The War of the Worlds

Animal Rights activist David McKnight, writing in the November 2004 issue of Human and Animal Rights, noted that at least five vegetarians and animal rights activists known to him personally were substantially influenced to take their stance by reading Wells’ book, which vividly conveys human beings’ horror at becoming in effect the Martians’ food animals. He surmises that many other people may have been similarly affected, though it might not have been Wells’ intention to propagate vegetarianism. In many passages, an explicit comparison is drawn between the Martians’ treatment of humans and the humans’ own treatment of cows, rabbits, rats, ants and other creatures which mankind in one way or another treads underfoot.

— Wikipedia on The War of the Worlds

— 22:33, 18 July 2006



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