Evidence: Given Before the Royal Commission on Vivisection

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Basil Montagu Pickering, 1875 - Vivisection - 156 pages

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Page 99 - I do not know what I may appear to the world ; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me...
Page 38 - Commission; and also to call for, have access to and examine all such books, documents, registers and records as may afford you the fullest information on the subject and to inquire of and concerning the premises by all other lawful ways and means whatsoever...
Page 78 - ... which gives to their union life, memory, affection, intelligence, and fidelity, is evanescent. Every atom in the human frame, as well as in that of animals, undergoes a periodical change by continual waste and renovation ; the abode is changed, not its inhabitant. If animals have no future, the existence of many is most wretched ; multitudes are starved, cruelly beaten, and loaded during life; many die under a barbarous vivisection. I cannot believe that any creature was created for uncompensated...
Page 79 - Yes, he is a very good man; only I'm sorry he has his hands so much imbrued in blood. — "What, he cuts up rats?" — Ay, and dogs too ! — [With what emphasis and concern he spoke it.] — "Indeed, he commits most of these barbarities, with the thought of being of use to man : but how do we know, that we have a right to kill creatures that we are so little above as dogs, for our curiosity, or even for some use to us?" — P. "I used to carry it too far; I thought they had reason as well as we.
Page 48 - The heart is hard in nature, and unfit For human fellowship, as being void Of sympathy, and therefore dead alike To love and friendship both, that is not pleased With sight of animals enjoying life, Nor feels their happiness augment his own.
Page 57 - M. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance ; and thereto I give thee my troth.

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