As published in Christchurch, New Zealand's "Star"
"Thou shalt not Kill"...
I believe that in Western society we have a long way to go before we are free of hypocrisy relating to the Commandment, 'Thou shalt not Kill'. ('kill' meaning 'to slay; cause the death of; animals killed' - Little Oxford Dictionary.)
Is killing to continue to be interpreted by the churches and others as relating only to man? Animals also 'see and hear and love and fear and suffer'. They FEEL. In Genesis they are referred to as living souls. Locke saw that the custom of tormenting and killing of brestrictieasts, will, by degrees, harden the heart against man, also.
In the West, our churches (and some missionaries) could well pay heed to the fact that "the man whose religion teaches him to hold all life sacred, is not likely to be converted to a faith which gives an interpretation claiming no life to be sacred but man's!" (Rev. John Todd Ferrier), who advocated replacing a soulless, inconsistent attitude with a humane approach - as practised by Jesus, - and John the Baptist, Isaiah, Matthew, Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, Shelley; and many other great souls, and modern-day role-models for ethical, compassionate behaviour.