Punch,  45 (1863), 157.

Orthodox Cruelty to Animals





Cruelty, Animal Behaviour, Religious Authority, Morality, Ethics

    Discusses the response by the 'Censor at Rome' to 'a little book entitled A Short Catechism on Humanity to Animals', which suggests that he denies that cruelty to animals is contrary to Christianity and that compassion towards beasts is a rule 'interpreted according to private caprice if it is understood to mean that one ought to be compassionate towards the beasts on order to be a good Christian'. Punch questions the morality of his position and suggests that Pope Pius IX should dismiss him.

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