The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973



A Tomb?

Rev. Bob is right to emphasise that there's no reason why Christians cannot extend their sphere of compassion to encompass all sentient beings.

It would however also follow that "thy will be done..." cannot possibly refer to the callous factory farms, or blood-splattered abattoirs, that ultimately, consumer indifference creates.

You sacrifice nothing with a vegetarian diet, and nothing need be sacrificed for you. The body is after all a temple of God, why make it a tomb?

South Wales Echo

From the South Wales Echo of 19th August 1993:

My sad tale of guilt and my dog by Rev Bob

Why was I more upset when my dog died than I was when my mother died? And why should I feel guilty about such feelings?

After all, my poor mother died of senile dementia, and I was relieved when I saw her breathe her last breath.

But Vicky, my ugly mongrel, whom I loved, had to be put down for nipping the little boys who tormented her.

I felt it was the worst thing I'd ever done.

And now I have the problem all over again - I have the opportunity to visit my cousins in Florida, and was very exited at the prospect, but poor old Hydref, my present bitch, is dying of cancer, and my wife will not consider leaving our faithful friend to die alone.

I could never join the millitant animal rights group who are likely to blow up humans in the cause of justice for animals - that is barmy.

And as a thinking Christian I don't think I believe that animals have souls. But my natural Christian humanity demands that I respect all forms of life.

And life is such a miracle - there is no evidence that it exists anywhere else in the universe.

But let's not be sentimental and hypocritical. I do eat meat, and will continue to do so. I will continue to read books and newspapers, which involve cutting down trees - another beautiful form of life I hold in respect. But it is undoubtedly true that within nature we feed on each other to survive, and somehow that is right.

Even within the Bible it was the Cedars of Lebanon which were used in the construction of Solomon's Temple, and the fish from the sea of Galilee which fed Jesus and the disciples.

Even so, given these realities of life, we are not exonerated from giving our fellow creatures every respect - plants or animals.

During the last war we kept chickens - Rhode Island Reds and Light Sussex. Every chicken had its name, and I remember how upset my sister was during Christmas dinner when she was told she was eating Emily. Now we just pick up a frozen lump from the supermarket.

It is not the death of animals, plants or humans that worries me - that is the lot of all of us. It is the sheer exploitation and lack of respect for life in any form that I find offensive.

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