Now a common evil certainly implies a common right to remedy; and where is the remedy to be found, if the South in all their speeches and writings repeat that slavery must exist—if the Colonization Society re-echo, in all their Addresses and Reports, that there is no help for the evil, and it is very wicked to hint that there is—and if public opinion here brands every body as a fanatic and madman, who wishes to inquire what can be done? The supineness of New-England on this subject, reminds me of the man who being asked to work at the pump, because the vessel was going down, answered, “I am only a passenger.”
~ Lydia M. Child (1833)
The more I look at it, the more enormous does it appear a violation of all the laws of God and man at once. A complete annihilation of justice. An inhumane abuse of power.
~ Charles C. Jones (September 8, 1829)
[A]s it appears to us too clear to admit of either denial or doubt, the Scriptures do sanction slaveholding … to be consistent with the Christian character and profession … [and] to declare it to be a heinous crime, is a direct impeachment of the word of God.
~ Charles Hodge (1836)
THAT some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized, nay, christianized people should approve, and be concerned in the savage practice, is surprising; and still persist, though it has been so often proved contrary to the light of nature, to every principle of Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications.
~ Thomas Paine (March 8, 1775)
As many animal advocates can attest to, there is nothing particularly unusual about the abuse at Conklin Dairy Farm. In fact, it is a routine example of what happens to animals all over the world, whenever they are being used for economic gain.
As long as animals remain the property of humans, and are legally allowed to be used as economic production units—living “machines” who produce eggs, milk, flesh, skin, fur and other bodily parts and secretions for human profit—they will be afforded no significant protection under the law, as the economic interests of the property owner will always trump even the most crucial interests of his or her property.
~ Angel Flinn (July 8, 2010)