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The “Long and Ghastly Kitchen” of Animal Testing

With the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1859) people began extrapolating upon the idea of evolutionary kinship. They went beyond the biological sense to see a moral sense, recognized through simple logical deduction. There is biological continuum and so too a moral continuum. Half a century on it was still part of intellectual debate. J. Howard Moore, at the turn of the 20th century, explored the theme in The Universal Kinship (1906), a book on animals that suffered crimes of exploitation despite an ethical relationship:

Man has not a spark of so-called “divinity” about him. In important respects he is the most highly evolved of animals; but in origin, disposition, and form he is no more “divine” than the dog who laps his sores… Man is simply one portion of the immense enterprise.

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