(1959 to present)
American author, journalist, and speechwriter
...[I]t is a terrible thing that religious people today
can be so indifferent to the cruelty of the farms, shrugging it off as
so much secular, animal rights foolishness. They above all should hear
the call to mercy. They above all should have some kindness to spare.
They above all should be mindful of the little things, seeing, in the
suffering of these creatures, the same hand that has chosen all the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to
confound the things which are strong. 'Who so poor,' asked Anna
Kingsford more than a century ago, 'so oppressed, so helpless, so mute
and uncared for, as the dumb creatures who serve us -- they who, but for
us, must starve, and who have no friend on earth if man be their enemy?
Quote from Dominion: The Power of Man, the
Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Let's just call things what they are. When a man's love of
finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a
demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he
ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he
gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily
choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.
~Matthew Scully (born March 30, 1959), American author, journalist,
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