Animal Rights in Spiritualism
Aims & Policy
We aim to function in the same way as any other animal rights group, promoting a cruelty- free life-style while campaigning against animal abuse; the only difference being that A.R.I.S. literature will emphasise the spiritual side of the argument and our venues for setting up stall will be churches/centres/spiritual events worldwide.
Our words will be designed to bring about an awareness of the fact that animals are not only able to suffer on a physical, mental and emotional level, just as we are but have a spirit capable of love, thought and survival over death… survival, that is, in their own right, not dependent upon having a loving bond with a human.
Other creatures are not here for our use but for their own spiritual progression. What Great Spirit worth its light would divine a law that favoured one species at the expense of another? Material bodies, whether human, animal, vegetable or mineral are just vehicles for the soul to work through and when they are shed, the spirit within is seen as the sum of the love it gave in life…..or didn’t.
Because we have entered bodies with greater brain capacity than that of some other animals, we have a duty to protect and care for them where it is needed and to leave them to fulfil their lives in their own environment where not. We cannot think that, because they may have a lower intellect than ours, they have nothing to offer but their bodies for us to eat, wear, torment and experiment upon in the name of sport, science or our taste-buds, no more than we would consider roasting a mental patient for lunch.
So, where limited intelligence cannot be used as an excuse to inflict torture, society will look for a blessing to absolve itself of all wrong-doing…. in religion. Most faiths have a lot to answer for in this respect, for, their denial that an animal has a soul implies not only that it has little sensitivity to pain and fear, but adds weight, in their follower’s eyes, to the belief that its life is pointless beyond one of servitude to homo sapiens.
Others suggest that these creatures do have a soul but know they are here for human benefit, gladly giving themselves as a sacrifice for our good. Tell that to the cow who walked five miles, searching frantically for her calf who had been taken away to slaughter, the turkey, cramped in a crowded shed with no windows, suffering painful joints due to the way it is bred for the Christmas dinner plate, or the laboratory animal living in near darkness, having a fit after being force-fed drugs through a stomach tube. It may be true that most of these victims do not bear a grudge (and it is this selfless virtue that is picked up by some psychics who put forward this theory) but that does not mean they accept the horrors we inflict upon them.
Let us have a voice on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, from the rostrum, in the newspapers and after service at every spiritualist/psychic centre in the world. Pledge your help now. Here’s what to do:
Become a vegan even if it means being a vegetarian for a while first. (Information available.)
Live a cruelty free life-style, supporting only those charities and buying only those products that adhere to that. ( Lists available. )
Don’t wear fur, leather, wool or silk ; keep caged animals or birds; patronise zoos, circuses or pet shops. Do support and adopt from animal sanctuaries.
Ask your church/centre if you may have a regular stall, displaying our leaflets and petitions, weekly, monthly or even just at special times such as ‘World Day for Laboratory Animals’, ‘Christmas’, etc.
We ask for no subscription to join A.R.I.S. and our leaflets are free to active contacts but you may need to fund-raise for your own branch in order to run your campaigns and organise local events. You may find it sufficient to hold the occasional sponsored dog walk, vegan buffet evening for the church congregation (each member of your group brings a tasty dish and you put a price on the portions) or appeal for jumble and hold a sale.
Our scientific advisors are The British Anti-vivisection Association who are morally driven by the suffering of animals but fight vivisection on medical grounds, believing this plays a major part in getting it stopped. Our spokesman on these issues, Patrick Rattigan N.D., will answer any queries. Like us, B A.V.A want all animal experiments banned and their literature may be ordered, along with our own, from A.R.I.S but any other animal rights leaflets, which may be necessary in order to educate the public as to what goes on, must be had from the groups concerned.
Write letters of protest to the spiritual press stating our views on animal rights and if you are a speaker include a short talk on this subject in your philosophy.
Join your local A.R.group
Last but not least, when you have made your church familiar with the leaflets, ask their permission to show a DVD of animal suffering in laboratories, factory farms etc. These are not for the faint-hearted but are a good way of motivating the apathetic to do something and it opens the eyes of those who think animals are well cared for in these establishments. We all are horrified by these scenes but we need to be armed with the truth and our suffering is nothing compared to that of these desperate creatures. To take the attitude that it upsets you too much to watch and then donate to the high street medical research charities because you were ignorant of the fact that they used defenceless creatures in this way only serves to demonstrate a need to digest what the film had to offer. ( Certain DVDs may be had from BAVA and others from groups like Animal Aid, Shac, Speak, Hillside animal Sanctuary,Norfolk, etc )
There will be a yearly newsletter to which your reports will be most welcome.
In the meantime contact us, if you need to, for help or information as regards anything written here and for the forthcoming events list.
Below are some extracts from both the teachings and philosophy of the renowned guide Silver Birch regarding animal abuse:
“How can that which is cruel be right? How can that which causes pain, inflicts torture, be right? It is contrary to all that we teach. It is wrong to experiment on those who are not capable of resisting.
Your world cannot produce remedies for the diseases which it has created by living contrary to the laws of The Great Spirit.
There will be found remedies for all your diseases but they will not be found by experiments on animals.”
“ It was never part of the plan that man should consume his brother and sister in whatever form life manifested itself.”
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