the First Tanner?
And the Lord God made garments of skins for the man and for his
wife, and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
We may find it difficult to formulate a human right of tormenting
beasts in terms which would not equally imply an angelic right of tor-
menting men. And we may feel that though objective superiority is
rightly claimed for man, yet that very superiority ought partly to con-
sist in not behaving like a vivisector: that we ought to prove ourselves
better than the beasts precisely by the fact of acknowledging duties to
them which they do not acknowledge to us.… If we cut up beasts
simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing
our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up
imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
(C. S. Lewis, “Vivisection,” in God in the Dock, Eerdmans, 1970,
In the summer of 1995 a friend invited me to attend the National Alliance for Animals Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. One drizzly morning before the conference sessions began, several hundred conference attendees traveled by chartered buses from the Dulles Marriott to the U.S. Capitol building to stage a protest