Religious leaders from many diverse faith traditions will carry a
single message to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7: Be kind to animals.
Leaders of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and other
faith traditions will gather in the Cannon Caucus Room in the nation's
capital to sign a historic "Proclamation for Animal Compassion." The
document represents an extraordinary event when religious leaders will
join together to support a single concept--kindness to animals--and urge
leaders of the world's religions to unite in this movement for
compassion and mercy to all living things.
A 2006 poll commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society revealed that
89 percent of Americans agree that "we have a moral obligation to
protect the animals in our care." On the basis of that poll, Best
Friends convened a group of leaders who produced the proclamation,
which took shape during the height of the Michael Vick animal cruelty
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