April 20, 2012
Official statements, plus historical and contemporary references on animals.
Reform Judaism is the largest branch of Judaism in North America.
It emphasizes tikkun olam (repair of the world), a concept, according to the Reform Movement, that requires Judaism to continuously re-form itself in response to the changing needs of changing times and circumstances.
Judaism has ample examples and much support for the protection and care of animals as part of God’s creation.
“’The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness there of’ (Psalms 24:1). We are instructed to protect all living beings regardless of their aesthetic beauty—‘Even those things you deem as superfluous, such as fleas, gnats and flies, even these too are purposefully included in the creation of the world.’ (Genesis Rabbah 10:7).” —from Central Conference of American Rabbis: Resolution Adopted by the CCAR: Endangered Species, Adopted by the 107th Annual Convention of the CCAR, March 1996.
More about Reform Judaism, including the movement’s beliefs, structure, and history, can be found by going to Union for Reform Judaism.
Read official and historical statements and contemporary references on animal protection issues in Reform Judaism in this PDF.