Animals' Friend

Animals' Friend

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Others now came up, and we stood surrounded by the gentle creatures, some of them, too timid to eat direct from us, would take pieces thrown on the grass, but were somewhat suspicious of any new substance. Brown bread caused them much questioning and some panic before they ventured on trying it. The keeper presently came up and told us it was not allowed to take photos without a special permit (I had already taken five!), but that this was easily obtainable, which, on applying, I found to be the case. From these comparatively happy creatures turn to another scene. Olten as I look on their picture the fate of the hunted deer comes to my mind, and I wonder at the degradation of man. One of the hunts of last season rises before me as I write--the hideous cry of the pack as it gained on, and came up with the quarry; presently one or two men riding up on strained horses, shouting hoarsely in tones of brutal excitement. Then a silence, one or two calls, and men on foot cross the field to the pond where the ill-fated--no, rather fortunate!--deer, happy now in death, has taken refuge. Here the dogs had come up with it, far in advance of the hunters, and had overpowered and drowned it; nothing remained but to secure the carcase and send it to the butchers to be dressed for the table. What shall we say of the men and women that take their pleasure in such a way as this? Probably, most of them call themselves Christians. Does it ever occur to them, I wonder, as it occurs to me, that if the God whom they worship has found it worth while to create animals, it is not in order that we may amuse ourselves by tearing them in pieces? We, who think ourselves so far in advance of all other animals, and boast of having reached the topmost step in more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921186
  • 9781236921185