AuthorsClough, David L.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe encyclical Laudato Si’ builds on and extends previous Roman Catholic church teaching on animals to affirm their value as beloved creatures of God and reject anthropocentric claims that they were created merely to provide for human needs. It draws on the Franciscan tradition to affirm other animals as our sisters and brothers, and notes that these relationships have implications for our treatment of animals. The encyclical fails to connect concern for other-than-human animals with critiques of industrial animal agriculture, however, which is an odd omission given its consideration of other practical issues such as the genetic manipulation of plant and animals, its express concern for biodiversity, and its call for an ecological conversion in the context of climate change. This chapter begins by surveying the valuable framework the encyclical sets up for understanding the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics. It then describes how we are using animals for food today. Finally, it makes the case that the encyclical’s framework demands obvious and urgent changes in the way we make use of other animals for food.
CitationClough, D. L. (2020). Rethinking Our Treatment of Animals in Light of Laudato Si’. In McKim, R. (Ed.), Laudato Si’ and the Environment: Pope Francis’ Green Encyclical (pp. 95-104). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in 'Rethinking our treatment of animals in light of Laudato Si’ on 2020-forthcoming, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138588813
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