I am new to this forum and apologise if this topic is in the wrong thread (please move it if so )
I work as an teacher in a Catholic school and a few days ago I got talking with the kids about a topic that is very close to my heart. I take great guildance from St. Francis
The treatment of animals. After some time some kids were asking what the Holy Father though, and I found this by him
When he was asked about cruelty to animals in a 2002 interview, he said, “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.” Cardinal Ratzinger was echoing official church teachings laid out in the Catholic Catechism, which states clearly that “Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals. . . . It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.
The children asked me to sign a following:
If some people here could sign also I think it would be of great benefit.
I know some people will disagree with me but i hope you can help.
Thanks for you time.