|St. John of Kronstadt|
"Do not breathe malice, vengeance, and murder even towards animals... Remember, that animals are called to life by God's mercy that they may enjoy their existence as much as they can during their short life. 'The Lord is good to all.'(Ps. cxlv.9) Do not beat them if they are unreasonable, or if they play tricks, or if any of your property is damaged by them. 'Blessed is the man who is merciful to his beast.'"