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New Book Shines Light on Faith Teachings in Animal Welfare

The Humane Society of the United States, through its Faith Outreach program, announces a new book, “Every Living Thing: How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and other Christian Leaders are inspiring all of us to Care for Animals.”

Published through Front Edge Publishing, the book is a collection of the latest teachings from Christian leaders on animal protection issues, compiled to inspire individuals and spark fresh discussion in congregations. “Every Living Thing” includes the new Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals, by top Evangelical leaders and released at an event held at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The statement is the only unifying document bringing evangelicals together to care for living creatures.

Christine Gutleben, “Every Living Thing” editor and senior director of The HSUS faith outreach program said: “We are excited to provide this resource that shows the longstanding traditions of care and protection of animals across Christian denominations. It offers important context for The Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care of Animals and Pope Francis’ encyclical on creation, Laudato Si. It also helps us to understand our moral responsibilities towards God’s creatures.”

About the Book:

Also included in this book are teachings from the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God.

Compassion toward animals runs through nearly every major religious tradition around the world—so additional material on other faith traditions is included in an appendix to help readers expand their awareness of these issues.

Beyond general concern for animals, religious groups zero in on a wide range of issues, reflecting The HSUS’ concerns for combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.

“Every Living Thing: How Pope Francis, Evangelicals and other Christian Leaders are inspiring all of us to Care for Animals” is available through online retailers for the suggested price of $16.99 on paperback and $9.95 for e-reader edition.

Print ISBN: 978-1-942011-09-5; iBook ISBN: 978-1-942011-10-1; other ebook (ePub) ISBN: 978-1-942011-11-8

For group orders of 50 books or more, contact Karen Allanach at kallanach@humanesociety.org

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 301-548-7793