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 e-book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, locate themselves continually being made conscious of the atrocities devoted within the Society’s jurisdiction. they've been, in flip, questioned, 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 below which animals are raised for human intake. they're advanced matters and will be thought of quite and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the facet of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as techniques in which to appreciate our relations to different species. They floor their principles in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious id” with the animal realm. The philosophy built during this publication embraces good judgment and compromise because the finest paths to the aim of animal welfare. It calls for admire and attention for different species whereas acknowledging our fundamental tasks to our fellow people.
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Some species attracted especial reverence and became totemic symbols of the traits necessary for human success or even as symbols of the ancestral figures from which the tribes thought themselves to be descended. While paleolithic tribes claimed a particular species as their own totemic symbol, the Egyptians went further and sanctified a host of diverse animals. Not only did they worship Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess of courage, but through her, Bastet, the domestic cat, the virgin goddess and mother (the source no less of the symbolism of the Virgin Mary).
King Lear, III, iv The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. B. Yeats, The Second Coming Vociferated logic kills me quite; A noisy man is always in the right. William Cowper, Conversation Page 5 Chapter One The Status of Animals: From Human Origins to Humanism Had he only made one species of animals, none of the rest would have enjoyed the happiness of existence; Addison, Spectator, October 25, 1712 To understand the early history of Homo sapiens is to understand humanity's early relationship to other species.
A. Page vii Contents Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 One The Status of Animals: From Human Origins to Humanism 5 Two The Status of Animals: From the Age of Humanism to the Twentieth Century 21 Three Animal Experimentation: Prologue 45 Four Animal Experimentation: The Debate 59 Five Animal Experimentation: The Alternatives 73 Six Animal Experimentation: Legislation and Assessment 85 Seven Hunting, Fishing and Fowling 103 Eight Frivolous Fur: Veneration and Environmentalism 123 Nine Frivolous Fur: Trappers, Clubbers and Farmers 139 Ten Animals in Entertainment: Racing, Riding and Fighting 161 Eleven Animals in Entertainment: Zoos, Aquaria and Circuses 185 Twelve Of Farms and Factories 211 Thirteen Companion Animals 229 Fourteen The Community of Sentient Beings 243 Fifteen The Philosophy of Animal Rights 265 Sixteen The Philosophy of Animal Protection 283 Page viii Seventeen Epilogue: Ode to Sensibility 307 Select Bibliography 317 Index 321 Page ix Acknowledgements In writing this book, broad in scope as it is, we became indebted to many persons from a variety of sourcesauthors of previously read and often unrelated books who helped inform our values, passing acquaintances whose insights triggered further thoughts of our own, friends who encouraged us and opponents who decried our ideas but persuaded us to believe all the more that the book was necessary.
Animal Welfare and Human Values by Rod Preece