As Barbara Gardner, founder of the Animal Interfaith Alliance, has so often pointed out, nearly all religions have something good to say about non-human animals (such as the Golden Rule), but too often they have ignored their own words. Yet literally billions of humans claim to be religious. The animals could do with having them on their side. Joyce D’Silva’s concise and learned book is a major step in the right direction.

Animal Welfare in World Religion consists of five chapters, each dealing with one religion – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – and one final ...


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