Animal Liberation is Human Liberation

Welcome to Peace to All Beings. Until we liberate animals from human exploitation and violence, we cannot expect to have true freedom and peace for ourselves. We human beings can awaken to our higher consciousness and embrace a new paradigm of living in harmony, rather than in fear and domination. We can become "Homo Ahimsa," my term for a new nonviolent and kind human, but we must make that choice together. There is hope for our species--hope that we will not continue this war against animals and the earth. Together let us co-create a new culture and heal the wounds humanity has caused to the earth, to each other, and to the animals who share this world with us.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Do Animals Go To Heaven?

Our town newspaper is the Lawrence Journal World.  On their Faith Page, they receive questions and then invite various community members to answer the questions.  I have been so thrilled to be asked to submit answers to several questions over the years, because it allows me to give voice to the animals who are so often misunderstood and mistreated by the human species.  Here is my recent answer to the question--

Do Animals Go to Heaven?
For the Faith Page, Lawrence Journal World
Lawrence, Kansas
May 14, 2011

One night Raymond and Suzanne Peters were awakened by their dog, Mac, barking loudly. Half asleep they hushed the dog, but the barking became so frantic that Raymond finally arose. When he did, he found, to his horror, that their house was on fire. Quickly the couple ran from the house carrying their children.

Once outside and safe, the couple suddenly realized the true extent of Mac’s devotion to them. Without doubt, it was Mac who had saved their lives, but Mac had died three months prior to the fire. Although this event may seem improbable, a quick look at the number of books and websites dedicated to such stories indicates that many people have experienced similar evidence of animals living on after death.

The Hebrew word for living soul in the Bible is “nephesh,” and it is given to both human beings and animals. This is the mysterious, unseen life force that animates all living beings. It is the breath of God infused with Divine Love.

When asked whether animals go to heaven, the beloved author, James Herriot, stated that he believed they do and added, “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

St. John the Divine stated that he saw many animals in heaven. St. Francis of Assisi noted that “there is no degradation in the dignity of human nature in claiming kinship with creatures so beautiful, so wonderful, who praise God in the forest even as the angels praise Him in heaven.”

This question, though perhaps unanswerable in the literal sense, has profound implications for us. When we open our hearts fully to the realization that animals are sacred and endowed with Divine Love; when we look into their eyes and remember that they are our precious companions and not ours to use and kill; we enter a realm of infinite compassion, love, and inner peace.


  1. Hi Judy,
    Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this. As I write, I have three kitties and two doggies sleeping near me. The love that shines from their eyes is indeed the light of a living soul (Nepesh) infused with God's love. It is comforting knowing like-minded kindred spirits such as you are spreading the word. Blessings, Maureen

  2. Thank you for sharing, and thank God for giving us this beautiful earth, it is only right to give thanks to Him by caring for this planet.