Respect for life and the urge to act to relieve suffering

by visionary artist Madeleine Tuttle

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All the world’s major religions have their own form of the Golden Rule that teaches kindness to others as the essence of their message. They all recognize animals as sentient and vulnerable to us, and include them within the moral sphere of our behavior. There are also strong voices in all the traditions emphasizing that our kindness to other beings should be based on compassion. This is more than merely being open to the suffering of others; it also explicitly includes the urge to act to relieve their suffering. We are thus responsible not just to refrain from harming animals and humans, but also to do what we can to stop others from harming them, and to create conditions that educate, inspire, and help others to live in ways that show kindness and respect for all life. This is the high purpose to which the core teachings of the world’s wisdom traditions call us. It is an evolutionary imperative, a spiritual imperative, an imperative of compassion, and, in reality, a vegan imperative.

Prayer Circle for Today
Today let us send our prayers to all the “companion animals” suffering homelessness, abuse, and/or lives in breeding mills.

May compassion and love reign over all the earth for all “companion animals” who are suffering at the hands of human beings.

Dear dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes, mice, turtles, birds, ferrets, sugar gliders, frogs, and so many others. We pray for you that you may have peace and joy in this precious life of yours.

Some of you want to live free of human interference, and some of you truly want to be part of your human family. We bear witness to your suffering; we do what we can to end your suffering and to encourage others to do the same; and we continually send out an energy field of love and compassion to comfort you and to transform the hearts and souls of those who support the cruelty and oppression of each of you.

Our love is all around you. Compassion encircles the earth for each of you and for all beings.

( 7 daily prayers by Judy Carman – our daily VegInspiration For The Day – our Prayer Circle For Animals Weekly Update – our Prayer Circle For Animals Facebook Group – our online self-paced WPD Facilitator Training – our WPD Facebook Group

Original watercolor painting by Madeleine Tuttle

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