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From The Ark Number 189 - Winter 2001


Anger, anguish and despair - I expect we have all felt like this for most of this year.  I wrote in the last issue about foot-and-mouth, and did not expect to have to be doing so again, four months on.  The massacre of animals, nearing four million and still rising, including pedigree herds and hefted sheep, in mostly inhumane conditions, should stop for ever the lie that animals are treated better than people, or that welfare takes priority over economics.

Has the Church been leading the protest against this wasteful carnage?  There may have been the occasional prayers for the plight of the distraught, often suicidal farmers, but how much energy have the Christian Churches expended over the premature destruction of the lives of millions of creatures beloved by their Creator God?  As individuals we have done our best to try to avert this tragedy, to no avail, so we look to those whose role is to inspire and motivate.

A correspondent in this issue appeals to the leadership of the Church to take the initiative in guiding Christians to ‘build a proper relationship with animals’.   As he says, ‘... we seek to prompt the Church to give us that guidance, which we believe it has in its treasury, but it’s got locked away somewhere and needs to be dug out!’  Was this guidance ever more needed than in the UK this year?  Is the life of human embryos and of innocent animals not of infinite value?

We give thanks to God for those among the clergy and the episcopate who do stand by us, and welcome our new President, Bishop Malcolm, and the statement of support given by the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton (see separate page).  A new wind may be blowing through the Church in our land.  We pray so.

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