org/

Our Mission is the advancement of Christian respect and responsibility for the animal creation with special reference to Eastern Orthodox teachings – ancient and modern, in order to reduce the suffering of animals. Our aim is to promote Christ’s loving compassionate care for all of His creatures and to advance the Patristic teachings that we as Image are to replicate Christ’s love and compassion for all of His created beings. We also aim to inform our readers that this subject has been discussed both in the Bible and by the early Church Fathers. It will also disseminate news/articles/interviews on compassionate care and relationships with animals from across the Orthodox world, together with articles and research on a wide range of contemporary animal issues.

Books

Embracing Nature: Ecology from a Buddhist Perspective

Venerable Master Hsing Yun

There has been a consistent connection between Buddhism and the environment since ancient times. Harmony with plants and animals has always played an important role in the stories that transmitted Buddhism across the world. In the past, other authors have treated this role lightly, a bit part in a play. Master Hsing Yun assembled a collection of these stories for you in this volume and his revelation is that nature is the star of the show. There is serious urgency to his message, in our world today we have to start appreciating plants and animals or our planet will be ruined.

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Spirit Unleashed: Reimagining Human-Animal Relations

Anne Benvenuti

In Spirit Unleashed, Anne Benvenuti uses analysis of real encounters with wild animals to take us on an intellectual tour of our thinking about animals by way of biological sciences, scientific psychology, philosophy, and theology to show that we have been wrong in our understanding of ourselves amongst other animals. The good news is that we can correct our course and make ourselves happier in the process. Drawing us into encounters with a desert rattlesnake, an offended bonobo, an injured fawn, a curious whale, a determined woodpecker, and others, she gives us a glimpse of their souls. Benvenuti strongly makes the case that to change the way we think about animals-and our way of relating to them-holds the possibility of changing all life on Earth for the better.

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A Communion of Subjects – Animals in Religion, Science and Ethics.

Paul Waldau & Kimberley Patton, editors.

A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans’ relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live.

Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize “others,” whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings. 

Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of “Religion and Animals” has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.

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