As concerns about the environment have grown in recent decades, the moral necessity of ecological stewardship has become increasingly clear. At the same time, however, certain misconceptions about nature and science, coupled with erroneous theological and anthropological positions, impede the advancement of a sound environmental ethic.
Few Catholics seem aware that there is an authoritative Catholic teaching regarding our proper attitude and conduct toward the environment. In this, as in so many other areas, it seems that the Devil sponsors two opposite errors, two competing outlooks, both of which are wrong.
Like all errors, the animal rights movement contains elements of truth. Like the feminists who represent themselves as opposed to rape, unequal wages, and (until recently) sexual harassment in the workplace, the animal rights activists lead with issues we can all agree on.