I was struck by a powerful exposition from Barrett Duke, Ph.D., vice president of public policy for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his recently posted paper, titled " 10 Biblical Truths About Animals," Dr. Duke tells us "God created each and every life" and describes animals as "co-inheritors with us of the new creation."
"Animals are much more complex than they at first appear to be," he wrote. "We should do all we can to better understand them and their place in God's creation. It will not only be good for them, but us as well."
Voices like Dr. Duke's are extremely important to our movement: the ERLC engages in public policy on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant religion in the United States, with over 16 million members in over 46,000 churches. Recently, the ERLC, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., issued an endorsement for a Tennessee bill that raises penalties for spectators at an animal fight and for bringing a minor to an animal fighting spectacle.