A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and Sin of Cruely to Brute Animals

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1776 edition. Excerpt: ... iiiehts of another kind, which are equally inconclusive, when aU, ledged in defence or excuse of the Wanton cruelty of mam For thus it is DEGREESrgued--* --That Man has a Permiffionj /. ...--* that is, it is a universal prac- Jsw*- DEGREES' jicg with mankind, to eat the stesti of animals; which cannot be done without taking away their lives., and putting them to some degree of pain, -- That there are some animals Obnoxious to mankind; and the most compassionate of men make no scruple to destroy them. And -- That there are some Brutes if prey which wholly subsist on. the stem of other brutes; and whose lives are one continued course of rapine and bloodshed. E 2 These These are the formidable arguments, which we sometimes have recourse to in vindication of our cruelty, our abuse, or unfeeling neglect; but to each I shall make a reply. And, first, as it is a universal Practice, it shall be taken for granted, that Man has a permifJion to eat the flejh of some animals; and consequently, to kill them for food or necessary use. But this permission cannot authorize us to put them to unnecessarypain, or lingering death. Death they are all liable to; they must submit to it; and they do not seem to us to have any idea, or fear os death. Avoidance of pain is indeed as natural to brutes as it is to to men, therefore pain is the only ground of fear in brutes. As to ourselves, We fear both pain and death; and our fear of death arises from the fear of future pain, or from apprehensions of what may happen to us after death: and in some men these apprehensions are so terrifying, that they prefer exquisite pain to death. But the Brute, having no idea of an hereafter, cannot suffer any terror on account of death. To him present pain is the only Evil; and pr

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