Friday, October 2, 2015

Christian leaders link with animal activists

Christian leaders have announced support for the Humane Society of United States, the organization that led the campaign to rid the hog industry of sow gestation crates.

The Christian and HSUS leaders held a news conference in Washington during which the Christians unveiled their position called Every Living Thing.

The Christians have not said anything specific about modern farming practices, but cited Bible passages they want people to consider.

“We understand from Scripture that God has given us all animals into our hand and for food as part of our responsible rule; but as we live in a fallen world and are prone to sin, we also have the capacity and inclination to cause suffering instead of care for animals and to act cruelly towards them,” the statement said.

In a blog post, HSUS Chief Executive Wayne Pacelle said the campaign grew out of a 2011 meeting of faith leaders hosted by HSUS.  

The evangelical statement was drafted by Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Mark Rodgers, principal of the Clapham Group and former chief of staff for Sen. Rick Santorum; and Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as a result of those initial conversations, Pacelle said.

The Humane Society of  the United States has been focusing attention on retailers, including supermarket and restaurant chains, as an effective tactic to pressure change in livestock and poultry farming practices.

Having achieved widespread victory on the sow gestation crate issue, it is now ramping up its campaign against caged egg-laying hens.