A new film could revolutionise the way animals are perceived by millions, with it produced by The Guibord Center for Animal Defenders International called ANIMA. The film features influential leaders from 12 different faiths who all discuss the need for greater protection for animals.
The faiths included in the piece are Baha’i, Brahma Humaris, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu-ISKCON, Hindu-Vedanta, Ingidenous, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian, which have all recognised the importance of protecting animals.
This thought provoking film is the first time that this many different religions have united to speak up for animals, challenging the preconceptions of what religion says about human relationships with animals and our responsibilities towards them.
Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord is the Founder and President of The Guibord Center, said: “In the book of Genesis it is written ‘And God gave man dominion over the animals.’ That’s a mistranslation. It should read: ‘And God gave man responsibility, or stewardship.’ It shifts the whole notion of [the word].”
Rabbi Singer said: “Our belief in Judaism is that God never actually meant us to eat animals. In the Garden of Eden, God shows us the fruit of the trees, the grass in the fields, and says ‘You may have any of this to eat.’ But God never mentioned animals.”
Jan Creamer, President of ADI added: “Millions of people across the world draw their beliefs and percetions about the other species who share our planet, from their faith. There has never been a more important time to challenge the misunderstandings which have, in the past, been used to justify exploitation of animals. As Dr Lo Sprague says in ANIMA, every religion has compassion as part of its mandate. It is time to mobilize that.”