A correspondent in the Yorkshire Evening Post
(2/10/56), commenting on the fact that prayers had been offered for
animals in some churches on the previous Sunday, known as Animal Sunday,
"Were the special prayers on Animal Sunday said for the lambs, sheep,
pigs and cattle that are eaten every week, or just for cats and dogs and
aunty's canary?" And then went on to comment:-
"Praying for animals and then eating them is not quite cricket. But I
forget it's we vegetarians who are supposed to be the cranks!"
To use a phrase of Miss Nancy Price's, no doubt these animal lovers
were of the "dear doggy, poor pussy" type of animal sentimentalist.
From the Winter 1956 edition of The Vegetarian News:
With thanks to the Vegetarian Society.
Letters from History