written/translated by: Herma et al
Kudos to Herma Caelen for collecting the wide variety of inspiring prayers below, from many religious traditions. May they provide the impetus to help create a more humane, compassionate, just, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.
Many of the world's people profess to be religious and attend services on a regular basis. There are many prayers recited daily in religious institutions and in private settings. Yet, we live in a world threatened as perhaps never before by global climate change, rapid species extinction, widening water shortages, deforestation, desertification and many more environmental threats. Although every religion stresses compassionate behaviour, billions of animals are badly mistreated at factory farms, fur farms, vivisection laboratories, circuses and other settings.
Perhaps there would be a better, more humane world if, as a society, we considered the following with regard to our prayers:
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island President of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV)
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On behalf of the Board of the European Vegetarian Union I wish everyone a happy New Year
Renato Pichler, President