Jacqui, my thoughts about our relationship with the other animals made me more atheist, too. Religion encourages a murderous, callous arrogance that justifies the most savage cruelty. Look at what the Spanish do to celebrate saint's days - even that of the kindly St. Francis of Assisi! My first questioning of the nuns and priests at my catholic grammar school was about the babies who die without being baptised. They were never allowed to be with god. Then about those in other lands who had never heard of Jesus but who were condemned to suffer for eternity for failing to believe in him. I got no answer except, "HAVE FAITH!"