METHODIST C0NFERENCE, LONDON. (1980)
The practices of intensive factory farming—which do not consider the welfare of the animals involved—are to be condemned. [And] patently cruel sports such as stag hunting and hare coursing are to be condemned, not only for the suffering imposed on the animals but also for the effect on the human participant.
GARY KOWALSKI, Unitarian Universalist Minister (1991)
Animals are our spiritual colleagues and emotional companions. We know this to be true less through debate than through direct experience...people have truly mutual relationships with animals and do encounter the sacred in nonhuman form.
ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, (A.D. 400)
Surely we ought to show kindness and gentleness to animals for many reasons, and chiefly because they are of the same Source as ourselves.