The suffering of animals

Helen Porter offers a Quaker response to animal suffering

'I cannot believe it is the Creator’s will that the preservation of human health should involve the torture of other creatures...' | Photo: judepics / flickr CC.

This spring I followed ‘A Quaker Response to Animal Suffering’, a Woodbrooke online course, which was an exploration of attitudes to animals, through historical, theological and cultural perspectives. It also included a very clear picture of the uses (and abuses) we make of animals today, and how people are working to counter animal suffering. It presented the challenge: how should Quakers be responding?

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