Humane Society Leaders in America: With a Sketch of the Early History of the Humane Movement in England

Humane Society Leaders in America: With a Sketch of the Early History of the Humane Movement in England

Humane Society Leaders in America: With a Sketch of the Early History of the Humane Movement in England

Humane Society Leaders in America: With a Sketch of the Early History of the Humane Movement in England

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The anticruelty movement is one hundred years old. Its history dates from that hard-won struggle in the English Parliament, waged by Richard (" Humanity ") Martin, in 1822, for the first effective legislation in the world for the protection of animals. The century that has intervened since that time has been richer than all previous ages in establishing human and sub-human rights. Brilliant as has been this advancement, ages still must pass before the inequalities of life will be settled; before war ceases to be the approved mode of handling international differences; before the Golden Rule will be accepted as the true basis for man's normal guidance.

Animals were first recognized in the ethics of the Indian Aryans, probably through their acceptance of the doctrine of transmigration. Buddhism brought about a tender consideration of animals that has never been exceeded anywhere in the world. The early Persians were taught by the Zoroastrian code to treat the brute . . .

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