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Humane Religion Magazine

September - October 2008 Issue

Letter to McGill University Divinity Facility Concerning Church Silence about Cruelty to Animals

[Ed. Note:] For many years, we have been working on ways to help the churches become truly sensitive to the suffering of the whole of creation, and to take an active role in ending it.  We need to be the loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God, we have been called to be, so that we can begin to free creation from the suffering and corruption to which it has been subjected to for far too long (Romans 8:18-23).  The following letter from Hugh MacDonald is one of these efforts

Thank you for this opportunity to make contact with other graduates of Divinity Hall.

Hugh Robert MacDonald, (Rev.)
1957 Bachelor of Divinity Program

In my final years, I am increasingly aware of the terrible cruelties which we human beings inflict upon our fellow creatures through industrial farming, laboratory testing, so-called blood "sports", trapping and the fur industry, entertainment (from rodeos to bullfights), puppy mills, etc. -- the list is endless.

I am bewildered that the Church is silent -- and especially so our United Church which prides itself on justice and humanitarianism. I am ashamed that for so much of my life I chose to ignore the sadism and brutality that is all around us.

I would be delighted to hear from any who wish to help awaken our denomination from its indifference to these horrors.

Hugh Robert MacDonald, (Rev.)
159 Bentwood Drive
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 7A7
e-mail: Hugh-June@shaw.ca


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