Styles, John Books1996 0-7734-8710-7
Written in 1839, winner of the RSPCA prize for the best essay on 'the obligations of humanity as due to the brute creation', The Animal Creation is one of the pioneering statements of the animal welfare position, and will interest historians, theologians, and all who care about animals. Styles argues that the claims of animals are based on natural religion and morality. The obligation to avoid humanly inflicted suffering should be paramount. Dedicated to Queen Victoria who took up the cause of animal protection by becoming a Patron of the RSPCA and who appears to have sanctioned the publication of the book itself.