By Rod Preece
Because the such a lot populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare matters which beset Western civilization. The authors of this booklet, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, locate themselves regularly being made conscious of the atrocities dedicated within the Society’s jurisdiction. they've been, in flip, wondered, exasperated and horrified at humanity’s cruelty to our fellow sentient beings. the problems mentioned during this ebook are the main contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, using animals for human leisure and the stipulations below which animals are raised for human intake. they're advanced concerns and may be thought of particularly and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the aspect of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as recommendations during which to appreciate our relations to different species. They floor their rules in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identification” with the animal realm. The philosophy built during this e-book embraces good judgment and compromise because the optimum paths to the aim of animal welfare. It calls for appreciate and attention for different species whereas acknowledging our basic duties to our fellow people.
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If leisure was the prerequisite of the development of the arts and sciences, it was no less the occasion of outright cruelty. The most systematic and blatant cruelty to animals was to be found in the circuses of Rome. Circuses of today that ignore the needs of animals and debase and demean their natures pall into insignificance when compared to the horrors committed to titillate the palates of the Roman throngs. There were some 70 amphitheatres in the Roman Empire which witnessed four centuries of the gravest atrocities committed primarily against non-human animalsbut the barbarism extended to humans, too, primarily aliens and slaves.
What a pity St. Thomas never met St. Francis! If our passions might move us in some direction toward consideration for the interests of animals, according to Aquinas, our higher faculty, reason, requires us to resist the temptation: It matters not how man behaves to animals, because God has subjected all things to man's power and it is in this sense that the Apostle [St. 12 If that is the conclusion of reason it is no wonder that the Romantics elevated feeling over rationality! Oddly enough in a 1988 publication of selected writings of Aquinas on ethics and politics all reference to his views on animals is omitted.
This does not mean that in the conclusions of this book we have merely taken a position half-way between the opposing sides. On some issues we are decidedly and incontrovertibly committed to one side. On others we are rather more accommodating. What we have tried to do on all issues is to give a fair hearing to those who do not always share our commitments. In this way we hope to have produced arguments which, in turn, will be given a fair hearing by animal experimenters, hunters, farmers and governmental decision-makers as well as those committed to significant improvements in the lives of the members of the animal realm.