I am interested in connections between religion and animal ethics. The Bible is ambiguous on the issue – at times lording humans over non-humans (we are, after all, the “Sons” of God!) and at times showing compassion. St Francis (one of the great figures of Catholicism who does inspire me) prayed to the birds! I am been studying other religions a bit and there is obviously, in many cases, both ambiguity in teaching and a gulf between teaching and practice. Islam displays a number of these characteristics but the emphasis on the formalities of the Halal ritual often fails to account for the Prophet’s concern with intrinsic animal welfare. I am pleased that debates on animal rights and the humane treatment of animals is now actively occurring within Islam. Look at the link.