February 18, 2011
Church of God in Christ
Official statements, contemporary and historical references on animals
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is the largest African-American denomination in the United States and one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the world.
In a 2007 Apostolic Missive, COGIC's Presiding Bishop called upon the Church to provide leadership in reversing current "ill-conceived" social trends, including trends that threaten the environment.
COGIC is also a signatory on two interfaith documents that identify environmental sustainability as essential for the achievement of basic human rights. These documents were prepared in anticipation of and support for the United Nations' 2008 "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and its compendium "Millennium Development Goals."
"Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability. Target 1: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources. Target 2: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss. (a) Marine areas and land conservation need greater attention. (b) Deforestation slows and more forests are designated for biodiversity conservation. (c) The number of species threatened with extinction is rising rapidly. (d) Fish stocks require improved fisheries management to reduce depletion."
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