We seek to be faithful disciples whom Jesus called to be “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14), inspired by the Holy Spirit to be
compassionate (Colossians 3:12) and just (Psalm 106:3) toward God’s nonhuman creatures (Psalm 50:10–11). Scripture commands us to live as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). We seek to
imitate Jesus and apply his teachings to animals. We aspire to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), merciful (Matthew 5:7), and to treat animals as we humans would want to be treated (Matthew 7:12,
Luke 6:31). Jesus, when describing the qualifications of his greatest disciple, stated, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35). Thus, we
seek to be a model of Jesus’ greatest disciple. Our advocacy methods are nonviolent in word and deed (Matthew 26:52; Romans 12:18).
Historically, the Bible has been used to support many injustices such as slavery, the subjugation of women, and racism. Many Christians today similarly
abuse selected biblical passages to justify harming and killing animals for little more than habit and convenience. We seek to follow the Christian tradition of furthering God’s Kingdom
(Matthew 6:33) by advocating for social reform. For instance, William Wilberforce campaigned against slavery, and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for the advancement of
civil rights. Jesus himself was a social reformer, for example showing women respect (John 4:27) at a time when women were not culturally esteemed. Similarly, we seek to continue this
tradition of social justice by advocating for the rights of animals.