October 1, 2009
The HSUS Sounds Message of Compassion and Mercy on Fall Music Tour
The Humane Society of the United States' "All Creatures" nationwide music tour featuring The Myriad kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. The tour will proceed with more than 35 stops at clubs and Christian universities around the country.
Christine Gutleben, director of The HSUS faith outreach program, is accompanying the tour and will speak to audiences about the work of The HSUS.
"Traveling with The Myriad is an opportunity to inspire people across the country to join with The Humane Society of the United States in protecting animals from needless cruelty, suffering and abuse," said Gutleben, "Music moves people, and combined with a cause, it has the power to transform hearts and minds and to spread the message of compassion and mercy for God's creatures."
The faith outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States seeks to engage people and institutions of faith with animal protection issue on the premise that religious values call upon us to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures.
The Myriad was MTV's 2008 Breakout Artist of the Year. The shows will feature video produced by The HSUS and the musicians will encourage audience members to consider their responsibilities towards animals.
The tour will stop at Christian universities across the country during a time when younger evangelicals are exhibiting a renewed attention to social issues like poverty and the environment. With faith elements woven throughout The Myriad's lyrics, the band resonates with Christian audiences across the country.
The Myriad guitarist Steven Tracy believes it's important to build awareness among Christians about animal welfare. "It's something that I've felt strongly about for a while, and I think it's an important issue for this generation," he said.
The Myriad will join Tyrone Wells, who has just delivered his second major label album, Remain, for part of the tour.
The tour ends in California the first week of November. For the tour schedule, please click here.
- The two prior HSUS Chief Executive Officers who served from 1970 through 2004 were ordained ministers, and the organization has always had a strong belief in the power of faith and religion to call people to act in a kind and merciful way toward animals.
- The HSUS' faith outreach program aims to increase awareness about moral responsibilities to all animals and the environment and encourages active support of animal welfare policies. Most of the major religions of the world have well-developed policy statements on animal issues.
- The program explores ideas like: Do we have responsibilities towards God's creatures? Do our current practices reflect good care of God's creation? What does it mean to be a faithful steward? What do our religious traditions say about animals? Last year, the program launched a nationwide campaign, All Creatures Great and Small, to raise awareness about moral responsibilities to animals, including those raised for food.
- In 2008, The HSUS released Eating Mercifully, a 26-minute documentary that examines critical findings of a Pew Commission report on U.S. industrial animal agriculture and considers the factory farming industry from several Christian perspectives. The film is available online.
- The HSUS profiles the largest religious denominations in the United States in its Religious Statements on Animals database. The information includes official statements and contemporary and historical references within those traditions and can be found by visiting hsus.org/religion/profiles.
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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by nearly 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.