The Compassionate Animal – Teachings on the compassionate treatment of animals from the world’s main faiths

The Compassionate Animal

Everyone is welcome to this talk by AIA director, Barbara Gardner, author of The Compassionate Animal, being hosted by the Cheltenham Interfaith Group on Thursday 25th June at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Cheltenham.

When we are searching for ways in which different faiths can work together in harmony with one another, it helps to start with a common ground that all faiths share.  Surprisingly, compassion for all living things is such a common ground.  Many people think that including animals in our moral circle is not a foundation of all religions, only being relevant for the eastern traditions of Jainism, Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism.  However, an analysis of the original teachings of all religions shows that there is much that teaches that animals should be included in our moral circle.  They all have The Golden Rule in common, ‘Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself’, and those ‘others’ include all sentient, living beings.

Barbara Gardner on Radio 4 – Mar 2013

AIA Managing Director, Barbara Gardner discusses Religion and Animals on BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief programme with Shaunaka Rishi Das, a Vaisnav priest from the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies and Shimon Cohen, Director of Shechita UK, an organisation which defends the Jewish method of slaughtering animals for food – 4th March 2013.

Barbara Gardner