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Animal Ethics

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.

Will Heaven Be Boring?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.25.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

In a Gary Larson Far Side cartoon, a man in heaven sits on a cloud wishing he brought a magazine. The heaven of pop-culture cliché--white robes, ange...

Taking Children To An Aquarium Is A Lesson In Cruelty

Skye Cleary | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
Skye Cleary

Aquariums can, of course, be centers for conservation and research. But there is a special issue when we take children to visit them. We are setting an example of how we think we should live, and this might be done only by ignoring what's in front of us, lying just beneath the surface.

Animals and the Church?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Animals are everywhere in the Christian Bible and yet the erasure of the nonhuman from theological contemplation has been commonplace from the earliest days of the church.

Animals Feel Pleasure -- Here's Why One Man Says That Means We Shouldn't Eat Them

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles? Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs an...

Every Jewish Question About Animals Answered

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I realized that I had an animal expert in my midst and all of a sudden I started to think of the most intricate questions about animals.

What's St. Paul's Beef With Oxen? Animal Compassion In Light Of 1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

My question is whether or not there is a way to read 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 that does justice to Paul while minimizing bias against nonhuman species among his readers?

Using Hamsters to Save Ferrets: The Need for Compassionate Conservation

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

It is in the best traditions of science to ask questions about ethics. Why do people who get upset at the abuse of other animals permit the use of hamsters?

I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA Premieres Tonight

Patrick Waldo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Waldo

As a long time vegetarian, animal rights supporter, and PETA member, I'm excited about the attention the documentary will bring to the organization's causes.