Commentary

7.9 Advancement of animal welfare

CHARITIES AND CHARITABLE GIVING vol 6(2)
| Commentary

7.9 Advancement of animal welfare

| Commentary

7.9 Advancement of animal welfare

It has never been regarded as a charitable purpose to benefit individual animals. The basis upon which the welfare of animals has previously been seen as charitable was the moral benefit to mankind that was derived from seeing that animals were being treated humanely1. The charitable purpose was the promotion of a ‘humane and generous sentiment in man’ so as to ‘promote feelings of humanity and morality generally, repress brutality, and thus elevate the human race’2 rather than to help the animals as such. The fact that the description used in the legislation now refers

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