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September 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(10):610. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490290022007

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It is reported in the daily press that a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals in a leading Eastern town is promoting the establishment of a cemetery for dogs and cats and is soliciting subscriptions therefor. The city where this society exercises its function is already notable as the only one in the country containing a well-built—and we believe it is also well-endowed— asylum for homeless cats. While we do not object to zoöphily when it does not interfere with more important matters, it does seem to us that there is danger of overdoing this sort of thing. While so large a proportion of our own species suffers from neglect, and needs care in hospitals and asylums and lacks the means of decent burial, to establish hospitals and cemeteries for dogs and cats seems to us a reductio ad absurdum of benevolence. All animals should be humanely treated

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