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 ebook, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, locate themselves always 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 booklet are the main contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, using animals for human leisure and the stipulations lower than which animals are raised for human intake. they're advanced concerns and will be thought of quite and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the aspect of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as strategies wherein to appreciate our relations to different species. They floor their principles in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identification” with the animal realm. The philosophy built during this e-book embraces logic and compromise because the most reliable paths to the aim 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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To two persons our debts are more than is customary: Dr. Mathias Guenther, a Wilfrid Laurier University anthropologist; and Dr. David Porter, chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph and former chair of the Steering Committee for the University of Guelph Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. They were employed by WLU Press as readers of the submitted manuscript to help determine whether publication was appropriate. They put so much effort and expertise into their evaluations, offering much justified criticism along the way, that we were encouraged to refine some of what we had first written and avoid a number of pitfalls.
4, 6. 10 Michael W. Fox, Inhumane Society (New York: St. Martin's, 1990), p. 251. Fox actually calls the doctrine "panentheism" and uses the term on several occasions. We do not know whether he is merely mistaken about the word or is referring to a doctrine other than pantheism of which we are unaware and to which we can find no reference. Page 16 depicted as meat-eaters immediately after the Fall, Adam and Eve being clothed in animal skins, Abel being a shepherd, and Noah and his sons being explicitly carnivorous.
Jesus himself sent the 2,000 Gadarene swine, filled with the spirit of devils, hurtling into the sea to their destruction (Mark 5, 13). Now while we should be mindful of the willful and unnecessary destruction of innocent animal life, we should also recognize that pigs were themselves considered unclean and thus deemed one of the lower forms of animal life. The destruction of swine should not necessarily be regarded as carte blanche permission to give no consideration to the ethical treatment of animals at all.