The Fellowship of Life
Sir, - There will be many of your readers who, like myself, are appalled at the facts put before us in the advertisement inserted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
Perhaps one of the saddest aspects of this whole situation is the fact that Christians have never yet seen it as a vital part of their Christian commitment to end horrors like this in the world.
For myself, I am terrifyingly conscious of an aspect of vivisection which never seems to have struck others. Having weighed all the arguments, and having tried, and failed to understand the mentality of the perpetrators of experiments on living animals, I have come to the conclusion, in the coolest of moral judgements, that any men and women who can inflict suffering upon any of God's sentient creatures are the potential administrators of concentration and death-camps, such as we saw under the Nazis.
I am aware that the immediate reaction to such a statement will be that these people are, in fact, not monsters, but ordinary, decent people working for the good of humanity.
It seems to me, therefore, that all Christians have a moral responsibility, not only to abolish the mechanism of laboratory experiments on animals, but also to pray constantly for a change of mind and heart in all engaged in such experiments.
The Universe (3/4/80)
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