Animals and the earth: Teachings

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  • Animals and the Earth: Teachings
    • Animal Rights
      • Gen 1:28 "rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature"
      • Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God Luke 12:6
      • First Precept: do not harm any living thing
      • Ahimsa: non- violence
      • "There is not an animal on earth... but they are communities like you" Qur'an 6:38
      • "everything that lives and moves about will be food for you... i now give you everything"
      • Halal Slaughter: painless
      • Deut 22:6 "if you come across a bird's nest... do not take the mother eith the young
    • Animal testing
      • Animals should not be harmed as they are part of the wheel of Samsara (cycle)
      • Oppose all experiments: first precept
      • Can be done is suffering is minimal
      • Most accept limited testing
      • Guru Granth Sahib: god is present in all living beings
    • The origins of life
      • Christianity AND Judaism: & day story OR Adam and eve
      • Surah: 6 days. man first, then woman
      • Lotus flower from Vishnu's navel. Brahma was in the flower and on command split the flower to make the universe.
      • No creation story
      • No specific story. it was an act of God's love
    • Care for the earth
      • Dhammapada: do good
      • Stewardship from Gen 1:28
      • Universe is part of God. the world is sacred
      • Appointed to Humans by Allah (Stewardship) Allah love the most those who are kindest to his family
      • Stewardship. Land should not be over-exploited
      • World belongs to God. God in all things. duty to protect
    • Destruction of habitats
      • monks and nuns may not "destroy any plant or tree" Vinaya Pitaka
      • "earth given to us to share and develop, not dominate and exploit RCC 1991
      • "the earth has enough for everyone's need, not everyone's greed" Gandhi.
      • "there is no altering the laws of allah" Surah 30.30
      • "do not destroy trees... because you can eat their fruit" Deut 20:19
      • "god prevails is all creation...he continues to give us our daily bread" Guru Granth Sahib
    • Summits
      • Assisi (Animal Rights) religious leaders 1986
      • RSPCA 1824. Christians (rev A Broome)
      • Rio 1992. Sustainable development. created Agenda 21
      • Kyoto 1997. nations promised to cut CO2 emissions. Carbon Trading
      • Jo'burg 2002:Sust development, clean water, marine life. 185 nations agreed to combat by 2015
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    • Jewish
    • Christian
    • Islam
    • Sikh
    • Buddhist
    • Hiindu


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