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    Posted February 27, 2014 by
    Huntsville, Alabama


    Religion has historically played a vital part in the shaping of the current values adopted within the Humane Society of the United States. It is America’s premier animal protection organization rescuing and caring for hundreds of thousands of animals since 1954. It operates within duel realms, discovering animal cruelty and preventing it before it occurs. This organization supporting the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs currently has 11.5 million members.
    The Faith Outreach program was developed as a separate program in 2006 to revitalize the faith community’s role in animal welfare. Christine Gutleben currently serves as the Faith Outreach Program’s Senior Director, who is committed to serving the faith community through programs and information established to undergird animal protection. COGIC’s stand on animal rights appears in the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) online library that showcases statements from major faith traditions operating within the United States. Through the diligent efforts of Karen Allanach, (Associate Director, Faith Outreach) and Dr. Antonia Gorman (Research Assistant, Faith Outreach) an online library was implemented as a religious based educational network, established as an e-tool to engage people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues. Gutleben coordinates the Church Wellness Clinic with faith organizations, which allows the HSUS to give free veterinary treatment to animals throughout the United States. Failure to spay/neuter pets causes animal shelter over population which leads to pet euthanasia. Free spay/neuter treatments are administered along with a wide variety of other animal services. Church Wellness Clinics are administered successfully by the collaboration of churches in a given area, calling for stewards to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures. For information scheduling free animal screening in your area visit the link faith@humanesociety.org.
    In support of the need for the humane treatment of animals Pastor Michael Eaddy of People’s Church of the Harvest, Church of God in Christ in Chicago, IL hosted a meeting at his church which lead to the formation of the Ministers Against Animal Cruelty (MAAC). To groups like this one several animal protection issues are of immediate concerns such as dog and cock fighting, factory farming, cage free eggs and the incorporation of vegetation meals at church functions at a healthy alternative. The following links address current issues concerning animal treatment.
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