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Living Legacy: Faith Voices on Animal Protection

A video series featuring discussions about how faith shaped the lives and work of C.S. Lewis, William Wilberforce and other animal advocates

Through conversations about notable animal advocates, we explore the ways in which faith leaders lay a foundation for the ethical treatment of animals and how people of faith have responded. 

Watch the complete video series here. (Click "Play all" or "Playlist," in the upper left corner of the video player, to browse all the videos in the series.) 


The ongoing video series begins with three interviews:

  • Eric Metaxas discusses William Wilberforce, an evangelical member of Britain’s Parliament, best known for championing the equal rights of all human beings through the passage of the Foreign Slave Trade Act (1806-07). Wilberforce also passionately fought for the welfare of animals, seeing a direct link between how humans treat animals and how they treat their neighbors.
  • Dr. Karen Swallow Prior discusses Hannah More and her commitment to reforming culture. More, a close friend of William Wilberforce, advocated for the abolition of slavery and the improvement of morals, education, religion and animal welfare.
  • Dr. Jerry Root discusses C.S. Lewis and the concern he had for animals throughout his life. A writer and Christian apologist, Lewis is best known for his fictional work, especially The Chronicles of Narnia, and for his nonfiction such as Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain.

Study guide: This 16-page study guide is designed for small groups wanting to dig deeper into the themes explored in the Living Legacy: Faith Voices on Animal Protection videos. Download the guide »

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