The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


"Let's not be beastly to the animals"

wrote Crusade Patron Peter Black (Daily Mail 2.6.75) in a strong protest against the regrettable tendency in speech and writing to equate bad and vicious human behaviour with that of animals.

". . . animal behaviour is mostly an instinctive response to some kind of stimulus. They do not behave badly for the fun of it. No animal - except, perhaps, a gorilla in a panic - would rip up seats, smash windows and hurl light bulbs. No beast, wild or not, tortures its young or half-kills its mate. I could add that no animal has ever tried to kill off its own species, ever fouled its own feeding grounds, ever persecuted other animals in the name of a wise and compassionate religious leader, or endangered its health by sniffing smoke and swallowing stupefying drugs. Only humans have enslaved themselves, and the seven deadly sins are practised exclusively by humans."

From The Living World no.12 (1975) - journal of Crusade Against All Cruelty to Animals.

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