Let me entreat thee, O Christian reader,
by all that is good and kind and just;
let me entreat thee for God's sake,
for Christ's sake, for man's sake,
for the sake of the animals -
Yea and for Thine own sake.
Make it your business,
esteem it your duty,
believe it to be the ground of your hope
and know that it is that which the Lord doth require of thee:
"to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God."
See that no animal of any kind,
whether entrusted to thy care,
or coming across thy path,
suffer through thy neglect or abuse.
Let no hope of profit,
no compliance with custom,
and no fear of the ridicule of the world,
ever tempt thee to the least act of cruelty
or injustice to any creature whatsoever.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.