Page 7, 4th March 1977

4th March 1977
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Page 7, 4th March 1977 — Hideous trade in slaughter

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Hideous trade in slaughter

With regard to animal rights, the whole relationship between man and animals is fraught with great difficulty, and is indeed a profound and terrifying mystery. Two great evils of today are the cruelties of factory farming and the houses of vivisection, and the Church is not giving guidance in this huge problem in which there are tremendous spiritual issues. However, I am glad to say that it is a clergyman (an Anglican) who is leading a campaign in Dover against the hideous trade in the export of live animals for slaughter.

The cause of animal welfare is not something. that can be left to a small minority called "animal lovers": rather it is a duty incumbent on all Christians who worship a God of Love and strive to bring His Kingdom of Love on earth. Compassion is indivisible. We delude ourselves if we think we can have it for a suffering human on the other side of the world, and not have it for the starving dog on our doorstep or the tortured animals in our laboratories.

(Miss) Constance Madden Brighton, Sussex. Perhaps Fr McGarry should read the Sunday Telegraph's current series of articles on that very subject: perhaps then he would not be so naive about the terrorists in Rhodesia.

Edmund Waddelove

Ruthin, Clwyd, North Wales.

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