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beliefs, you can test your knowledge of what various religions have to say
about the issues. We guarantee some surprises!
In 1992, the Sephardic chief rabbi of Tel Aviv issued
a rabbinical ruling that Jews should not:
a. eat fish.
b. wear fur.
ANSWER: b. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Halevy
issued a ruling prohibiting the manufacture and wearing of fur. He found
these practices unethical, based on his research of the Torah, the Talmud,
and other texts.
What activities did Mohammed, the founder of Islam,
a. Keeping animals in
b. Wearing animals’ skin.
c. Experimenting on
ANSWER: All of the above.
Koran quotes the prophet Mohammed as saying, “A good deed done to an animal is as
meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty
to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.” Mohammed
called it “a great sin for a man to imprison those animals which are in
his power,” banned all animal fights and forbade the commercial trade in
animal skins. Retired Islamic imam Al-Hafiz Basheer Ahmad Masri, an expert
on Islamic teachings on animals, says that “any interference with the body
of a live animal which causes pain or disfigurement is contrary to the
What did Pope Pius V forbid in 1567?
c. Veal production.
ANSWER: a. Outraged at animal
suffering, the pope forbade bullfights and other animal torture fiestas.
Fill in the blank: In the story of the multiplication
miracle, Jesus fed the masses with loaves and _____.
ANSWER: d. Evidence indicates that
the miracle that has come to be known as the story of the loaves and the
fishes did not originally include fish. Some biblical scholars contend
that the Greek word for “fishweed” (a dried seaweed) was later
mistranslated as “fish.” Fishweed was a popular food among the Palestinian
peasants and was likely to have been in a basket with bread. In other
stories, Jesus calls fishers away from killing animals and tells them to
be “fishers of men.” He pleads with them to show mercy to all beings,
quoting Hosea: “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.”
Who said, “We are all God’s creatures—that we pray to
God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals
that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.”
a. Albert Schweitzer.
c. Leonardo da Vinci.
ANSWER: b. Nobel Peace Prize winner
Isaac Bashevis Singer told one interviewer, “My vegetarianism is my
religion, and it's part of my protest against the conduct of the world.”
Schweitzer, da Vinci and Einstein were all vegetarians, too. Great minds
Which country has the most faith-based
d. The United States.
ANSWER: c. India, home of Buddhism
and Hinduism, has the most faith-based vegetarians, followed by Israel.
Buddha commanded his followers not to kill
animals, and the Buddhist text Surangama Sutra says that “if we eat the
flesh of living creatures, we are destroying the seeds of compassion.” The
Tirukural, a 2,000-year-old Hindu text, states: “When a man realizes that
meat is the butchered flesh of another creature, he must abstain from
On Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, Jewish law
a. eating meat.
c. wearing leather.
ANSWER: b and c. In addition to
fasting, Jewish law directs that no leather be worn on Yom Kippur because
one cannot ask for compassion while dressed in the products of suffering.
Which biblical figures were vegetarians?
a. Adam and Eve.
ANSWER: a, b, and c. Genesis tells us
that Adam and Eve were vegetarians in the Garden of Eden, and, according
to Clement of Alexandria (himself a vegetarian), Matthew, too, was an
ethical vegetarian. Many biblical scholars believe Jesus was an Essene, a
member of a vegetarian sect of Judaism. Find out more at http://www.jesus-online.com/.
Who founded the world’s first animal welfare
a. A prince.
b. A priest.
d. A nun.
ANSWER: b. An Anglican priest, Arthur
Broome, founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in
England in 1824.
True or False?
The Bible gives humans dominion
ANSWER: False. To say God gave humans
dominion is a mistranslation of Genesis 1:28. On the sixth day, God created human beings
and animals, and, in Genesis 1:28, God calls for humane stewardship of
animals, immediately afterward commanding a vegetarian diet (“I have given
you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and
every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.”).
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