IN a perfect world there should be peace and harmony between humans and with the kingdoms of Nature.
The keynote of Theosophist H. P. Blavatsky’s worldview is the just and moral treatment of all beings in the world.
The First Object of the Theosophical Society she founded is Universal Brotherhood without distinctions.
The central teaching of Theosophy has added support in The Secret Doctrine, the Summing Up section (#5), which declares:
“Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious — endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.”
Consequently, Mme. Blavatsky was adamant in opposing animal exploitation and cruelty. She spoke out forcefully against sport hunting, foxes, birds and big game, and most strongly against vivisection — animals used in biological experiments:
“If these humble lines could make a few readers seriously turn their thoughts to all the horrors of vivisection, the writer would be content.”
“Permanent tortures, daily inflicted on the poor brutes” — in her article Have Animals Souls? Mme. Blavatsky wrote — “after calling forth an outburst from society generally, will force all Governments to put an end to those barbarous and shameful practices.“
“Man is endowed with reason, the infant with instinct, and the young animal shows more of both than the child.”