How humans see and treat animals is learned from others: our parents, our peers, and our faith traditions.

ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion., a film project created for our strategic partner Animal Defenders International, brings the voice of faith to the conversation on animals.

How Different Faiths See Animals

Animals are part of God’s Creation. What is our role and responsibility in the lives of animals? What is their place in our lives?
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, a great Hindu saint, is pictured here in the forest of Jarikand. There, his chanting so inspired the animals that they came out in the open to chant and dance with him. The painting is high on the walls of the Temple of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in Culver City, California.

Kindred Spirits

A conversation with author Anne Benvenuti

ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion.

“A viewer of this film is likely to come away with a renewed appreciation
for all of God’s creatures and a new understanding of our relationship to them.”

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary,
National Council of Churches USA

Partnership with Animal Defenders International

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is respected throughout the world
as a premier organization that seeks to end animal suffering by addressing a remarkably broad spectrum of abuses.