Skip to Main Content

WWJD … to Animals?

Written by PETA | June 15, 2010

Anyone who’s ever wondered whether Christianity and compassion for animals are compatible should check out Oliver Thomas’ USA Today column “What’s the Godly Way to Treat Animals?” Thomas, a Baptist preacher, speaks out against chaining dogs and factory farming abuses, including “packing animals shoulder to shoulder in their own excrement” and “wiring them into cages where their personal space is smaller than a piece of printer paper.” I especially like what Thomas has to say about people who dodge their duty to spay and neuter their animal companions: “With free and discounted spay/neuter opportunities galore, that’s inexcusable.” Amen to that!

Be sure to read the whole column, share it with your Christian friends and family, and leave a comment thanking Thomas and USA Today for this great piece. Then check out and for information about how other religions believe that animals should be treated.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

Commenting is closed.
  • Bob says:

    I my self am an atheist but its nice to see churches are spreading the good word about animal rights!

  • Saucy says:

    And they called it Big Butter Jesus………. I wonder what they call it now. Reading this article was so upsetting to me I could barely sleep last night. So I hurried to pop this post out this morning and didn’t do a spell check. Sorry for all the misspelled words. He who hastens……………

  • Saucy says:

    Odd is too small a word. Let’s go with “supernatural” coincidence. On the very same day that this article went to press dipicting Jesus as a man of violence and spiller of blood God in his infinite wisdom was busy making some headlines of his own. In Marion Ohio USA that very day God struck down a six story high statue of their phony violent Jesus tore into flames with a single ightening bolt. Sadly it wasn’t just their statue that burned all of their equipment in preperation of an upcming fourth of July celebration of our independence and constitution. I’m quessng God probably got their dead pigs and cows they were set to devour as well. But they would never tell you that part. Because instead of following God’s Law absolutly forbiding the consumption of the BLOOD OF BEASTS their going to go their own way just as they did in the Bible. Time after time God had to strike them down throughout the Bible to get through to the this is the unpardonable sin. TALK ABOUT A BLIND SPOT. If Jesus was a spiller of blood his spilt blood meant nothing. Shame on you Shame on all of you Churches. Liars Hypocrites! Mr. Thomas you are no Ghandi. If I were you I would stick to consitutional law and definately stopped defaming Jesus in the national news.

  • Lois says:

    There are 613 laws in the Pentateuch and not one of them instructs people to be kind to animals. Quite a lot of them are detailed instructions about how to kill animals in disgusting brutal gory sacrifices to a bloodthirsty deity. Dogs regarded as worthless vermin were used as a metaphor for evildoers. They were so low in human esteem that they don’t even warrant a place in the lists of clean and unclean beasts very likely it was just assumed that everyone knew them to be “unclean.” Using the Bible to support vegetarianism is like asking Hitler for instructions on how to be nice to people. Why bother? Aren’t there more uplifting writings that favor the veganvegetarian lifestyle? If the Bible is the best you can do then you aren’t looking hard enough.

  • Lola says:

    AAG Thank you so much! I will have a look and mention it at the next staff meeting. These ideas could easily be incorporated into RE lessons and the curriculum. Thanks again! Lola xoxo

  • Dawn Maya says:

    i don’t like when certain people claim to be a child of God and hurts Gods animals! God is love not sadist! thanks peta for helping animals wer need more people to stand up for them!!!

  • AAG says:

    Lola Tell them about Catholic Concern for Animals Go vegan it is a moral imperative.

  • Saucy says:

    I think we all know what Jesus would do……..or we don’t know Jesus. I’m sorry but you are never going to convince me that my Lord and Savior the King of a Vegan Kingdom is a meateater. THAT IS A LIE FROM HELL. Don’t you know preacher that the devil is liar and the Bible is far from perfect. It says so itself on the very first page. It is full of well it says “grave errors” and “marred with mistakes” in other words LIES. And the last page of the Bible same thing It curses the liars who manipulatd the text. That includes you preacher. Please don’t print Jesus was a meateater and killer of animals in the USA today. Shame on you. I am APPALLED by this article.

  • Ana says:

    Everysinglething Mr. Georgi Tashev has said for Bulgaria goes for Serbia too! This place here is hell on earth for animals! Love to all good compassionate people.

  • Owl says:

    It doesn’t matter which race religion sex or how wealthy a person is animal and child abuse comes from all walks of life. It must be stopped now. Thankyou to Oliver Thoman for his comment and I hope it reaches at least one person.

  • Melody Jacobsohn says:

    Please lets all work together to stop the atrocities to animals. Thank you Oliver Thomas. Gods grace to you.

  • Lola says:

    Such a coincidence… I had this very same conversation at school today with some girls who are fundraising for charities! I teach in a Catholic girls’ school. I suggested they raise money for the Humane Society who are helping animals on in the Gulf oil spill and they told me they wanted to but weren’t allowed because they had to choose a ‘human charity’. But this is not a Christian way of thinking. Christianity is about elevating those with the lowest status giving a voice to those who don’t have one. The girls agreed completely and said they will raise that argument with their teacher

  • Georgi Tashev says:

    Peta must check the dog and animal situation in Bylgaria. That country could be N1 in animal abuse at anypoint. So many killed dogs in front of people kids…. Just for fun… No shelters as in there in the world. That actually is not shelters Is it place to find the death who knows how and by waht way. And the goverment keep silence in that direction.

  • Danielle says:

    Thank you for writing such a great piece and sticking up for the many animals that do not have a voice! People should be ashamed and take a more compassionate approach to animals and the world in general. Please keep up the good work with public articles to raise awareness.

  • heather says:

    all i can do is cry

  • melissa says:

    this is outrageous!!!! how dare people that treat ANY living thing with such crultey call themselevs a Christian!!!! Shame Shame Shame!!!!

  • patsy says:

    my animals are my kids very well behaved kids people have no right to abuse animals i believe how you treat them in this life well you know

  • charlene enzell says:

    we get fined for cars and other things that do not have feelings i think we should fine people for the way they treat there animals or i mean the way they keep them 111111111111111

  • Rebekah says:

    This is so true! The picture of that poor dog makes me so sad. You can tell from his eyes how scared and miserable he is.

  • Charline says:

    Looking at this picture makes my heart ache. This poor dog probably have never known love. Although I’m and Atheist I agree with Oliver Thomas and his words and concerns about animals abuse.

  • beas basu says:

    i strongly believe love is beyond everything and i belive in love and i love all animals……

  • Denise says:

    Peta thank you for this post. I read an awful AWFUL article on how some “Christians” are regarding animal treatment. Read this article you can delete it after if you’d like. NOT all Christians are like this… some are just messed right up in the head. httpwww.landoverbaptist.orgnews0404easter.html

  • Donna Marie Adams says:

    This is so sad…..what is wrong with people? Shame shame shame. When I see this type of treatment to animals and people I wonder about this thing called christianity

  • Stephanie says:

    it makes me sick what humans will do to animals….get a grip people

  • Sharon M. Richwine says:

    Thank you PETA for striving to protect the animals. I can’t imagine how horrible it would be without you. I wish that people would stop being so cruel to other living things. Maybe one day with your work it will end.

  • Aneliese says:

    Good article but I personally believe animal rights is a religion all by itself.