Seeing animals as spiritual beings
July 2, 2010 1:31 PM Subscribe
Animals as spiritual, and the role of animals in spirituality. "Some religious leaders welcome pets to worship services, memorialize them at death and discuss them as spiritual beings without distinction from humanity"
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... "Factory farming, green living among topics sparking discussion."The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different
. - Hippocrates
"I think it's ridiculous," said Rabbi Byron Sherwin, distinguished service professor with the Spertus Institute in Chicago. "Judaism makes a very clear distinction between animals and human beings. Human beings are not really a kind of animal like any other kind of animal."
But Kris Lecakes Haley of Phoenix, an ordained animal chaplain, doesn't think there is a line to blur. "I think they are all expressions of the divine," she said. "We all have a divine spark within us. Because of that, there is an irrefutable connectedness of all life."
Another view on factory animal farming: "The human mind, especially when there is money to be had, can manufacture grand excuses for the exploitation of other human beings. How much easier it is for people to excuse the wrongs done to lowly animals."
Compassionate conservatism -- toward animals.
Meanwhile, Chimps are seen to have their own spirituality