of All Creatures,
You know, Lord, cannibalism is a common ecological
interaction in the animal kingdom and has been
recorded for more than 1500 species. It does
not, as once believed, occur only as a result
of extreme food shortages
or artificial conditions, but commonly occurs
under natural conditions in a variety
of species. Cannibalism seems to be especially
prevalent in aquatic communities, in which some
90% of the organisms engage in cannibalism at
some point of the life cycle.
seems an especially cruel fact
of nature, but a stark differentiator between
mankind and beasts, although in some rare
or cruel circumstances humans have in fact eaten
gave man dominion over all the animals.
I vow to treat them always with dignity
You, Lord, especially for species
which serve us in many ways, especially dogs,
"Mankind's Best Friends."
ourselves, we are infinitely fortunate and favored
to have been given human faculties, intellect,
and most especially a human will an d an eternal
and the opportunity to live
in sublime happiness with You and Your saints
forever and forever.
Donn B. Murphy 2012
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