Are Current Versions of the Bible Speciesist?
Current versions of the Bible refer to animals as "it" and People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking translators of the New
International Version (NIV) to remove what it calls "speciesist"
language and refer to animals instead as "he" or "she". Bruce Friedrich,
PETA's vice president for policy, believes that calling animals "it"
denies them of their value as creatures loved by God.
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The way that many of God’s animals are treated in our society
certainly is appalling. For the meat, egg and dairy industries God’s
animals are just commodities and not creatures with God-given instincts
and emotions. Certainly, a Bible version recognizing that God’s animals
are not inanimate things but sentient beings would depict God’s love for
all creatures and in turn glorify our Creator.
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