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ON

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

BY

JAMES MACAULAY, M.A.

EDINBURGH:
JOHN JOHNSTONE, HUNTER SQUARE,

SUCCESSOR TO WAUGH AND INNES;
WHITTAKER & co., AND NISBET & CO., LONDON.

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John Johnstone, Printer, 104, High Street, Edinburgh. TO

THOMAS CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D.,

CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE FRENCH INSTITUTE,

PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH,

THIS

PRIZE ESSAY

RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

“A Prize of Twenty Sovereigns, offered to the Students of the Theological Faculty, for the best Essay on Cruelty to Animals,' was awarded to JAMES Macaulay, M. A.”

Extracted from the Edinburgh University Prize List, 1839.

[The above prize was given by Mrs Gibson of Edinburgh, the benevolent foundress of endowments for the preaching of Annual Sermons on this subject in several of the principal towns of Scotland.]

SYNOPSIS OF CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION--Statement of the subject, &c.

Origin and extent of the dominion of man over the

lower animals--Power of man acquired and main-
tained by his reason-No right of dominion thereby
acquired--This right granted by the special ap-
pointment of the Creator-Man's authority a dele-
gated trust--Origin of cruelty to animals in the
fall of man, and the corruption of human nature.

Motives and reasons for a kind and merciful use of the

absolute authority with which man has been in-
vested.

(A) Objective or external motives to humanity, drawn

from considerations connected with the animals,
and the place they occupy in the economy of the
universe.
Arguments from the nature of their life-From

the benefits derived from them--From their

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