From all-creatures.org
and The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation

Letter from Barbara About Animal Rights and the Bible

I found a web site entitled Animal Rights and the Bible by Darryl G. Treat. There are tons of quotes in it from the Bible that purportedly support eating the flesh of dead animals. Treat says that God put animals here for us and similar beliefs then quotes the Bible to substantiate his beliefs. He said he can't wait to teach his children how to hunt with guns and bow and arrow.

After reading this, I was very upset. I am Catholic. A Catholic priest told me when I asked if animals go to heaven, he responded no because they don't have souls. More recently I've been told that animals don't go to heaven even though they have souls but they are not immortal. Treat says that animal rights people distort what is written in the Bible. What am I to think about all of these biblical quotes that support his beliefs? Do you think his quotes are correct? I don't know the bible well enough to contradict what Treat says.

I refuse to believe that animals don't go to heaven. They are God's beautiful creation. Why would they leave animals behind? I just lost my beautiful Maine Coon boy to cancer (he's from rescue). He truly is (I refuse to talk about the dead in the past tense) a gentle giant as Maine Coons care called. His name is Zach (Zachary). I love him dearly and it broke my heart to let him go. It was the only compassionate thing I could do for him. He was suffering. I want to see Zach and all my loved ones in heaven, my Mom and Dad, other animals human and non human.

Please respond to me. I've written you before and your responded. This is very important to me.

I also want to know if Jesus was vegetarian.


For all animals,


Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Barbara:

There are a few of these web sites which spread what we consider to be a hijacked view of Christianity. As he says, his intent is to harden the heart of his children so that they no longer feel any empathy for animals, and take pleasure in killing them. To us, that means he wants to lead them astray and to turn them into sociopaths, of whom the Bible says it would be better for such a person to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Don't worry about such people. Let God deal with them, and He surely will unless they truly repent and change their ways. For your part, just be the most loving, compassionate, and peacemaking child of God you can be.

If humans go to heaven, then so do animals, for God created us all as living souls. Stay with what you know to be true in your heart. Many people, including clergy, don't want us to believe this because they want to protect their hard of heart way of life and continue to eat the tortured remains of animals.

Think about your relationship with Zach. You know that he had that same kind of vibrant spiritual life force that we humans have, and he knew the meaning of love. And you will be once again united with him and you parents in heaven.

We believe that Jesus was a vegetarian, but there is no way to absolutely prove it from the Bible. The only thing we can prove is that nowhere in the Bible does it say that Jesus ate any animal flesh during His incarnate live on earth.

We look forward to hearing from you again.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary