The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights
which never could have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny.
. . a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as
well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week
or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it
avail? The question is not, can they reason? Nor can they talk? But, can
they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive
being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything