Animal Rights

Some who extol the virtues of vegetarianism do so out of consideration for animal life, feeling that killing animals for food is considered barbaric, inhumane and unnecessary. Animal rights are very important. Aten creates all life, not only humanity. Animals have the right to live, just as much as we do. Part of life, however, is the “cycle of life” and this cycle includes the reality that some parts of nature feed off other parts of nature to sustain themselves.

An individual may be offended that a human eats meat but at the same time, they have no argument about a lion, a shark, a bear or a wolf consuming meat to live.

Humanity is omnivorous and there is no spiritual detriment from living as omnivorous beings. The only detriment is cruelty. In nature, an animal has a life and when it is Aten’s Will, life will end; this may come from age, accidents, illness, or predators.

Indigenous tribes of many countries live in harmony with the land, living on both animal and plant life and no cruelty is part of their way of life. They revere the land and the gifts of both animal and plant life that Aten has provided them.

The mistreatment of animals is a gross offence to Aten, the mass production of animals who live in prison-like conditions, who are mistreated and then killed for consumption is tragic and cruel and unacceptable to Aten.

Atenism believes that all animals should be allowed some quality of life, even those intended to be used for consumption. Shepherds who raise their livestock with care are good examples of those who raise animals for food. Free-range animals are preferable to those who have no life, for example.

The consumption of meat is a part of life, cruelty does not have to be.

While some Atenists prefer to live a vegetarian lifestyle, it is by no means a requirement.