Animals and Abrahamic Religions

I often refer religious folks to documentary A Sacred Duty and I’ll now remember these quotes by Marguerite Yourcenar and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Original quotes (I translated these from) by Yourcenar will be in the next post.

“I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu – The Global Guide to Animal Protection

There were all the elements of an animal folklore, almost as rich as that of Buddhism, in Christianity but dogmatism and the prioritising of human selfishness took over. It seems that a movement allegedly rationalist and secular, humanism, in the recent and abusive sense of the word, which pretends to be concerned only about human realisations inherited from this watered-down christianity from which knowledge and love for other beings have been removed.

What, to me, seems to matter is to have the concept of life enclosed in a different form. It is an immense gain if we can realise that life exists not only in the form we experience, that one can have wings instead of arms, optically more sophisticated eyes, gills instead of lungs. Then there is the mystery of migrations and communication between animals, the genius of certain species […] Then there is always, I think, the moving fact that an animal possesses nothing but their life that, too often, we snatch from them.

Marguerite Yourcenar

There’s a number of specifically vegan muslim communities on facebook in English, Arabic or both. Otherwise see this section of the IVU website among others and this blog which speaks of veg*nism. Easter 2014 edit: see this discussion on Christ and Buddha at Sistah Vegan. I’m reminded of Yourcenar’s quote but I’m not familiar with the religions or texts.

Note: I have linked the blog for those who may be interested but can’t see the above documentary.

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