If you're pondering preparations for objections to animal ministries,
that I can help you with. I don't claim to have heard them all, since
variants arise daily, but certain themes recur.
So, in the spirit of
knowing "the enemy" - with the Christian purpose of making the enemy into a
friend - here are some objections you can expect to hear.
Ahem........ to begin...........
"People are more important than
"Why waste money on animals when people need it more?"
"Most people who care about animals are just neurotics or nut-cases who
hate people." [Hey, I get this one from clergy - it's more common than you'd
"Animal-rights people are just self-righteous elitists who
hate people and are killjoys." More bluntly put, animal advocates are
crazy old ladies in tennis shoes who hate people. [Why are they never crazy
old men? .... More on that gender thing in a minute.]
rights people are hypocrites because you benefit from animal suffering by
[fill in the blank...clothing, employment, medical advances, etc.].
Animal industries provide employment and benefits for people who would
otherwise be unemployed, impoverished, and lacking. You must hate [fill in
the blank - industry, employment, people who work hard, people who need to
feed their families, free enterprise, capitalism...etc.]
people eat animals than go hungry. Look at those cute Heifer Posters.
"God gave us dominion over them so we can do what we want to them."
Noah butchered all those animals and God "smelled a sweet savor", so God
In the Bible, they're always slaughtering lambs,
killing fatted calves, and eating animals and God doesn't care.
"When God lowered that blanket full of animals down before people in the
Book of Acts, He said to him "Here, Peter, kill and eat." So God wants
us to enjoy meat. He says so.
"Jesus ate fish, at least, and Sedar
is a lamb dinner - so Jesus ate meat and He never said we can't."
Sure I love animals...they're delicious! [Last heard that one from a deacon
So do you like rats and sharks and vermin?
Animals do not have souls so we are superior to them. They have no
personality or mentality; they are just machines. The Bible says so.
There are no animals in heaven.
Animal ministry is just a
mask for New Age Paganism or Nature Worship. Animal advocacy is
Vegetarianism is a cult - Hindu people are
vegetarian so, thus, it must be wrong for Christians.
advocacy is a heresy. Vegetarianism is a heresy.
We have a pet
blessing. That's enough as it is.
Animals don't pledge.
have a God-given right to eat meat; you have no right to impose your dietary
fascism on me!
If you animal advocates had your way, the life of an
animal would be the same as a human. Pretty soon we'd have, you know, people
marrying their dogs or something gross like that.
It's a slippery
slope - first, we'll just be animal friendly and then before you know it,
we'll be baptizing pets, having funerals for shelter euthanasia's and boxes
of McNuggets, and giving last rites to sick kittens...and then banning meat
from church dinners.
Animal advocacy is just a lot of stupid "Bambi
Syndrome" sentimentality. It's childish, effeminate, and silly, people who
never got over Bambi's mother getting shot.
[PS. If you never read
Felix Salten's BAMBI, read it. It's very powerful and saturated with Jewish
mysticism. Walt Disney changed the book dramatically and, regrettably, his
movie is the only real exposure most Americans have to the novel.
Another great book on deer in our culture is Matt Cantwell's VIEW TO A KILL
IN THE MORNING.]
Anti-hunting is just another plot to
Real men hunt.
Real men eat meat.
If we did not hunt and kill animals, they'd die slow deaths from starvation
which is much more painful - and you guys are supposed to be opposed to
animal suffering, right?
We have to kill animals to preserve the
balance of nature.
We're top of the food chain - God says so.
Hunting and killing is part of our primal animal instinct [you know, that
animal instinct that animals have that makes them inferior to us rational
Hunting is what men do ... hunting is manly, macho,
liberating. Women [except for Sarah Palin] do not understand such things
[warned you I would get to gender issues].
People who oppose hunting
oppose second amendment rights.
Hunting makes a man out of a boy -
it's a rite of passage, of manhood [I kill, therefore, I am].
these animals were raised for food so we might as well kill them anyhow.
We are making great strides in humane slaughter [like surgical
airstrikes]; the methods of dispatching an animal are so fast that "they
don't feel a thing."
Hey, I might as well eat that hamburger - the
cow's already dead.
A healthy diet requires meat.
I have to
eat meat for the protein.
Okay, I think it's important to protect
dogs and cats from abuse. They're pets. But not "consumables" like cows and
pigs and chickens. That's what they're for. Besides, they're dirty. And I
sure don't want to protect "icky" animals like snakes and rats and other
Meat is part of my heritage - look at that Norman Rockwell
Thanksgiving painting - why should I give that up? Dang it, meat tastes
Maybe a middle-class white elitist like you can afford a
meatless diet, but I can't!
Vegetarianism is a new "Legalism",
enslavement under a made-up law. Saint Paul said "No food fights in Church."
[He also said that rule about not seething a calf in his mother's milk is
not about cows, but people - see, damn it, the Gospel doesn't give a poo
"We gotta eat something!" [A direct quote from
Bishop Shelby Spong when I asked him about vegetarianism as Christian
response to suffering - and, no, that comment does not convey half the
derisiveness or dismissiveness of his tone. I hope he's changed his mind
You animal rights people are such a bunch of self-righteous
holier-than-thou judgmental killjoy fanatics! You're an embarrassment!
Who'd want to join a church that's animal friendly?
There are more important things to care about. With all the human
Jesus never did anything for animals except send all
those demons into the pigs and then drive the pigs into the sea where they
died. So...see...Jesus kills animals, too. He doesn't care about animals.
Animals? Who cares about them?
Okay, this is getting a little
toxic so I'm going to quit here. But, anyways, such comments as above are
typical of the kind of comments you get from people who oppose animal
advocacy - or thoughts they won't share with you but discuss with like
minded friends. It is a hard soil to till.
But this list might help
folks not only "anticipate where the objections arise" - because they come
from sophisticated bishops no less than garage mechanics - but what they
might say. Carol J Adams also has a great book, "Living with Carnivores"
something like that, because you will be asked and you will be
challenged...and you ARE pissing people off [pardon the urological
...just like the prophets who came before you.