By Rod Preece
Because the so much populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare matters which beset Western civilization. The authors of this publication, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, locate themselves continuously 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 e-book are the main contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, using animals for human leisure and the stipulations less than which animals are raised for human intake. they're advanced concerns and will be considered particularly and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the part of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as thoughts by which to appreciate our relations to different species. They flooring 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 gold standard paths to the objective of animal welfare. It calls for admire and attention for different species whereas acknowledging our basic tasks to our fellow people.
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It is one of the unfortunate facts of life that it is the fanaticism of the extremists which receives the most attention. And this fanaticism has at least served to arouse public indignation against some of the most blatant animal exploitation. Such fanaticism encourages almost Page 2 idolatrous adherence on the part of the sympathizers. But it also encourages ridicule and dismissal on the part of others, especially those who have a direct influence on animal welfare. In our humane society work we have found that at least some of those who make their livelihoods from animal husbandry are not the callous and indifferent abusers of animals they are sometimes made out to be.
Although animals were massacred in their hundreds of thousands in the gladiatorial combats of Rome they were, in total contrast, the objects of worship elsewhere. But the benefit to the animals was not always what one might imaginethough distinctly preferable to being the disparaged objects of infamous sport! We must look to Egypt for the most extensive deification of animals; but the attitudes which brought this about are to be found in early hunting history. When hunters first dared to challenge wild beasts to provide the next meal for themselves and their families, the animals proved to be worthy foes and indeed sometimes emerged the victors.
Christianity borrowed from Stoicism the idea of the inherent dignity and equality of all humans and united it with the concept of the uniqueness of humanity that it inherited from Judaism. The consequence was not beneficial to species other than human. While we should rejoice in the consequent recognition of the sanctity of all human life we must regret its dismissal of consideration for the interests of other species. Only humans had souls and only human life was sacred. Jesus himself sent the 2,000 Gadarene swine, filled with the spirit of devils, hurtling into the sea to their destruction (Mark 5, 13).
Animal Welfare and Human Values by Rod Preece