Today in lecture we talked about how it took Americans until the 1800s to get organized about animal welfare.
The following was written probably between 1400 and 1500 BC:
"If you come across a bird's nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young."
And this was written around 10th century BC:
"A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."