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  • Do Animals Have Souls?

    Do Animals Have Souls?
    by Stacy Mantle

    I was talking with a coworker the other day and he informed me that animals do not have emotions. This is just after he told me (the day that I put my dog of 17yrs down) that animals do not have souls and therefore will never enjoy the concept of heaven. Now, this coworker has the disadvantage of being, what I refer to, as a "bible-thumper." He is, in fact, a born-again Christian. Please bear in mind that I have nothing against Christians, nor do I have anything against religion in general. I do, however, have a problem with this coworker passing along faulty information.

    Animals do have emotions and they also have souls, and I'll tell you how I know that. In over twenty years of working with animals, I have never seen a kitten duct-tape a live human baby to a freeway. I also have never seen a cat find enjoyment from setting a human on fire. I've never gone hiking in the desert to find a child that dogs have left tied to a stake, without food and water, subjecting it to a painful death in the desert heat. I have never seen a chicken force two unwilling humans to fight in a ring with razor blades attached to their feet while the chickens place bets on who will be the first to die. I haven't seen a puppy place eight children in a gunnysack and drown them in a river. Neither have I seen an eagle aim a shotgun at an unarmed human. I have yet to see a bear kill a human simply to place a head on the wall of their cave. And to this day, I have not seen a pigeon drive a car down the road and aim for humans who were walking around the park.

    Let me tell you what I have seen. I have seen my own cats sleep next to me so they may keep me a little warmer while I was ill. I've seen my dogs play games with me just to force a smile to my face. I have seen a cat rush into a burning home not once, not twice, but six times to save her kittens, nearly losing her own life in the process. I have seen a ferret pull a frightened kitten out of a deep hole in the ground. I have seen a coyote fetch another dog so that it may get the proper medical care that it needs. I've seen a dog, who loves to jump on people, avoid jumping on me when I injured my back. I've seen elephants cry. I've seen monkeys scream in empathy when one of their own were injured. I've seen puppies whine all night long when they were separated from their mothers. I've seen a dog pull a child away from a fire.

    These are only a few of the things that I've seen. To list them all would take a lifetime, and I think you get my point. As for the soul thing? Well, it is my humble opinion that if you have emotions, any kind of emotions, then you have a soul. Ironically, the pope of the Roman Catholic Church recently stated that he feels the same way.

    Now, I can't prove that animals have souls. But then, I can't prove that you or I have one either. And for all those people who firmly believe that animals don't have souls - well, I suppose if there really is a heaven, you'll probably have the job of cleaning out all the litter boxes....

    Thank you to Stacy for letting us publish her article. Stacy is from Pets Weekly http://www.petsweekly.com
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Great article. I truely believe animals have souls.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Truly a wonderful article!
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      That is very well said ... and I would ask your co-worker where exactly it states that animals do not have emotions or souls. What an idiot.
    1. JoBaugh's Avatar
      JoBaugh -
      You should read the book "Heaven is for Real". It's a true story of a 4 year old boy who has an out of body experience during emergency surgery. I'm not a big reader, but I read this book in 4 hours. It's a very compelling story, and I assure you that heaven is full of ALL of God's creatures. Any one who believes the Bible should agree (if they actually read it). The lion shall lay in peace with the lamb. (not sure where it is in the Bible, but I know it's in there)
    1. abigail01's Avatar
      abigail01 -
      Thanks for sharing that. We lost our Abby in January and it's still hard.
    1. crystalmcr's Avatar
      crystalmcr -
      Thank you for the wonderful article. I have always felt the same way. The animals in my life have be so full of unconditional love and devotion, that there is no way that they wouldn't go to heaven. Being with them again is a big part of what I think Heaven is.