"Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. - Deut. 4 This is something more than a moral precept; it breathes the spirit of chivalry. It reads like the product of a far later age than that in which it was framed. For, that animals have rights, is a modern idea - an idea which even in our own day is recognised only partially and imperfectly. Why should we invoke, as a justification of our behaviour to animals, a principle on which we should be ashamed to act in relation to human beings?"
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