Resources on Christianity, animal welfare & veganism


Sarx is a charity in England and Wales which “[encourages] Christians to strive towards a world in which all animals are enabled to live with dignity, in freedom and in peace”. They have an incredible set of resources on their website, with many guest-posts and articles written by leading theologians and Christian ethicists.

CreatureKind is an initiative of Evangelicals for Social Action and advocates reducing animal consumption as a way of being compassionate to the animals, the climate, and to other humans. They provide resources to enable individual churches to become “CreatureKind”.

Popular articles

Charles Camosy, ‘Why all Christians should go vegan’, The Washington Post, 5th Jan, 2017.
Brief article providing a bit of explanation on what “the early Christians understood”, namely, that animals should be our companions not our food. A good place to start.
Sarah Withrow King, ‘The Biblical Case for Vegan Living’, Evangelicals for Social Action, 15th Sept, 2015.
As the title suggests, presents a Biblical case for going vegan.

Robert Wayner, ‘The Christian basis for Veganism’, Free From Harm, 1st Oct, 2014.
This short article originally appeared on one of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s websites. It gives an overview of some of the Biblical texts which support the idea that Christians should be vegans.

Academic articles

David L Clough, Consuming Animal Creatures, Studies in Christian Ethics, 2017.
This article provides a concise argument for the conclusion that Christians should avoid consuming animal products produced by intensive factory farming. The claim is that the doctrine of creation warrants the idea that God values all of the creatures he has made in and of themselves and that therefore we should do all we can to promote their flourishing and prevent their being harmed. Intensive factory farming, however, does not promote the flourishing of farmed animals, and so should from such farming methods should be avoided.


Andrew Linzey, Creatures of the Same God. Summary of Chs 1-3.