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bear Bears
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cats Cats
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deer Deer
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dolphin Dolphin
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horse Equine (Horses, Ponies, etc.)
fish Fish
fox Fox
mice Mice and Rats
monkey Monkeys and Other Primates
orca Orca
pics Pigs
rabbit Rabbits
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seals Seals
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turkey Turkeys
whales Whales

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AgendaAgenda for a New America - "The Politics of Vegetarianism"
All CreaturesAll Creatures Do go to Heaven - Hosted Web Site
AlternativesAlternatives to Animal Testing - Article Series
AnimaationsAnimal Animations
Animal ExploitationAnimal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Animal DefendersAnimal Defenders of Westchester - Hosted Web Site
Animal GospelAnimal Gospel - Hosted Web Site
AnimalkindAnimalkind - Hosted Web Site
animal PadreAnimal Padre - Hosted Web Site
Animal Rights OnlineAnimal Rights Online - Hosted Web Site
Animal RightsAnimal Rights
Animal Rights Activism
Animal Rights Articles
Animal Rights Poetry
Animals In Print - Hosted Web Site
Animals in the Wild - Hosted Web Site
Animal Stories
Animals: Tradition - Philosophy - Religion - Article Series
Animal Welfare Organizationsthat Provide Rescue and Placement Services
Bear Kinship - Hosted Web Site
BearsBears - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
BisonBison (American Buffalo) - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Book and Video Review Guide
CampaignsCampaigns - To End Cruelty to Animals
CatsCats - Animal Exploitation Photo Gallery
CattleCattle - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
ChickenChicken - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Christian Bow Hunters
Christ Loves Creatures, too! - Hosted Web Site
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting - Hosted Web Site
Companion Animal CareCompanion Animal Care - Article Series
Creatured Connection - Hosted Web Site
DeerDeer - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Dear ControlDeer Population Control (Non-Lethal) - Article Series
Pet FoodDog and Cat Food
DogsDogs - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
DolphinDolphin - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
DucksDucks and Geese - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Egg Production
ElephantsElephants - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
ElkElk - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
HorseEquine (Horses, Ponies, etc.) - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness - Discussion
FishFish - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Foie Gras - Duck and Goose Liver Pate
Food Hazards in Animal Flesh and By-products - Article Series
FoxFox - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
God's Creatures Ministry - Hosted Web Site
God's Little Folk - Photo Journal Series
God's Other Creatures - Photo Journal Series
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) - Hosted Web Site
Help Animals (Japan) - Hosted Web Site
Humane Religion - Hosted Web Site
Humorous Animal Photos - Photo series
Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing - Links
Meat Free Zone - Hosted Web Site
miceMice and Rats - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
MonkeysMonkeys and Other Primates - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Mourning the Death of a Loved One Is the Same for Both Humans and Other Animals
OrcaOrca - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Our Neighbors: The Foxes - Photo Journal
PigsPigs - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
RabbitsRabbits - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Raccoon DogsRaccoon Dogs - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
sealsSeals - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
sheepSheep and Lambs - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Shooting Ourselves in the Foot (some articles)
Deer SanctuarySierra Malichi: Living in Peace with Deer - Hosted Web Site
Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)
Stop Cruelty in ChurchesStop Cruelty in Churches - Campaign
Stop Fireworks - Hosted Web Site
Stop Horse RacingStop Horse Racing - Campaign
Stop HuntingStop Hunting - Campaign
Stop Puppy MillsStop Puppy Mills - Campaign
Stop Wearing FurStop Wearing Fur - Campaign
The Heifer Project - Article Series
TurkeysTurkeys - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER CIRCLE FOR ANIMALS
Veal Production
Video Library
WhalesWhales - Animal Exploitation Photo Journal and Gallery
Wings of Mercy - Hosted Web Site
World Laboratory Animal LiberationWeek - Hosted Web Site

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Adventist Prophetess Speaks Out on Veganism
Animals in the Afterlife - Commentary
Bible - Arguing Over Passages - A Word of Wisdom
Christian Witness - Comments and Discussions
Comments and Discussions - Questions and Answers
Cult – A Cult Excludes the Blood
Cult – A Cult Includes the Blood
Cult – Christianity Seen as a Cult

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Adventist Prophetess Speaks Out on Veganism (submitted by Scott Hembree 4 Feb 1998

Testimonies for the Church volume 7 pp. 135

The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded.  There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk.   They have little fruit and cannot afford to purchase the nut foods.  In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet.
7T.135.001

Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth.

As you can see she said "soon" over a hundred years ago!  This should firmly establish that veganism was clearly the eventual goal for adventism which really should be being practiced right now by any concientious adventist.

Animals in the Afterlife

Comment:  For several years I have been trying to discern the extent to which my eschatological views have been influenced by scripture or by culture and teaching. I've looked in the Old Testament to see how Israel viewed the importance of this temporal life on earth and in the New Testament to see how Christ did, especially in his teachings of "The Kingdom" (e.g., "at hand", "within"). I have come to think this life on earth for all living creatures is extremely important to God. Although I don't understand why, the few minutes of existence that some insects have is part of God's plan to bringing glory to Himself. I believe for the animal kingdom, the here and now is all there is. However, "the here and now" is sufficient and part of God's mysterious plan. There is no after life. Which has important implications for us. We have no evangelism responsibilities for animals, but we do have responsibilities for the preservation of their temporal environment. (However, I could have sworn I caught my dog praying the other day that there would be no tics in heaven.) (Submitted on 15 Jan 98 by Ed Harris elh@okway.okstate.edu)

Comment:  Recently Wesley's sermon, "On the Great Deliverance" has been cited as an example a great church leader who embraced the idea that animals might share a part in the afterlife. What has not been noted is that Wesley very clearly in this sermon said that he was speculating, and that he was not stating indisputable fact. Among his speculations was the thought that perhaps the only thing which separates humans from animals, "the capacity for God", which Wesley says is the image of God, might also be enjoyed by animals in the
afterlife. While Wesley is admittedly speculating about these matters, anyone who has read very far in Wesley knows that he is not given to groundless or wild speculations about matters of faith, and when he does speculate, it is not without some verification from Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. I also understand that the Methodist Theologian William Willimon wrote a piece several years ago on the topic for Christian Century entitled "My Dog the Methodist."

In a message dated 98-01-13 10:16:21 EST, Mike Nacrelli wrote:

"Regarding Dean Ohlman's claim that there is no reason not to believe that every individual animal will be resurrected on judgement day, let me offer a few:"


I don't believe the issue which John Wesley or Dean Ohlman address (the latter can speak for himself) is connected with the judgment day, but whether or not there will be animals in the new creation. Have I understood the original discussion here? Anyway, there will be a lot things in the new creation (a new heaven and a new earth, and whatever they contain), that will not undergo either a resurrection or a judgment.

(Again from Mike) "1. This is nowhere taught in Scripture."

There are depictions of the eschatological age which include animals, Isa 11 comes to mind. If you are still thinking resurrection and judgment, I don't think scripture speaks specifically to this issue. You will find, however, that Judgment is reserved to separate *out of God's kingdom the perpetrators of injustice against creation (broadly conceived). These perpetrators of injustice are usually humans, and not goldfinches, rainbow trout, and bighorn sheep. If there are animals in the new creation, it could be by resurrection, but I doubt that judgment comes to play.

(Again from Mike) "2. The resurrection of humans is inexorably tied to our judgement, and the idea of animals facing  judgement seems plainly silly on its face.

3. If each animal possessed an immortal soul, I would think killing them would be prohibited as it is to kill other humans."

You would be hard pressed to find the term "Immortal soul" in scripture, but the term is thrown around quite a bit in both Christendom and this list serv. The scripture does not speak of the afterlife in terms of an immortal soul, but in terms of a bodily resurrection, as you mention in #2 above. Be that as it may, as it has been pointed out elsewhere in this group, the Hebrew term nepesh, "life" (literally "throat," then by extension "breath, life", often mistranslated as "soul"), is used to describe the "life principle" that both animals and humans share (it is viewed as being in the blood). In the biblical narrative, God first gave permission to kill animals for food after the flood. Even then, killing an animal is not to be done lightly, to shed its blood is to pour out the the sacred nephish, and so the blood is to be poured on the ground, sacrificially, as an act of reverence (see Gen 9:4, often in Leviticus), to fail to do this is an act violence which results in the people being cut off from the community of God (and God himself).  Some scholars go so far as to say that the priestly legislation in the Pentateuch considered it murder to senselessly or irreverently
kill an animal--or to not treat each slaying of an animal as if it were a sacrifice.

(Also from Mike) "4. I imagine that the number of animals (not counting insects!) that have passed on in the last 4 billion+ years is several orders of magnitude in excess of the number of humans. In other words, the New Earth spoken of in Revelation would be quite crowded if every animal that has ever died is raised to life in the coming kingdom.

Wesley was aware of the great number of species, and explicitly mentioned insects as an example in his sermon. He speculated that perhaps only a representative sample would be included in the coming age.

BTW: up until very recently I would laugh at the very notion that animals could "go to heaven." But as I began to think more seriously about what scripture says about care for the earth, and all of creation longing for redemption, what is so "unbiblical" about the idea?
(Submitted on 15 Jan 1998 by (Mr.) Laurie J. Braaten, Ph.D.Assoc. Professor of Old Testament Eastern Nazarene CollegeLJBraaten@aol.com

Commentary: The literal translation of 'nepesh' is as Laurie Braaten states, but the meaning, in my opinion, is much deeper.  The Biblical Hebrew description of the "life-form" of both human and non-human animals is "neh-fesh khah-yawh".  Both words mean life, but when put together the only reasonable translation appears to be "living soul".  If we look at the substitutionary position of Leviticus 17:11, again from the Hebrew, its the soul of the innocent animal that atones for the soul of the human.  Did not the innocent, perfect human soul of the incarnate Jesus atone for our souls?  Is He not the Lamb of God?  Wasn't He to be the last sacrifice?  Is this not the same as we are told in 17:11?  I believe the answer to all of these questiona is, "Yes!" (Submitted 15 Jan 1998 by Frank L. Hoffman flh@all-creatures.org

Bible - Arguing Over Passages - A Word of Wisdom (submitted by Richard Schwartz 4 Feb 98 <Schwartz@postbox.csi.cuny.edu.>

I believe that such arguments can be counterproductive if we wish to reach religious people.  If it gets down to which parts of the Bible people believe in, I don't think we will get most people who have been brought up all their lives with certain religious teachings to agree that some parts of the bible are not correct. 

We could argue more effectively I believe that God's first dietary law was strictly vegetarian (actually vegan) (Genesis 1:29) and that this is consistent with our body structure, our hands, teeth, intestinal systems, stomach acids. etc.

Later God did give permission to eat meat, but it was a reluctant permission, a temporary concession, just as biblical permission to own slaves or wage war do not reflect God's preferences, but are concessions to the times.

We could then argue that God prefers that we be vegetarians (I have written an article, "What Diet Does God Prefer for People"; let me know if you would like to see a copy).  We have a choice re our diet, but that choice should be based on a knowledge of the realities of producing and consuming meat and how they violate biblical teachings about taking care of our health, treating animals with compassion,  protecting the environment and helping the hungry.

We could also argue that there are some indications that Jesus was a vegetarian, but even if he wasn't, would he possibly condone the horrors of factory farms today, in addition to the many other health and ecological problems related to animal-centered diets?     

If we want to be effective in making changes in religious communities, I believe that we shouldn't challenge their religious beliefs or their scriptures, but that we should challenge them to live up to the highest values of their religions.  How, for example, can one worship a God of mercy and compassion, if one is not compassionate and merciful to God's defenseless creatures?

Cult - A Cult Excludes the Blood: A Biblical Perspective (Submitted by: Scott Hembree 12/29/97 <hembree@entelchile.net>

I am ashamed that some among us are more willing to stand under the banner of "Vegetarianism" than that of historical Biblical Christianity. I only write this because the list is a Veg-Christian list and I feel as though Christians ought to consider carefully what God's word says before accepting lies. Are we really willing to sell out the gospel while twisting texts so as to make God the Father and His Son out to be angry over a system of animal sacrifices which had great solemnity and deep significance to the conscientious believer?

Looking back at Genesis I see that our first parents sinned by partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and when they noticed that they were then left naked (the glory of God having left them) they went off and made aprons of large leaves. Adam and Eve were the keepers of God's garden and therefore this act of making themselves a covering of the leaves from their labor is covering themselves with there own works. God, after finally getting them to confess their sin made for them tunics of the skin of animals. These animals where killed to show that sin causes the death of innocent creatures and to prefigure the day when God Himself would become the sacrifice for sin (salvation by grace rather than my own works).

We see the same thing when not much later the two sons of Adam and Eve came of age to offer their own sacrifices to God and Cain, the elder, decided to offer a vegetarian alternative plate to God. The problem was that this "sacrifice" did not preach the gospel as there was no blood and "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins". Fire from heaven came down and consumed Abel's offering but not a spark warmed Cain's alter. This angered Cain and so he murdered his younger brother whom scripture ever after refers to as the first martyr. Was Cain an animal rights activist? No, he was simply disobedient and chose a course, which God could not honor for it misrepresented the Gospel.

I marvel that "Vegetarianism" could be in danger of becoming a cult itself by so blatantly ignoring the central aspect of the gospel which is the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ which was prefigured in the animal sacrifices instituted in the tabernacle in the wilderness under Moses. The Sanctuary service can teach us much about the deadliness of sin and the power of the blood of Christ but to twist God's word into saying that He was against animal sacrifices will eventually lead to abandoning faith in the shed blood of the Man of Calvary. I for one, am a Bible believing Christian firstly and a vegetarian (vegan) secondly. God is indeed calling all mankind to "stop the slaughter of the innocents", but this does not mean that God never used innocent blood to teach all generations a valuable lesson about sin and the gospel. Here I stand no matter who will blast me.

P.S.: I would be willing to believe that as a secondary reason Christ was angry over the loss of life of innocent animals was that the apostasy was so great by then that the slaughter was taking place as a mere routine. This disregarded the sanctity of the lives of animals being sacrificed, but to say that God never had anything to do with animal sacrifices is to through away the gospel.

Cult - A Cult Includes the Blood: An Extra-Biblical Perspective (Submitted by Michael Shaw <mshaw@gtn.net>

Paul was promoting and passing off Roman Cultic ideas as those from Jesus. It was Paul who brought in Cultism, to which most Churches today adhere. Please read my brochure attached to one of my last notes. More is on the way. Hope this had added some activity to the list group! (For more see Christian Animal Rights Effort)

Cult – Christianity Seen as a Cult: (Submitted by Frank L. Hoffman 12/31/97 <flh@all-creatures.org>)

The early Jewish believers in Jesus Christ as their Messiah were seen as heretics by many of their fellow Hebrews and as members of a "cult" for they challenged the main line thinking of the Temple leadership. The blind man whom Jesus healed was cast out of the congregation (John 9). Peter and John were forbidden to speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:13-22). They stoned Stephen to death (Acts 6:8-7:60). James the brother of John was put to death with a sword at Herod’s command. And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he also had Peter arrested (Acts 12:1-3). Often, what is seen as a cult in the beginning, can become an accepted religion over the course of time.