DOES God want you to care about animal welfare?
The creation narrative in Genesis says that God gave humans “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Dominion has been interpreted variously, ranging from free license to do what we will to a sacred obligation to care for and protect animals.
The Human Society of the United States (HSUS) has a very clear interpretation. Through its Faith Outreach program, this 60-year-old organization—the largest and most effective animal protection organization—calls upon people of faith to embrace animal rights. This program “seeks to engage people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, on the premise that religious values call upon us all to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures.”
The Faith Outreach program provides many resources, including a video series, religious statements on animal welfare, and more.
What does “dominion” mean to you?
Do religious values call on us to treat animals humanely?