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24 January 1999 Issue

Animals & Spirituality

"...Flesh-eaters cannot sympathize with total abstainers from meat. We
Europeans are nations of civilized barbarians with but a few millenniums be-
tween ourselves and our cave-dwelling forefathers who sucked the blood and
marrow from uncooked bones. Thus, it is only natural that those who hold
human life so cheaply in their frequent and often iniquitous wars, should
entirely disregard the death-agonies of the brute creation, and daily sacrifice
millions of innocent, harmless lives...In ancient Sparta -- than whose stern
citizens none were ever less sensitive to the delicate feelings of the human
heart -- a boy, when convicted of torturing an animal for amusement, was put
to death as one whose nature was so thoroughly villainous that he could not be
permitted to live. But in civilized Europe rapidly progressing in all things save
Christian virtues -- might remains unto this day the synonym of right."

Excerpt from "HAVE ANIMALS SOULS?"
Article by H. P. Blavatsky, March 1886
full article is in:

http://www.blavatsky.net/blavatsky/arts/HaveAnimalsSouls.htm

 

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