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Ronnie, Unfortunately I think some versions of various religions are still stuck with the idea of animals are "less." The rationael being that they are "soulless." On Mon, 9 Jun 2014, Dean, Thomas K wrote: > From: marion copeland [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > > Certainly a moving and convincing argument, Ruth--and I have had similar experiences. Maybe it's that the bond is far wider than species boundaries but to then call the nonhuman "babies" we care for "surrogate children" undermines the whole concept. Caring, loving just knows no boundaries and I for one think that's how it should be. And shouldn't religions support that, not disrespect it? --Ronnie" Copeland > > > -- > --