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Comments by Ruth Eisenbud - 7 May 2010

In Reference to: Say No to Sanctified Animal Abuse

INTEGRITY:

In sharp contrast to the position held by Prof. Schwartz and Rabbi Gershom, the Reverend Andrew Linzey, Professor of Religion, Oxford University, has demonstrated the courage and integrity to be critical of his own religion, by admitting that it has failed to deliver meaningful animal compassion. In his own words:

"...It is true that many religious traditions contain notions of non-violence. The first Buddhist precept is not to kill. The Hebrew Bible speaks eloquently of how the lion will lie down with the lamb. And in Christianity there is the idea that love will finally triumph over violence. But only Jainism has made ahimsa its central doctrine. It alone has consistently held the vision of a peaceable world, realisable by moral effort and spiritual discipline.

A while ago, I was interviewed about the awful record of Christianity on animals in comparison with Jainism, and I commented that Jainism in its care and respect for creation has more understood the Christian doctrine of love than Christians have themselves.? This may sound a very odd comment coming from a Christian theologian, and it certainly aroused a lot of criticism. But I still believe that Jains have grasped something that most religionists have missed: to live a life without reverence for life is to lead a spiritually impoverished life.”

It will take honesty, integrity and introspection, not bravado, to end animal suffering. Perpetuating the status quo, with a model based on sanctified slaughter and harm is unacceptable.

Ruth Eisenbud