Friday, July 04, 2014
Letter to the editor
I guess I have to blame Christianity for the attitude that has become so much a part of our western civilization. The Bible certainly implies that human beings are very different from other species, and that God gave man dominion over other animals. I doubt that His intention was that we use that power to abuse and torture them without any sense of empathy. It's a little contradictory to call them "God's creatures," and then treat them as objects of no particular intrinsic import beyond serving our own biological and psychological desires. But I guess the Bible endorses everything if you look for it hard enough. It's a book that has caused so much suffering, not only for animals, but humans, too.