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In his first major statement on animal welfare, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged justice and protection for all creatures.
A new review of the ethics of the use of animals in research is being pioneered by an international group of academics.
Thirty years ago, very little was heard of 'animal theology', and our relationship with the natural world, both flora and fauna, was far less discussed in philosophical and policy circles.
Church inaction over animal welfare compounds animal cruelty, Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian at Oxford University claims today.