Animal Welfare and Human Values by Rod Preece

By Rod Preece

Because the so much populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare concerns 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 consistently being made conscious of the atrocities devoted 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 publication 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 complicated concerns and will be considered quite and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the facet of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as recommendations by which to appreciate our relations to different species. They floor their rules in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious id” with the animal realm. The philosophy built during this booklet embraces good judgment and compromise because the ideal paths to the target of animal welfare. It calls for appreciate and attention for different species whereas acknowledging our basic tasks to our fellow people.

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He acknowledged that life on earth was 11 Edward Sullivan, The Book of Kells (New York: Crescent, 1986) (reprint of 2d ed. of 1920), Plates 4, 5, 12, 17. Page 18 a good in itself rather than merely a preparation for the afterlife. And he understood that there were goods which pertained to each individual as a person as well as those which pertained to membership in a community. The stage was set for a much more optimistic, benevolent and compassionate view of human nature. Unfortunately, that compassion did not proceed beyond the relationship of human to human.

Illustrators and distant monks had a greater respect for animals than did prominent theologians. That magnificent Celtic illuminated manuscript, The Book of Kells, dated by Sir Edward Sullivan at somewhere near but perhaps a little later than the close of the ninth century, contains such warm depictions of animalsin the Evangelical Symbols and the Genealogy of Christ, for example11that one cannot but be impressed both by the significance of the animals to the illuminators and the occasionally alarming (so one might describe the creatures seen in the portrait of St.

Eight thousand animals were slaughtered on the first two days following the opening of the Colosseum in Rome itself. Eleven thousand were killed to celebrate Trajan's conquest of Dacia (modern Rumania). Nothing of stature was left unharmed in the spectacles offered by the circus maximus in the following years. Elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, crocodiles, chamois and giraffes were all butchered, along with the more customary lions, tigers, bears, bulls, leopards and deerjust for the fun of it!

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