How Different Faiths See Animals and Our Relationship with Them

Our Relationship with Animals

No matter how humans choose to treat them, the fact remains that animals are living, breathing, sentient beings. They feel. They think. They hurt. They love. The more we learn about them, the more we discover just how deep and complex their bonds are with their families and those with whom they live and interact.

Much of the justification for how humans see and treat animals comes from what our faiths teach us. What is our role in the lives of animals? What’s their place in our lives? You may be surprised to learn what different faith leaders and scriptures actually have to say about animals.

Respect for all living things

Right relationship with all of creation

Karma: do unto others

Sacred Balance – Live in Harmony

Treat animals with mercy, respect, and kindness.

Ahimsa – Nonviolence

All life is Sacred

The Sacredness of all Life

All God’s creatures have a spark of God in them

Pray for everyone, including all the animals