Animals and World Religions
Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2011
In this comprehensive examination, Lisa Kemmerer explores animal-friendly teachings in the world's indigenous and dominant religious traditions, including the religions of India (Vedic/Hindu, Buddhist/Jain), China (Daoism and Confucianism), and the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Kemmerer writes with a keen eye to contemporary relevance, practical application, and moral hot-spots (such as our relations with environment and dietary choice). Standing at the intersection of religion, ethics, and animal advocacy, Animals and World Religions demonstrates that rethinking how we treat nonhuman animals is essential for anyone claiming one of the world's great religions.
"Kemmerer demonstrates many times over that the core, fundamental teachings
of the religions of the world are 'radically friendly' to other-than-human
animals, demanding respect, justice, and compassion. With the publication of
her book, the future of religion-and-animal-studies will be forever
changed-for the better."