The Fellowship of Life
The 'Animals Film' (The Gate, Bloomsbury), demonstrates clearly the extreme cruelty and degradation man and woman inflicts on millions of animals a year in Britain alone, particularly through our factory farming methods where the proper care of living creatures is completely denied for economic reasons.
Most people, even "non pet-lovers" would be disturbed if they
knew their neighbour kept a pet dog or cat imprisoned all its life
in a cage barely larger than its own size, yet apparently have no
objections to the vast business of factory farming in which animals
are reared in similar distressing and miserable conditions in order
to end up as food on our tables.
Five million experiments on living animals each year include
blinding, burning, poisoning, mutilation and the inflicting of
Many experiments have little scientific justification other than
that of academic routine, or for endless new industrial and cosmetic
products, and for testing the effectiveness of the latest
discoveries in biological and chemical warfare.
Is it not time we examined our attitudes, as Catholics, to the
way we treat other species in God's creation. As a recent convert I
am dismayed by the apparent lack of any significant concern or
interest in the moral issues of animal welfare and food production
in the Catholic Church.
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