The Christian Origins of the Humane Society

From Michael Paulson of the Boston Globe:

I’m not, myself, the world’s biggest animal lover, so it was with some trepidation that I traipsed over to the National Press Club in Washington on Saturday for a vegan luncheon for religion writers thrown by the Humane Society of the United States.

I had no idea what exactly the religion angle was here, but it turns out that the animal welfare cause started as a Christian movement, that the Humane Society has an employee whose title is “director of the animals and religion program,” and that the society is now embarked on an “All Creatures Great and Small” campaign aimed at religious congregations and schools. The campaign argues that the treatment of animals at factory farms is inconsistent with Christianity and many other faiths.