the use and abuse of animals

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  • the use and abuse of animals
    • christianity
      • christians believe that animals were created by God for humans to use and care for
        • "everything that lives and moves about will be food for you"
          • god also allowed animals to be sacrificed
        • "the righteous care for the needs of their animals"
      • god values animals - shown in the story of Noah
        • "take with you seven of every kind of clean animal[...] to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth"
        • "do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain"
      • testing cosmetics on animals was banned in the UK in 1998 and christians agree with this
        • in modern societies christians generally support limited animal testing provided there is no other safe way to develop medicines and it is carried out caringly
          • human life is sacred so new drugs mat benefit millions
      • christians have the choice to be meat-eaters, vegetarian or vegan
        • should be sensitive to the beliefs of others
        • "the one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not"
        • 90% of UK eats meat
      • humans were made in the image of god, not animals
        • justifies different treatment of humans and animals
        • humans were made out of soil - god breathed into it, so humans have a soul unlike animals
    • islam
      • god made all living creatures and they al worship him in their own way
        • each animal is valuable to god, has rights and should be treated with kindness and compassion
        • "the seven heavens and the earth and everyone in them glorify him"
      • animals have been made for the benefit of humans but are not to be abused
        • animal cruelty is to be avoided and factory farming is haram and intensive farming goes against the principles of justice and compassion in islam
        • some muslims allow zoos and safaris which are helping with conservation projects
        • muhammed is seen as a role model as he cut his cloak rather than disturb cat and told man to return eggs of hen in distress
        • "it is God who provides livestock for you, some for riding and some for your wood"
      • muslims are only allowed to eat meat that has been killed according to the shari'ah law
        • must be slaughtered using a sharp knife, in the name of God with no other animals present
        • qur'an forbids the eating of pig's meat
      • causing harm to an animal is not allowed
        • development of medicine preserves human life so an exception can be made if the animals are treated humanely
        • must be in keeping with Islamic principles of justice, kindness and compassion
        • "whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than that without a just cause, God will hold them accountable on the day of judgement"


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