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PostReligion and Compassion for Animals (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 09/27/16 3:36 am)
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi.
He was a Hindu, however.
In the Christian tradition the foremost equivalent of an animal lover is St. Francis of Assisi, who referred to Creation and its animals as brothers and sisters of humankind.
By these metrics, China remains a backward and low-level society with its Cantonese annual celebration of dog and cat torturing before killing and eating them. Only Panda lovers defend these "traditions."
JE comments: I've pointed out before that a love of animals unites WAISers of every political stripe. To St Francis we should add one of my favorite Catholic saints: the Peruvian "Mulatto" Martín de Porres, who healed the sick, eschewed meat and according to legend, had the gift of talking to the animals. He is often depicted with a plate at his feet, from which a dog, a cat, and a mouse are eating peacefully.
St Martín de Porres, 1579-1639