| I believe I am not interested to know whether
Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't.
To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my
hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is
the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification
of the enmity without looking further. It is so distinctly a matter of feeling
with me, and is so strong and so deeply-rooted in my make and constitution,
that I am sure I could not even see a vivisector vivisected with anything
more than a sort of qualified satisfaction. I do not say I should not go
and look on; I only mean that I should almost surely fail to get out of
it the degree of contentment which it ought, of course, to be expected to
- Letter to London Anti-Vivisection Society, May 26, 1899
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"Mark Twain" on Sport and Vivisection.
The following letter from "Mark Twain," in acknowledgment of his election as honorary member of the London Anti-Vivisection Society has been received by the Secretary:
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