Animals and World Religions

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Animals and World Religions

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ISBN : 9780199790678
Publisher: Oxford Scholarship Online (January 2012)

This is a great book that would be useful for survey of religion classes as well as classes on religion and ethics. The author is a superb writer and covers an impressive range of material with a clear and eloquent focus. Highly recommended.

Stephen H. Webb, theologian and author of On God and Dogs

This is a beautifully written and passionate example of philosophical activism that is humble enough to take ancient wisdom seriously in the service of very modern questions.

Philosophy in Review

Dr. Lisa Kemmerer has unveiled a mystery of life, our connection to the billions of other animals on this planet. Brilliantly, every paragraph gave me insight into this amazing world and reflection with our kindred spirits.

Frank Lane, author of Be In Heaven Now

This book is a unifying work sublime in its interest and purpose, reflecting the divinity that is infused in the myriad of creatures whose lives invite respect, love, and compassion in every human individual and tradition.

Between the Species

Animals and World Religions, the first of its kind and still the most complete book on the topic, was voted one of the “50 Best Books of 2012” (Spirituality & Practice). Chapters explore eight world religions plus a variety of indigenous traditions regarding ethics, nature, and animals: What is our place in the larger universe? What do myths of North America, India, and Indonesia reveal about hunting—and what can we learn about diet from ancient sacred stories? Are we called to be activists? Does it matter if we are vegan or omnivorous?

On a planet where habitat destruction and species extinction threaten the balance of life, Animals and World Religions helps us to explore and reimagine our place in the universe and our rightful relationships with animals.

Kemmerer demonstrates many times over that the core, the fundamental teachings of the religions of the world are 'radically friendly' to other-than-human animals, demanding respect, justice, and compassion. With the publication of her book, the future of religion-and-animal-studies will be forever changed-for the better.

Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights

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Animals and World Religions

Introduction by Lisa Kemmerer

From the standpoint of religious traditions, what is our rightful role with regard to red-winged blackbirds and short-eared lizards? What do sacred teachings tell us about our responsibilities to bluefin tuna and Black Angus cattle?

Humans often dominate and exploit other creatures. Contemporary factory farming, for example, causes acute suffering, prolonged misery, and premature death to billions of nonhuman animals every year, across continents, on behalf of those who choose to eat animal products. From factory farms to medical labora- tories, individuals from nonhuman species have become objects for our purposes, and means to human ends. Technology, mass production, and the sheer number of flesh-eating humans crowded onto this planet have increased the volume and inten- sity of nonhuman animal exploitation exponentially. Most of us never see the crea- tures whom we dominate and exploit, their dark eyes and steamy breath, wavy hair or intricate feathers, swaying tails or shiny beaks. We do not have the chance to know them as individuals—their preferences and fears, affections and curiosities— we see only a slab of flesh wrapped in cellophane, a bit of dairy in a plastic container, with an obscure label that fails to mention the truth: This that you eat is part of someone else’s body . . .   Read more