|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
|England: early 19th Century
Lewis Gompertz (1779-1865)
| Lewis Gompertz was a founder member of the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1824 (later became RSPCA)
from 'Moral Inquiries into the Situation of Man and of Brutes':
The dreadful situation of the brute creation, particularly of those which have been domesticated, claims our strictest attention.
It seems that the crime of cruelty proceeds greatly from improper education.
Subjects of moral inquiry are too often chased from the attention of youth,
from a false idea that they are mere chimeras too difficult to enter into,
that they only serve to confound us and to lead us into disputes, which
never come to a conclusion; that they cause us to fall into eccentricities,
and unfit us for all the offices of life, and at last drive us into downright