The Fellowship of Life
Sir, - It is not edifying to find your journal repeating the old
shallow clichés in defence of vivisection, and even claiming that "the
Church holds that it is not sinful and involves no moral law" (Dec.24,
I know of no official decision of the Church to this effect. It is
merely an opinion of theologians, and we know how far from infallibility
Neither the Church nor any authority can permit men to do evil that
good may come. It is not long since the supreme authority of the Church
refused to compromise this principle in a matter of world-wide concern
where theologians were pressing for a permissive decision.
If killing may sometimes be lawful, as you argue, it does not follow
that torture may ever be so. To torture a sentient fellow-creature -
whether for pleasure, profit, 'information', or any other conceivable
reason - is about the ultimate in human or satanic wickedness.
Animals, as far as their sentient nature goes, claim the same
consideration as men. It is quite incredible that such an avenue to
knowledge as vivisection could be according to the will of a good and
This is a question of primary moral intuition, which we can decide
for ourselves without calling for the opinions of experts.
(Rev) B. Wrighton
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