As the Archbishop calls for a return to moral standards in this
country, great stress is laid upon the importance of the family.
This is a sentiment shared, I am quite sure, by masses of people
throughout the world.
During this campaign no mention has been made, as far as I know,
of that very large part of God's creation, namely the animal
kingdom. Why are the "lesser brethren" not included when reference
is made to the family of God? In spite of scientific progress it
must still be admitted that God creates all life, so why is part of
his family remembered and not the rest?
We deplore, and rightly so, any kind of deprivation that man must
suffer, but is it not time that we should move on still further to a
more comprehensive outlook on life, and extend our concern to every
The animal must suffer all the cruelties, neglect and
exploitation imposed upon him by man. His dependence is total. He
has no means of protest, no court of law. Could we not include him
in this campaign for a better, fairer way of life for all?
The societies do a wonderful job, but could we now not look also
to our Church leaders and those in public office who have the power
to put the message across to the people? While they occupy their
varying platforms, could they not include a plea for the moral law
to be extended to all living things?
Much is said today about freedom. This can never be complete
until the creatures also have their fair share of liberty and
consideration. They have the right to live their lives without fear
and want, as much as we have.
Let us raise our voices on behalf of those who have no voice with
which to plead for mercy.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer said: "Compassion, in which ethics have
their roots, can only achieve full scope and depth if it is not
limited to men but extended to all living things."
Freda C. Boys