The Anglican Church's Position
The Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare
The following resolution was adopted by the Episcopal Church's
General Convention in 2003.
Topic/Title: Stewardship: The Protection of Animals from Cruel Treatment
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 74th General Convention recognize that responsible care of animals falls within the stewardship of creation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Episcopal Church encourage its members to ensure that husbandry methods for captive and domestic animals would prohibit suffering in such conditions as puppy mills, and factory-farms; and be it further
Resolved, That the Episcopal Church’s Peace and Justice Office identify existing guidelines to educate its members to adhere to ethical standards in the care and treatment of animals; and be it further
Resolved, That the Episcopal Church, through its Office of Government Relations, identify and advocate for legislation protecting animals and effective enforcement measures.
The Worldwide Anglican ResponseIn 1998 the Lambeth Conference adopted the following resolution.
Resolution 1.8 Creation
This conference: (a) reaffirms the
biblical vision of creation according to which: Creation is a web of inter
dependent relationships bound together in the covenant which God the Holy
Trinity has established with the whole earth and every living being.
The Church has spoken. All creation is imbued with God's Spirit and
must be treated with reverence. We are called to make personal and
corporate sacrifices on behalf of creation. It is no longer an option for
members to ignore the suffering of our fellow creatures. We are called to
"ensure" that the suffering that occurs for animals in conditions such as
factory farms is prohibited. We must take actions to that end,
educate others, and seek to advocate for legislation that will protect
animals. Such action will include making wise and merciful choices about
what we buy and what food we eat, choices that will sometimes be
difficult. This is a necessary step in following the persistent call to
mercy and justice.
Anglicans on Animal Welfare:
Heaven" by an Episcopal priest & biologist