No one who lives with a dog could doubt dogs have feelings, but some doubt they have a soul.
So I was interested to read this report in the New York Times about what Pope Francis said recently to a grieving little boy whose dog had died. Reportedly the Pope said, 'Paradise is open to all of God's creatures.'
The implications if we believe this are huge, in terms of how we deal with other species. I guess it doesn't automatically suggest we should be vegans - though I know some would think so - but at the very least it directs us to deal ethically with animals under our control.
I hate the exporting of live sheep from Australia to other countries.
I hate the torturing of chickens in cages.
I hate the evil treatment of sows in sow pens
Oh, there are so many practices that I could now regard as not only disturbing, but as a sin against God's creatures.