By Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
Regina Hyland, who wrote under the name of J.R. Hyland, died from breast cancer last week. She was sixty-four years old. Regina was an ordained evangelical minister who worked in prison ministry and with migrant farmworkers as well as actively supporting issues of female equality and animal rights. Regina became and remained a strong supporting member of United Poultry Concerns almost as soon as we started in October of 1990.
Regina’s book, God’s Covenant with Animals: A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of All Creatures, published by Lantern Books, is a compelling and invaluable argument concerning the place of animals in the Bible. I drew upon this concise and informative book in writing my own book, The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale, also published by Lantern Books, where I quote directly from God’s Covenant with Animals in my chapter on animal sacrifice, “Scapegoats and Surrogates.”
On November 4, 1993 I received a gift copy of the original version of God’s Covenant with Animals entitled The Slaughter of Terrified Beasts: A Biblical Basis for the Humane Treatment of Animals, published in 1988. That title and book and its follow-up continue to inform and strengthen my outlook and the work of United Poultry Concerns.
I am honored and grateful to Regina Hyland for requesting that donations in her memory be sent directly to United Poultry Concerns, and I am deeply honored and pleased to know that United Poultry Concerns was one of her favorite organizations.
To learn more about Regina Hyland and about purchasing God’s Covenant with Animals, please visit http://www.lanternbooks.com/blog/entry.php?id=592.
To donate by credit card in Regina Hyland’s memory to United Poultry Concerns, please go to our website at www.upc-online.org. Or you may send your check or money order to United Poultry Concerns, PO Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405. Thank you for remembering and honoring Regina Hyland by providing a caring gift in her name to United Poultry Concerns. We are grateful for your continuing support.