The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


Animal Sacrifices  

Edited by Tom Regan (Temple University Press, 1986)

During 25-27 July 1984 the International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals convened a conference in London on "Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science", chaired by Tom Regan.

Here we have the solo papers given, but not quite all the contributions. Ashley Montagu's keynote address, presented in absentia and reminding us of H.G. Wells's trenchant dictum that we are in a race between education and catastrophe, is sadly not included, and two round table discussions, including some excellent material from Dr. Alice Heim, are omitted.

But it is a book for every animal rightist's library. Although Rabbi David Bleich's lack of qualms over ritual slaughter, and extreme utilitarian view that anything goes if benefit to man is anticipated, is chillingly predictable, there is much of greater value.

Indeed, the book is one of a small spate to examine the teachings of major religious systems concerning animals. Other recent important contributions to this debate include Andrew Linzey's Christianity and the Rights of Animals (reviewed in the Winter '87 issue of The Vegan), and Stephen Rosen's Food for the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the World Religions.

Review by Jon Wynne-Tyson

From The Vegan, Spring 1988 edition. Reproduced with thanks to the Vegan Society

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