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7 Mainline Christian Denominations' Stances on Animal Rights

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 05:36 PM

What is the Christian obligation to animals? The stance of mainline Christian denominations on the topic is pretty uniform when the Bible is brought into the debate.

Many denominations, from Presbyterian to Southern Baptist to Catholic, have made statements regarding the issue.

Here is a collection of those views:

1. The Assemblies of God is the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination. Here is their stance, according to the Human Society of the United States: “(We) feel Christians must act responsibly in their use of God’s Earth as we rightly harvest its resources. As stated in Genesis 1:27-30, we believe God has given mankind alone complete dominion over the Earth’s resources. These resources include the land, the water, the vegetation, and the Earth’s minerals; as well as the animals, fish, and fowl. Like the Earth, we acknowledge these to be gifts from God to mankind; and as gifts they are to be appreciated and cherished."

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2. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s the Rev. Peter Kurowski, author of “Animals in Heaven, Pets in Paradise,” said God loves animals during an interview with KFUO Radio.

“'This is a sign of the covenant, the promise I’m making between me and you and every living creature with you. A covenant for all generations to come.’ Now we see and hear those words, ‘For all generations to come,’ but we don’t camp out at that important phrase, ‘every living creature.’ And so here we see God’s intimate, infinite love not only for mankind, but for the animals of the world,” Kurowski said.

3.  In “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice,” the Presbyterian Church USA has made similar statements about animals in its environmental policy.

"Keep wildlife wild and free. Avoid irreversible change. Protect and expand remaining public wildlands ... Think of nature as a community, more than a commodity ... Prohibit trade in endangered wild animals and endangered plants, or products derived from them. Stop indiscriminate killing of wild animals."

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4. Members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church cite one of the church founders, Ellen G. White, for the denomination's stance on animal rights: "Think of the cruelty to animals that meat eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard these creatures of God!"

5. The Rev. Billy Graham of the Southern Baptist Convention once told a woman, "The Bible commands us to take care of animals," said Graham. "In fact, the Bible says we must never treat any part of God's creation with contempt. When we do, we are indirectly treating our Creator with contempt."

6. According to the Humane Society, the Episcopal Church's stance calls for responsible care of God's animals and advises its members to conduct themselves in ways that prohibit animal suffering and to advocate for legislation protecting animals.


7. Per the Humane Society, the United Methodist Church stance: "We support regulations that protect the life and health of animals, including those ensuring the humane treatment of pets and other domestic animals, animals used in research, and the painless slaughtering of meat animals, fish, and fowl. We encourage the preservation of all animal species including those threatened with extinction."

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