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Activist urges churches to make a stand on live animal exports 14.10.2012
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2012, 01:36:10 AM »
That's the opinion of animal activist and humanitarian Philip Wollen, who - at the Animals Australia rally against live animal export in Adelaide - called on churches to stand up against what he said was not an industry but an atrocity.

     Live export protest height=366   Thousands of people gathered in Martin Place, Sydney to join a national rally for banning the live export of animals in Australia.  Picture: Morgan James  Source:
  CHURCHES should take a stand against live animal exports and use the debate as a way to connect with the community.

  "So I call on every church, temple, synagogue and mosque to issue a clarion call from every pulpit, that live animal export is an abomination that must be eradicated - once and for all," he urged at last week's rally.

"This is a great opportunity and a wonderful meeting point, if you like, for the church to meet with the people to whom they minister.

"People should (speak out against live animal export) and churches should, to the extent that they represent and reflect the values of a community, speak out as well. If the churches got up and condemned this industry they would not be playing politics - it has nothing to do with politics, it has everything to do with ethics."

Adelaide Catholic Archdiocese Vicar-General Father Philip Marshall said Christians were called to stand up for the fair treatment of all living things.

"Our commitment to care for the Earth and all its creatures is central to Catholic teaching and there would be many Catholics involved in actively supporting this commitment as groups and/or individuals," Mr Wollen said.

"That is very far from engaging in party politics which are, in general, an area the church should distance itself from," he said.

Australian Baptist Churches national president Dr John Beasy, said the church should use relevant issues to engage its community."I think it's a relevant issue that is about God's creation and the way we treat what has been entrusted to us," he said.

"God made the earth beautiful and good, he made things for our sustenance and our enjoyment but he made us stewards primarily of our resources.

"Animals were created for our sustenance and that process is meant to be done fairly, and I think we as Christians ought to ensure that it is done fairly."
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  • October 14, 2012