Tuesday, June 21, 2005I found this quote from Pope Benedict XVI on Andrew Sullivan's site yeseterday:
"At any rate, we can see that [animals] are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God's creatures . . . Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."
These are powerful words. I believe consumption of meat is a liberty to which humans are entitled, but we are not absolved of our responsibility to those in our care. It's not an easy thing to do, but for the sake of mercy and responsibility, something must change. At the very least, a move towards organic, natural meat will lead to a more humane, healthy lifestyle.
I hope more Protestant leaders will come to share this outlook.