Hi, it’s Chris Packwolf, nature correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was delighted to see that Marc Latham has written another article for his Natural World Media channel on Suite 101.
God, Humanity and Animals in Life of Pi
This is because many animal persecutions and extinctions have been justified by religious interpretations which portray sentient animals as mere fodder for humanity; or pests and vermin blocking the way of ‘God’s special creation‘.
The article also provides several examples of animals showing behaviour that we interpret in humans as exhibiting ‘love’ and ‘compassion’.