Church and Animal Protection
"I believe that God has created me and all creatures"
How some Christians handle with animals - a sad balance
In Italy more than 51 million people confess to the Catholic religion; in no other country live are so many priests and cardinals (1).
In Italy there are 1 million street dogs because Italian Christians every year abandon approx. 135,000 house dogs. Those which don’t starve or get poisoned, shot, knocked down by cars, land in the so-called Canili ("animal homes") where the operators almost hoard (mostly also Christians) these dogs and earn on every dog. 600,000 dogs "live" in this shelters, from Italian animal welfarists often called "a concentration camp" and have no chance to come out again one day.
They die there a slow and lonesome death, day after day and year after year a little bit more, while the Christian operators become millionnaires with this Canili, because they are paid for their "services" by the municipalities. Animal maltreatments and keeping on the chain are "normally" and cruelty to a dog is mostly classified as a bagatelle. And the priests? In Italy these preach down from the pulpit that animals have no soul and feel no pains, as it is reported over and over again about Italian animal welfarists.
In Hungary 54.5% of the people confess to the Roman-Catholic and to the Hungarian Greek-Catholic church (2).
In Hungary exist approx. 80 killing camps in which the locked up dogs are killed in the most crude way by theirs, just also catholic, attendants. Either by slowly active poison T 61 without previous anaesthesia, by shooting or starving, sometimes also, while one throws them in holes where they kill themselves in their fear of death or with one simply hit with a spade or an iron rod on their head. Either - if one has well hit - once, or also twice, three times or four times, until the dog does not stir any more.
Dogs of private owners eke out their life often on a chain which leaves them an range of 3-4 metres (with a lot of luck there also are on a 10-metre chain on a tree, so that the dog can run at least his life long round one tree) and from which one never releases them - day after day, year after year, until they have died. Ill dogs are brought by their Catholic owners in the killing camps, so that they can save money. And there are thousands of Catholic Hungarians who earn on unlawful puppy's trade, mercilessly and without every sympathy for the dog mothers and their two or three weeks old babies.
In Spain 92% of the population belong to the Roman-Catholic church (3).
In Spain are also thousands of abandoned dogs. The death expects them. Ten thousands traffic accidents per year with street dogs speak a clear language, but they are also simply shot, are poisoned or otherwise removed by the street scene. If they land at the Spanish animal homes, the "Perreras", they are "kept" under the cruelest conditions and then are killed.
Galgos and other greyhounds which can’t go hunting any more become useless for their owners, are hung (probably also by members of the Roman-Catholic church) living namely in such a way that their hind legs touch the ground still a little bit, so that they suffer as long as possible.
In Greece there are 94.7% Christians (4).
In Greece there are 300,000 street dogs respected. Abandoned because one became weary of them or the children have no more desire on their toys. Because the former puppy becomes bigger and also gets little tooth... Thousands eke out their life on the chain which is often so short that they can not even lie down. All over Greece the so-called "tonne dogs" are distributed, dogs whom one chains on a rusty metal tonne unprotected from the torrid sun in summer and from the cold of the winters, of course without enough water and feed.
Animal maltreatments are in Greece in the agenda: Poisoning, Beating to death, choping off of limbs, stabbing eyes out, pour over with acid, hang living or simply throw in the sea. The sad list of the animal maltreatments committed by these Christians can be continued arbitrarily. During the holiday season they show the tourists their animal-loving site, but that’s a fake. When the tourists are gone, every year begins the big killing.
In Bulgaria 83.9% of the population call themselves Christians (5).
In Bulgaria existed till recently the so-called "insulators" in which one brought the caught street dogs. Since in 2008 a protection of animals law was remitted, they call them "animal homes". However, nothing has changed: These dogs are pent-up there still under the cruelest conditions and are killed in the end. Hundred thousands of abandoned dogs were poisoned during the last years by the Bulgarians confessing to the Christianity, were killed, drowned, burnt down living, hung or shot.
At one of the "animal homes" the living dogs were thrown in 2008 into the adjoining lion's enclosure of a zoo where they might run - in vain – for their life, while the animal home operator financed himself a nice life with the subsidies of the municipality. Animal maltreatments on the part of the predominantly confessing to the Christianity Bulgarians is also in this country in the agenda.
In Romania there are 5.6% of the population Catholics, 6.7% of Protestants (6).
Here the killing of ALL street dogs is deliberated currently. For many years they are hunted, beaten to death, stabbed, shot. The caught street dogy are dragged over the streets bleeding, thrashing and full fear of death and are brought into "animal homes" where they expects the bare horror and death.
Since 2004 millions of street dogs were murdered in Romania. In Romania the animal is decontaminated as tiresome garbage, pitilessly and under use of the most crude methods. Everybody who has considered with this nightmare will never forget . Maltreatment of the dogs, hanging living animals, football matches - not with a ball, but with puppies which are 2 or 3 weeks old - or injuring the animals "for fun" excited here nobody. These are only filthy curs.
In Cyprus there are 77% of the population orthodox Christians (7).
Also here thousands of house dogs are abandoned. Also here is poisoning (above all with Lannate which causes death pangs lasting for days) and animal maltreatments in the agenda.
Also here the people don’t think that animals are living beings capable of suffering and to feel pains. Also here parents watch stock-still how their children torment cats and dogs. Also here there are killing stations where the delivered or caught dogs are killed after 22 days no matter whether puppy or old dogs, there is spared nobody.
Now, I could continue the enumeration of the horror which is in countries of Christian faith in the agenda arbitrarily...
And the church?
The indifference of the church towards the animals makes stunned.
As a big German animal welfare organisation had recently written up to the pope and 16 dioceses and had asked for assistance, four dioceses answered that they are not able to promote the protection of animals in the church, the others did not answer at all and from the Vatican came the answer that "in the Catholic church animals would have no place" that “the topic animal welfare is too far away from the radius Vatican and the central duties of the Vatican" (8).
Exactly this uninterested, human-loving position of the church towards our animal cocreatures is one of the causes for millionfold animal maltreatments which are virtually legitimised with it.
Although the Bible is full of reports of God's care for all creatures and because the good being to the animals is a self-evident fact, this is why one has circumscribed the centre of the Christian faith, the surrender of the life of Jesus for the sins of the people, with the picture of the good shepherd: "I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep" (9).
Sure, the church has no political power and can remit no protection of animals laws, but it is incredibly mighty. Incredibly concerning their possibility to influence people morally.
A small example:
Fancy a big family in Sicily at lunch. There you will be able to assume from the fact that a relatively high noise level rules. Everybody talks all at once and the television, besides, still runs. circumscribed If a speech of the pope transfers then, however, one will hear in this space immediately a pin falling, because everybody will hear fascinatedly on this what "Papa" has to say.
If the church confessed, finally, clearly to their responsibility for our cocreatures, millions of animals could be saved just in South and East Europe. Because in countries as for example Italy "the people listen to what the church has to say has to say ".
As long as the church doesn’t concede the animals to have a soul, as long as the Christians are not called clearly to take over responsibility towards the animals and to respect them as cocreatures, these are relegated to a painless matter and treated accordingly.
But the church is quiet.
The church is there for people only.
The subject is excluded.
No tone in addition on the part of the pope in "Urbi et orbi", no word in addition on the part of the priests, cardinals and bishops in the services.