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Copyright © 2011 Lisa Kemmerer and Anthony J. Nocella II
We have been working for more than thirty years trying to awaken the churches and religious communities to return to their roots of living at peace with the whole of God's creation (humans, animals, and the environment), and not just a select group of human beings. We also strongly believe that when we learn to make peace with the animals, we will have peace in the world with our fellow human beings.
Call to Compassion: Religious Perspectives on Animal Advocacy, edited by Lisa Kemmerer and Anthony J. Nocella II, is an anthology of essays by 20 authors, including Lisa Kemmerer. All of these writers speak to the points of our three decade quest, and address all the major world religions, as well as indigenous religions, all of which have compassionate living with animals as part of their core values.
The common thread running through the commentaries is that these religions have allowed worldly exploitive practices, scapegoating, and the degradation of animals to enter into their teachings, and distort God's original intent that the founders based the religion. In today's modern world, where there is an abundance of plant foods, we should all be vegan and end the exploitation of animals.
We highly recommend Call to Compassion: Religious Perspectives on Animal Advocacy to everyone, for it will give us insights into these religions that will help us end the hardness of heart and indifference to the suffering of animals and the people who care about them.
About the Editors:
Lisa Kemmerer (B.A. in international studies, Reed College; M.T.S. in comparative religions, Harvard University School; Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Glasgow, Scotland) is a philosopher-activist, artist, and lover of wild places, who has hiked, biked, kayaked, backpacked, and traveled widely. She is the author and editor of several books, and is currently associate professor of philosophy and religion at Montana State University, Billings.
Anthony J. Nocella II, a Quaker and long-time animal advocate is finishing his Ph.D in Social Science at Syracuse University, while teaching at Le Moyne College, SUNY Cortland, and Hillbrook Youth Detention Center. He has written extensively for many publications and has edited 15 anthologies.