Author Richard Schwartz

Richard H. Schwartz is a Ph.D. Professor Emeritus at the College of Staten Island. Author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, Mathematics and Global Survival, Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet, and over 250 articles at He is also President Emeritus of Jewish Veg, formerly Jewish Vegetarians of North America; President, Society Of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV); and Associate Producer of A SACRED DUTY. Click to see author's profile.

Animal sacrifice

According to Judaism, animals are part of God’s creation and people have special responsibilities to them. The Jewish tradition clearly indicates that we are forbidden to be cruel to animals and that we are to treat them with compassion.


Many animal activists regard organized religion as an opponent. Concerning Judaism specifically, this is largely due to the misunderstanding of biblical verses that, when properly interpreted, actually endorse the struggle to improve conditions for animals.