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Nature volume 135, pages 164165 (02 February 1935) | Download Citation



THE century's work of the Royal Society for A the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was published in 1924, and now a second edition carries that history on through the succeeding decade. Both this and the analogous Society in respect to children have done notable work in directing the attention of the public to cruelty in whatever form they found it. They have used the law courts, the decisions of which attract the public and are educative in themselves. The times too have been favourable, for education became compulsory in the latter half of last century and has been increasingly conducted by men of broad outlook and knowledge. With the spread of scientific knowledge, it is difficult to conceive of avoidable cruelty now being countenanced by educated men, since all such would naturally be imbued with the ideas of evolution and with the close relationship, even ancestral, that this implies between man and beast.

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