Ending the Cruel Wildlife Trade

Ending the Cruel Wildlife Trade | We are currently in the midst of the greatest extinction crisis since the dinosaurs. Experts estimate that 30-50% of all species could be extinct by 2050. Unfortunately, this crisis is caused by human action—climate change, habitat loss, and, sadly, the cruel trade in wildlife parts and products such as ivory. Currently, 100 African elephants are killed every single day for their tusks. The United States is the second largest market for parts and products from endangered species after China. As Americans and as Catholics we have a moral obligation to work to end wildlife trafficking. During his historic trip to Africa, Pope Francis urged action against traff

Can Catholics Commit to Reducing Our Meat Consumption?

I just returned from the St. Francis Alliance retreat, where I learned more about Catholic teaching on care of animals and the ways that animals suffer at the hands of humans. Laudato Si reminds us of our obligation as Catholics to care for animals and respect their inherent worth: “We must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.” (Laudato Si – 67) “Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity.’” (Laudato Si – 92) This is lifted up by the St. Francis Alliance and a fantastic organization I learned about in the U.K. that has been in existence since 1929,

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