“ Why should we believe that we are spiritual beings, but that animals
are not – that we can walk a spiritual path, but they cannot? Many of the
great spiritual Masters have seemed to love these beings called animals.
Buddha said that ‘when a man has pity on all living creatures, only then
is he noble’. Allah talks about bees being spiritual creatures and
carrying divine messages to us. Jesus proclaimed ‘Go into all the world
and preach the Gospel to every creature’. He didn’t say just your fellow
human beings. …. Of course, if we believed that animals were spiritual
beings, just as we are, we would have to treat them with dignity. Maybe
that’s what some people are afraid of…”
~from her book “Ask the Animals”.