Illustrations for animal rights, animal ethics, welfare & conservation
24 April 2014
What is the Typical Attitude of People to Animals?
Attitude of People to Animals
What is the Typical Attitude of People to Animals? "...the life of animals and plants is preserved not for themselves but for man. Hence by a most just ordinance of the creator both their life and their death are subject for our use." (Thomas Aquinas, 13th century theologian. From his Summa Theologica.) When the Church adopted this reasoning, ordinary people absorbed it. Thus for hundreds of years people were released from scruples about how to treat animals. Hard luck for animals!