Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Quotation: The Rev. Dr. William Hamilton Drummond (1838)

"While we "eat the fat and drink the sweet," we never, for an instant reflect on the animal sufferings which precede the banquet;—the barbed hook, the lacerating shot, the shrieks, the groans, and the dying agony. Such reflections would embitter the taste; therefore they are excluded as enemies of our peace; and cruelties continue to be perpetrated not because we approve of them, but because we allow ourselves to become even unconscious of their existence."

From The rights of animals and man's obligation to treat them with humanity by William H. Drummond, D.D., M.R.I.A. (John Mardon publishers, 1838, p.122)At least 3 editions of the work have been re-published in recent years and the original text has been made available by Google books.

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