"The Church Fathers had a long debate about them, and decided they don't have proper souls"


The Church Fathers is the collective name given to the theologians, scholars and bishops who shaped the ideas and beliefs that Christianity is based on. As a group, they are largely responsible for the way in which the bible and its teachings are interpreted.  


The question about whether animals have souls is one that's been debated long and hard by Christians, with the overriding view amongst theologians tending to veer towards the negative. For an article looking at the Christain response to the question, click here.