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animal rights

  1. 1. ANIMAL RIGHTS Religious viewpoints Christianity and Muslim
  2. 2. CHRISTIANITY <ul><li>All Christians believe that animals are part of God’s creation and humans have a duty towards animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Most Christians believe humans should not be cruel to animals: farmers should care for livestock; animals for food should be killed in a humane way and animals should only be used in scientific experiments if totally necessary. </li></ul>
  3. 3. HOWEVER… <ul><li>They believe humans have the right to use animals for food. </li></ul><ul><li>And for experiments which will advance technology ( testing new drugs etc). </li></ul>
  4. 4. They think this because… <ul><li>God is the creator of animals as well as humans. </li></ul><ul><li>God gave us the right to control animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals do not have rights since only humans can have rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Because human beings are made in the image of God. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Other Christians are opposed to …. <ul><li>Animals being used either for food or for experiments. </li></ul><ul><li>They are vegetarians. </li></ul><ul><li>They oppose animals being used for food or experiments. </li></ul><ul><li>They also oppose hunting and fishing. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Let the law of kindness show no limits. Show loving consideration for all God’s creatures.’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Quaker archive) </li></ul>
  6. 6. They think this because… <ul><li>God created animals and humans. </li></ul><ul><li>Humans have the duty to care for all God’s creation as stewards of the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians should never be cruel as Jesus said he was the good shepherd who would lay down his life for his sheep. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals have the same rights as humans. </li></ul>
  7. 7. MUSLIM VIEWPOINT.
  8. 8. MUSLIMS BELIEVE … <ul><li>Humans should not be cruel to animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals which are used for food should be slaughtered humanly. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals should only be used for scientific experiments when absolutely necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting can only be done for food not sport. </li></ul>
  9. 9. HOWEVER… <ul><li>They believe that humans have a right to use animals for food. </li></ul><ul><li>Humans have the right to use animals for experiments that will bring about new drugs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. THEY BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE… <ul><li>The Qur’an says that animals are part of God’s creation. </li></ul><ul><li>The Qur’an teaches that animals have feelings and must be dedicated to God when slaughtered. </li></ul><ul><li>The Qur’an states that humans may use certain animals for food. </li></ul><ul><li>The Shari’ah teaches that animals can be used for experiments, but only for the benefit of humankind. </li></ul>

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