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RSPCA calls on clergy to celebrate animals

Animal welfare agency the RSPCA is inviting clergy to celebrate animals in their church services this autumn to help draw people’s attention to Animal Welfare Sunday on 5 October.

Oxford theologian the Rev Prof Andrew Linzey is encouraging Christians to make the most of the opportunity to reconsider their mandate to care for living creatures.

He said: “It is vital that Christians remember their specific responsibilities towards animals during this welcome renewal of environmental concern. What we call ‘the environment’ or ‘creation’ comprises individual creatures, many of them sentient, who need our care.

“Animal Welfare Sunday falls on 5 October and provides a real opportunity for clergy to organise services that both celebrate God’s creatures and underline the importance of behaving responsibly towards them.”

Full story at Christian Today.

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