About the new Catholic Catechism.

Email received October 2008:
The text to which is referred :
ion Pages 516 and 517
Numbers 2417 and 2294

and is as follows:

"God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image.
Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing.
They may be domesticated to help man in his work and leisure.
Medical and scientific experimentation on animals, if it remains within reasonable limits, is a morally acceptable practice since it contributes to caring for or saving human lives."

There can be no doubt that these passages from the new Catholic Catechism sanction animal abuse.

Pope Benedict's attitude is so different from that of the great Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a truly spiritual man. It was at the inauguration ceremony of the Medical Academy at the University of Delhi that Gandhi stated that vivisection was "the blackest of all crimes of which humanity is guilty against God and his creation."

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Reaction AAP :
“God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whom he created in his own image.”
The evil starts with this arrogant and unfounded assumption.
O yes, entrust animals to the stewardship of people who think they look like God and behave accordingly.
Even if we would accept this statement, we are staggered by the logic: “Hence it is legitimate to use animals for food and clothing”, as it opens the door to use animals in any consumptive or destructive way to help us “God-like creatures” in our work and leisure. 
This wide open door to animal abuse is illustrated by the statement that Medical and scientific experimentation on animals is considered a morally acceptable practice since it contributes to caring for or saving human lives.
Action Against Poisoning is saddened by a sorry religious moral standard in singular human interest that we cannot match with our humanistic moral standards on behalf of animals.

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Article from the 30 October 1992 edition of The Catholic Herald:


"Italian Franciscans are spearheading a worldwide campaign for a last-minute review of an article in the Church's new Universal Catechism which they claim renders animal vivisection legitimate.

The monks will launch their new drive by organising a 'march on the Vatican' - and they will have a menagerie of animals in tow. They are said to be keeping the date secret although it will take place on a Sunday and will be designed as a 'surprise' for Pope John Paul II when he appears at his balcony for the Angelus. The Franciscans are protesting against article 2,417 of the new catechism, to be officially promulgated on December 9.

The article says that within reasonable limits, scientific experimentation on animals is a morally admissible practice because it helps alleviate human suffering and could save human life. Franciscans, who number about 13,000 worldwide, have already sent the Pope a letter outlining their grievances."

Unfortunately the good Franciscan Monks were unable to influence the Pope. The new Catholic Catechism was later published in 1994."

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A retired Queen's Nursing Sister speaks out

The objective of NMRM is the

Nurses Movement for Responsible Medicine

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Advise read

books by Professor Pietro Croce and Dr Werner Hartinger


Pope Benedictus XVI
Pope Benedictus XVI is a ray of hope for the animals. At a common meal with modern youth from all over the world Pope Benedictus declined fish, meat and poultry. Instead the party used a vegetarian meal and the Pope said:
"The right way for Catholics to fight such horrible instutionalized animal torture is not to eat God's creatures and to nourish on vegetarian food instead".

Note from Action Against Poisoning: Although belated hopefully our wish for 2003 comes true!



In many more or less civilized countries animal rights and protection laws are non existent or disregarded due to cultural and economical reasons. Consequently animals are in peril of being neglected, hurt or painfully killed without any repercussion for the culprits. The issue has rock bottom priority on the political agenda. So we can not depend on the political system for effective laws and law enforcement.

We experienced that in Portugal people refer to their religion when they refuse to sterilize their cats and dogs: "we should not interfere in nature's course / God's creation". It is remarkable that by the same people deliberate poisoning of animals is accepted as a fact of life. Obviously this example shows a susceptibility for religious authority and a failing moral concept of animal rights.
It is sad to notice that the church - the herald on moral issues regarding creatures - is not heard on the issue of animal abuse.

If politicians fail to establish a better life for animals, the clerical leaders should take the moral stand. The animals deserve a honest and human judgement.
Please speak out! You might be their only hope.

Papst Benedikt XVI

Ein Lichtblick ist Papst Benedikt XVI. Bei einem gemeinsamen Essen mit Jugendlichen aus aller Welt verzichtete Papst Benedikt auf Fisch, Fleisch und Geflügel. Statt dessen wurde vegetarisch gegessen, und der Papst sagte:

„Der beste Weg, wie Katholiken gegen eine solch entsetzliche, institutionalisierte Tierquälerei angehen können, ist der, Gottes Geschöpfe
nicht zu essen und sich stattdessen vegetarisch zu ernähren.“