By Rod Preece
Because the such a lot populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare concerns which beset Western civilization. The authors of this publication, 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 dedicated 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 complicated matters and will be thought of rather and heavily. The authors, status squarely at the facet of the animals, recommend “community” and “belonging” as techniques during 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 ebook embraces good judgment and compromise because the most desirable paths to the aim of animal welfare. It calls for recognize and attention for different species whereas acknowledging our fundamental responsibilities to our fellow people.
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Page iii Animal Welfare & Human Values Rod Preece & Lorna Chamberlain Page iv Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Preece, Rod, 1939- Animal welfare & human values Includes bibliographical references and index. Animal welfare Moral and ethical aspects. Title. Title: Animal welfare and human values. 3 C93-093988-3 Cloth edition Copyright © 1993 Paper edition Copyright © 1995 Wilfrid Laurier University Press Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5 Cover design by Jose Martucci, Design Communications, using the photograph, "Laboratory Cruelty You Were Not Meant to See," by Brian Gunn.
Harm to others, including animals, was to be avoided, but one had no responsibility to be actively involved in creating a society which would respect the interests of others. In short there is often a relative indifference to the world as it is. It involved abstention rather than commitment, the avoidance of private evil rather than the doing of public good. This quietism underlay Taoism and Confucianism, influenced Hinduism but was rather less prominent in Buddhism. All in all this encouraged each individual to develop a respect for all living thingsor give alms to the monk to have him do it for youbut did little to create a societal order in which there was any requirement of ethical treatment for animals, any punishment for cruelty.
What we have tried to do on all issues is to give a fair hearing to those who do not always share our commitments. In this way we hope to have produced arguments which, in turn, will be given a fair hearing by animal experimenters, hunters, farmers and governmental decision-makers as well as those committed to significant improvements in the lives of the members of the animal realm. This is a book for those who want to think seriously and fairly about complex issues. It is not a book for those who want a cause to follow blindly.
Animal Welfare and Human Values by Rod Preece