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April 1, 2011

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Official statements, historical and contemporary references on animals

The Humane Society of the United States

  • An elephant with her baby in the wild.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PC (USA), traces its history to the 16th century Protestant reformer, John Calvin.

"The meanest animals are equally the children of God, because they were created of the original seed of the Word of God," Calvin stated.

The Presbyterian Church has statements on animals addressing wildlife, farm animals and more. From Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice:

"Keep wildlife wild and free. Avoid irreversible change. Protect and expand remaining public wildlands...Respect life, the more sentient the more respect. Think of nature as a community, more than a commodity...Prohibit trade in endangered wild animals and endangered plants, or products derived from them. Stop indiscriminate killing of wild animals."

From Just Eating, Practicing our Faith at the Table:

“Eating...can be an opportunity to thoughtfully live our beliefs about justice--a vehicle for practicing our faith... Good nutrition is stewardship of a gift God gave us--our bodies...Choose healthier sources of proteins... Animal proteins such as beef or whole milk dairy products come with a heavy helping of saturated fats. Vegetable proteins come with plenty of fiber and vitamins."

 See more official statements and historical and contemporary references from The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) including links to documents, through this PDF.

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