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The Easter Lamb

[The following timely letter appeared on Good Friday, in the columns of the Welshman. Would that every daily paper had published a similar on that day ! - Ed.]

Sir, - When looking at the conventional pictures allegorical of Christianity, representing the gentle Saviour carrying a lamb tenderly in His arms, one is struck with the contrast the orthodox Christian exhibits in his treatment of the lamb. He, forsooth, hands it over to the butcher to cut its throat and hang it up, half-skinned, head downwards, with its vitals fully exposed in our streets, its blood dripping on the pavement; and one is tempted to exclaim, "Look on this picture and on that ! !" I contend, Sir, that lamb slaying, especially as a semi-religious function or "fetish," as at this season, is a gross piece of barbarism. This view is not the mere fad of a fanatical Vegetarian, but to my own knowledge even butchers themselves have deprecated the practice. One that I was told of had to turn his head away whilst cutting his victims' throats. Two others, latterly, at a meeting of mine, admitted that it was a waste of animal life to kill lambs and calves. How many people, I wonder, who eat lambs' flesh on the festival of Easter, would do so had they to kill the animals themselves? Very few, indeed. Then they have no moral right to depute others to do it. The whole fabric of the atrocious custom of slaughter rests on one point, namely, it is only justifiable if it can be proved to be a necessity, and that proof is wanting. Your readers would, I am sure, be convinced, were they to read with an unprejudiced mind such publications as those issued by the Order of the Golden Age at Ilfracombe, or the Vegetarian Federal Union, Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, London.

Yours truly,

G .C. Wade,

Provincial Secretary, V.F.U.

From The Vegetarian dated May 5, 1900.
Reproduced with Thanks to the Vegetarian Society.  

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