On Cruelty to Animals
Letter, Introduction; Extract
Cruelty, Theology of Nature, Animal Behaviour, Menageries
The first extract contains Lindley Murray's autobiographical thoughts on his cruelty to animals as a child: 'I ought to have reflected, that all animals have assigned to them, by the Author of nature, a pleasurable existence; and that it is our duty to second his intention, as we have opportunity, and especially to avoid all occasions of inflicting upon them unnecessary pain' (28). A second extract reports an incident in which his tormenting of an elephant was remembered and punished by the elephant.
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