Islam And Animal Welfare: A Brief Review
Animals: Tradition - Philosophy


October 2017

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The purpose of this review was to show an historic overview of of the status of animal welfare in Islam, and look at how its history can "inform modern advancements and dialog in animal care and handling." To do this, scholars examined the Quran and Hadith, in tandem with The Five Freedoms: Freedom from thirst and hunger; Freedom from discomfort; Freedom from pain, injury, and disease; Freedom to express most normal behavior; and Freedom from fear and distress.

The authors emphasize that principles from early Islamic teachings make it possible "to open a supportive dialog between science and faith that can lead to animal welfare improvements without antagonism." For animal advocates this is a balance that is forever difficult to strike.

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