Thanks so much to everyone who voted in my poll!
There was a really big response to the question: Do you think animals have souls?
The results are in and might surprise you - because a whopping 88% of respondents said "yes", confirming that there is a widespread belief in an afterlife for animals (at least amongst my discerning readers anyway!)
While I entirely respect those 7% who voted "no" (there were 5% who clicked "undecided), I do see this result as a good sign that generally people do hold animals in high regard. Even those who voted "no" often pointed out that an animal does not need to possess a soul in order to be treated with kindness.
All in all, if this interesting poll proves anything, it is that a large majority of readers share a compassion for animals, which can only be a good thing. I think it is clear that if someone believes in the existence of an animal soul then they are less likely to treat any animal with cruelty.
One particularly interesting fact that came from the poll is that 100% of the respondents under the age of 25 voted "yes", which surprised me. It seems that even though these young people have grown up in an age of technology and heavy industry, where they might have become very detached from the natural world, they do still believe in the existence of a soul. I think that is very encouraging indeed.
Thanks again to all who took part.
Here's a summary of the results:-
"Do You Think Animals Have Souls"?
(100% of ages under 25)
(91% of ages 25 to 40)
(77% of ages 41 to 65)
(88% of ages 65 to 85)
(0% of ages under 25)
(8% of ages 25 to 40)
(6% of ages 41 to 65)
(11% of ages 65 to 85)
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