Maligning and Denigrating Animals
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Maligning and Denigrating Animals
Comments by Sarah - 6 Aug 2007

Sparrow, Andrea, I think people also sometimes say these things and tease because actually they do have some caring for animals but aren't prepared to do much about it. That makes them feel uncomfortable, so they take it out on you.

I had a similar situation with someone on a residential course I was on. When he discovered that I am vegan and also do not drink alcohol (because it makes me feel ill) or coffee (because it stops me sleeping), he was determined that in some way I should "sin" before the end of the week, and teased me about it continually. However, the caterers, who had never had a vegan before, produced such fantastic vegan meals for me that I think the others were a little envious!

I think, too, that a large percentage of otherwise normal, healthy adults think it's funny to "tease" people about any way in which they are different to the norm, whether it's physical appearance, beliefs, the way they dress, or the way they lead their lives.

When something like that happens with animals, part of me feels glad, because at least that person is reacting and it may just be that their conscience is telling them something. It may also open up an opportunity to demonstrate that I think it's an important issue and to talk about it. It still upsets me though, especially if it's someone I otherwise have a good relationship with.

Andrea, I too am bothered about your question 2 - God's permission for eating animals. It really does seem to me that He did, and I'm not comfortable with that.

As I understand it (your Q.3), Jesus was the full final sacrifice, so He put an end to any need for animal sacrifice.

Sarah

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