Neuigkeiten

Samstag, 22.09.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interreligiöses Projekt: Naturschutz als Band der Religionen

Sa 22.09.2018 // 16 – 19 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Freitag, 29.06.2018

Ethik des Lebendigen - Vom Umgang mit Nutztieren

Fr 29.06.2018 // 18 Uhr // bis So 01.07.2018 // ca 14 Uhr // Tagung // Kloster Stift zum Heiligengrabe // Heiligengrabe

Samstag, 03.03.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interdisziplinäres Projekt: Die Synergie aus Ökologie und Spiritualität

Sa 03.03.2018 // 16 - 19 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Mittwoch, 06.12.2017

Die Würde der Tiere - Vortrag und Symposium

Mi 06.12.2017 // 9 - 17 Uhr // Vortrag im Rahmen des Symposiums „Kulturlandschaft im Wandel – biodivers oder artenarm?" // LVR-Freilichtmuseum Lindlar

Freitag, 15.09.2017

Was die Natur uns predigt - BeSINNungstage InNatura

Fr 15.09.2017 // 16:00 Uhr bis So 17.09.2017 // 14:00 Uhr // Schnupperwochenende im Haus Mariengrund // Münster

Samstag, 09.09.2017

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein ökumenisches Projekt: Für eine ökologische Reformation.

09.09.2017 // 16 - 18 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuzinerklostergarten Münster

Words of Welcome

Dr. Werner Thissen // Archbishop of Hamburg

Dr. Werner Thissen

Words of Welcome on the Occasion of the Opening of the Institute of Theological Zoology

“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. (Gen 2, 19-20)

Throughout art history there have been numerous pictorial representations of this biblical scene: a human being surrounded by a great number if beasts, all waiting for being named. The close relationship between man and beast is to be seen in the fact that man was the name giver and in the fact that all creatures are classified as being part of the divinely ordained creation. Against the background of numerous environmental problems, such as the overfishing of the oceans and the decline of the biodiversity, it is necessary that we humans become more and more aware of the creation being a unity.

The Institute of Theological Zoology has set out to make a scientifically based appreciation of animals possible. When doing so it is important that the theological insight leads to practical actions. All animals are entitled to expect man as their name giver to treat them responsibly.

From the bottom of my heart I extend God’s blessing to the Institute of Theological Zoology and wish you great success in your work.


Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger // Head of BUND

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

Words of Welcome on the Occasion of the Opening of the Institute of Theological Zoology

How can it be that just in our cultural environment, shaped by Christianity, biodiversity is under pressure, which decimates the species 100 times faster than it would be the case in a natural way? Isn’t biodiversity a distinct and characteristic feature of the diversity and possibilities of creation? Especially as far as livestock is concerned, we deal with this wealth of creation in a grossly negligent and highly irresponsible way. Across the globe we lose one commercial species of animals per week because the breeding of livestock performing their maximum abilities threatens the traditional breeding of cattle, pigs and poultry, which adapt more easily to local circumstances and advancing climate change. 

In Germany and in Europe we keep millions of livestock without caring about their dignity, without taking their inborn traits into consideration, nor do we respect their physiological limits of ability. Furthermore, when the breeding of cattle, which normally eat grass, and the breeding of pigs, which normally live on leftovers, aims at maximum abilitiy, the animals become rivals of man, rivals when it comes to food. That is the reason why two thirds of protein animal feed in Germany and Europe come from developing countries and rain forest regions. Our way of “producing animals” causes hunger and misery for humans and animals. The butter mountains, the milk lakes and the export records of pork show the problem of abundance very clearly.

We must analyse how our culture and the techniques of keeping animals could have developed in such a way. We need studies to find out why regions marked by Christianity and having a high density of livestock make every effort to produce even more intensively. A critical analysis is required to find out why the aim to produce sustainable and healthy food of animal origin is not important in our agriculture, and why the aim of increasing our share of the global market has become pivotal in handling and caring of livestock and natural resources. Theology requires good will and truthfulness in order to find out why numerous meat packages show pictures of happy cows grazing on pastures, although 90 per cent of the cattle have never seen a meadow. And the field of the Theological Zoology is necessary to develop a vision how to make the handling and caring of livestock viable for the future because these animals are our fellow creatures.

For several decades the BUND, hand-in-hand with farmers, has been taking an active part to change society’s level of esteem to a degree which is more suitable for livestock species. Together with organic farmers and with the BDM (Bundesverband deutscher Milchviehhalter) and with NEULAND, which is the umbrella association of farmers producing quality meat, we are committed to convince farmers that  diversity, dignity, sustainability, far-sightedness, and enjoyment when dealing respectfully with livestock are absolutely essential  in stables and on local grazing land.

With all this in mind, the BUND would like to welcome the Institute of Theological Institute and its founders and supporters with open arms and the BUND wish all of us perseverance and success.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

Head of BUND (BUND is an environmental organisation in Germany)
(Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland)