As Pope
Benedict XVI resigns from the papacy
, PETA hopes that the newly elected
pope will also encourage believers to respect animals, as Benedict and his
predecessor Pope John Paul

Sergey Gabdurakhmanov | cc by 2.0 

When asked about the rights of animals in a 2002 interview, the
pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, responded, “That is a very serious
question. At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we
cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God’s creatures . . . Certainly,
a sort of industrial use of creatures, so
that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so
packed together
that they become just caricatures of
birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to
contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible.”

You can learn more about the Bible’s teachings about care and
concern for animals at

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Article source: PETA Files

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