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VIVISECTION. A general meeting of the members of the Society for the Protection of Animals Liable to Vivisection was held, under the presidency of Lord Shaftesbury, K.G., at the Westminster Palace Hotel, Victoria-street, London, on Friday, and the Bill now before Parlia- ment for preventing cruel experiments on animals was taken into consideration. Among those present were the Marquis of Bute, the Earl of Glasgow, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, Sir Rutherford Alcock, Cardinal Manning, the Hon. Evelyn Ashley, M.P., the Hon. W. Cowper-Temple, Mr. A. J. Mundella, M.P., &o. Thete were also several ladies in the room. It appeared from the report that this society was organised at the cloee of last year, and had for its sole object the obtaining th9 utmost possible pro- tection for animals liable to vivisection. The total re- ceipts of the society up to the 1st of April last amounted to J6815 503. 9.1., and the actual cash balance, after settlement of all liabilities, at the same date, was JM21 14s. The exertions and influence of the mem- bers and friends of the society were earnestly invoked by the committee in aid of the Bill, which, it falling short of their desires, still represented a great improve- ment in the present state of the law as regarded vivi- sectable animals. It laid down a principle of protection which might be thereupon reinforced should the pro- vision of the Bill be evaded by the persons concerned, and it would, without doubt, secure the immunity from torture of a large number of animals during the ensuing year. The Chairman said this was a special meeting con- vened for the purpose of taking into consideration the Bill now before Parliament and expressing their firm support of it. He should assume that the report had been read, so that the proceedings might be abbre- viated. He had received two letters, one from Lord Coleridge and the other from the Bishop of Win- chester, expressing their sympathy with the objects of the meeting and regretting that they were unable to be present. It was not necessary for him to detain them, for they all knew perfectly well the circumstances which had brought them together. A strong feeling had arisen against the cruelties prac- tised by vivisection, and the result was that a Royal Commission was appointed by the Government to in. quire into the matter, and, after due consideration, a measure was introduced by them. That measure was not all they desired. There was a large number of persons who wished for the total abolition of vivisec- tion, but it was not possible to obtain all they wanted, and, he believed, at the present time it would be impos- sible to do away with vivisection altogether. Having considered the Bill, he had come to the conclusion that it deserved the support of the country, and he hoped they would be prepared to promote it by every means in their power, so that it should become the law of the land. He prayed them not to be discouraged if they were not successful in carrying the measure which they now had before them. They might be de- feated, for it was quite possible that such alterations might be introduced that would tend, not to proteetthe animals, but to protect vivisection. That was not the kind of Bill they wanted. He was certainly prepared to stand by the Bill now before them, and he hoped they would all do what laid in their power to sustain public opinion in putting an end to this cruel practice. Cardinal Manning then proposed the first resolution, that the report of the honorary secretaries be adopted. Having expressed the pleasure he felt in doing so, he said that it was not because man had been given power over the lower creatures he had any right to convert it into tyranny or abuse. He was of opinion that so long as the Bill was framed on the report of the Commission, it could not be said that they were legislating against men of science. It was obvious the Bill now before them interfered with no man of science, and if he said that he was driven to a foreign country to study phy- siology, the speaker would say that it was not so, for the public law of England would give to all men of science a proper certificate of freedom to exercise what was right and legitimate. The resolution was seconded hv fcViA Hnft- W- Cowper Tenanla The following resolution was then proposed by Mr. Mnndella, M. P. That this society considers that legislation is1-urgently needed for the protection of animals liable to vivisection." This was seconded by the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The next resolution, as follows, was proposed by the Hon. Evelyn Ashley, M.P., and seconded by Mr. James Graham "That this society thankfully ac- cepts and supports the Bill now introduced by the Government to prevent cruel experiments on animals, and especially desires that the fifth clause of the Bill, exempting dogs and cats from all physiological experi- ments, should become law, and that a similar im- munity should be extended to horses, asses, and mules." The last resolution—"That this society pledges itself, should the Bill in question be thrown out or essentially weakened, to persist in its efforts to keep the question before the public, and so obtain an effec- tive measure for the protection of animals was then peoposed by Dr. Walker, and seconded by the Earl of Glasgow. All the resolutions were carried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding, proposed by the Marquis of Bute, terminated the proceedings.



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