AR-News: Episcopal Church's Resolution For The Humame Treatment Of Animals

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Sun Aug 10 19:18:05 EDT 2003

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Subj: Re: Episcopal Church's Resolution for the Humane Treatment of Animals 
Date: 8/10/2003 12:09:26 PM Eastern Standard Time 
From: <A HREF="mailto:veganvirago at">veganvirago at</A> 

From: L S: vegiedog1 at
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 2003 9:00 PM
Subject: Good News! Resolution on the humane treatment of animals

As everyone probably knows, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church
has been immersed in controversy.  However, a little-known resolution
concerning the humane treatment of animals did pass and is now an official
policy of the Episcopal Church.  A copy of this important church legislation
is copied below.  I am extremely happy that churches are finally realizing
the importance of treating our fellow non-humans with kindness and respect.

Regards,   Linda

"* FINAL VERSION - Concurred

Resolution D016
Topic/Title:   Stewardship: The Protection of Animals from Cruel Treatment
Proposer:   The Rev. Canon David Shoulders (Indianapolis)


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.

* Resolution is final but status and text are still under review before

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