"We advocate a diet consistent with Christian
principles, believing that love and compassion should inspire all of us to
protect and nurture our bodies, fellow beings, and the rest of Creation. We
recognize that most people are unaware that contemporary animal agriculture
systems cause great pain and suffering to innocent creatures, and most people
don't know about the effects of animal agriculture on the environment and world
food supplies and even their own health. The CVA witnesses to Christ's message
as ethical vegetarians, and most of us find the diet tasty, nourishing, and
spiritually liberating. It is tempting to allow human greed and self-deception
to obscure our calling, but if we are honest with ourselves, we may all witness
to the Kingdom of God "on Earth as it is in Heaven."
"The realities related to the production and consumption of meat are in sharp contrast to strong Jewish mandates to take care of our health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, help hungry people, and seek and pursue peace. While my articles are written from a Jewish perspective, they can be adapted to other religious perspectives, and I urge readers to consider writing related articles from their own perspectives. Since organized religions are generally not paying sufficient attention to vegetarianism and vegetarianism-related issues, I urge readers to forward these articles to religious leaders with a plea that they address the issues discussed."
Animal rights activist and scholar Robert Tappan examines traditions in the three major monotheistic religions and explains why the animal rights movement must continue to address religious concerns with regard to the ethical treatment of animals.
"We are dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics. Unconditional love and compassion is the foundation of our peaceful means of accomplishing this goal for all God's creatures, whether human or otherwise."
Mr. Vasu Murti examines the theological arguments for compassion toward animals within the western religious traditions, with a special focus on vegetarianism. The book has earned accolades from religious scholars and lay persons alike. The entire text is availbe through the link below, but for a print copy, send $20 to Mr. Vasu Murti, 30 Villanova Lane, Oakland, CA 94611."
Hallelujah Acres advocates vegetarianism from a health perspective and offers books, a newsletter, e-mail updates, testimonials, and a host of other information on "God's original diet" (as opposed to the "standard American diet.") Reverend George Malkmus, author of God's Way to Ultimate Health, has been heard and seen across the country, including an appearance on Pat Robertson's The 700 Club.
"Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that means 'nonviolence in thought, word, and action.' Ahimsa involves an active and dynamic compassion for all life, a compassion that is inherent in all religions." The Ahimsa homepage offers links to a variety of Web resources from a variety of faiths--including Jewish, Moslem, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, and more.
HUMANE RELIGION is a bi-monthly publication printed under the auspices of Viatoris Ministries. We are committed to providing scriptural support and encouragement to those who have been called to be part of the spiritual evolution that is manifesting itself among those who understand that love and compassion must be the hallmark of our relationship with all God's creatures.
Hinduism preaches vegetarianism as a way to live inflicting minimal violence on other beings, which suggests that the consumption of meat, fish, fowl or eggs supports acts of cruelty and violence. Vegetarianism has been a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout India for thousands of years.
Reviving the ancient tradition of abstaining from meat during Lent, Veg4Lent.org advocates a vegetarian Lent as a step toward a new Christian commitment to a peaceful diet.
In the Canonical Gospels, 18 years of Jesus' teachings, from ages 12 to 30, are missing. The "Gospel of the Holy Twelve" reveals these Humane Teachings in their entirety. The site offers the entire Gospel of the Holy Twelve, and argues that the present Gospels were edited to remove vegetarian teaching. Worthy of perusal.
APE-Connections highlights the connections and interdependencies among animals, people, and the Earth. This site urges respect for all beings through a widening of the circle of compassion to include all animals.
"The Essene Church of Jesus Christ operates a string of congregations. Brother Nazariah is currently planting congregations of our church all over the world. The church operates many activities, including a home-study Essene ministerial training program, an Essene mystery school, and an international Essene gathering. The church publishes many Essene books and literature (excerpts of which are on this site). Plans are now being made for an Essene cooperative community which will be our international headquarters."
The Essene Cooperative has documentary evidence that Jesus was a practicing Essene, a vegetarian sect of Judaism.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA's) award-winning Web site will provide you with a wealth of information about the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and human entertainment, as well as ways for you to get involved in taking action to save animals.
Animal rights is the abolitionist movement for the next century. Many people of various faiths have realized that in the words of Alice Walker, "The animals of this world ... were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." For essays, action alerts, news releases, and links to every animal rights organization on the Web, visit AnimalConcerns.org.
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