Conservatives and Animal Rights
Lamentably, many conservatives lack sympathy with the principle of Animal Rights. One explanation for this insensitivity, especially among religious conservatives, is rooted in biblical doctrine and its dogma regarding the relationship of God to man and man to animals. Yet, just as many conservatives in recent years have tempered their previous hard line on such important moral/cultural issues as homosexuality and drug use, it is possible that attitudinal change is coming regarding Animal Rights. A current example is an essay by Matthew Scolly entitled "Animal Spirit" which appears in the November 9, 1998, issue of NATIONAL REVIEW. NR is not only a-perhaps the-preeminent journal of conservative intellectual thought, but often the publication has been well ahead of the curve in opening and fomenting discussion of issues too long ignored, or summarily dismissed, by conservatives. Mr. Scully's essay is reprinted here (with the kind permission of NATIONAL REVIEW) in the hope that "Animal Spirit" will engage the thoughtful attention of many conservatives who until now have believed that biblical doctrine and concern for the well-being of animals were antithetical.