Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since by Hilda Kean

By Hilda Kean

Within the overdue 20th century animals are information. Parliamentary debates, protests opposed to fox searching and tv courses like Animal Hospital all specialize in the way we deal with animals and on what that says approximately our personal humanity. As vegetarianism turns into ever extra renowned, and animal experimentation extra arguable, it's time to hint the history to modern debates and to situate them in a broader old context.

Hilda Kean appears to be like on the cultural and social function of animals from 1800 to the current – on the method within which visible photographs and myths captured the preferred mind's eye and inspired sympathy for animals and outrage at their exploitation. From early campaigns opposed to the thrashing of farm animals and ill-treatment of horses to trouble for canine in struggle and cats in laboratories, she explores the connection among well known photographs and public debate and motion. She additionally illustrates how curiosity in animal rights and welfare used to be heavily aligned with campaigns for political and social reform by way of feminists, radicals and socialists.

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The teaching of natural history was analogous, Huxley continued, to placing a catalogue in the viewer's hand. 28 Nature becomes accessible and rather than being an object of fear, is transformed into an object of pleasurable regard. The educational role ofanimals in print The changing perception of animals as focus of the gaze was further emphasized in the Zoological Society's gazetteer of the animals caged in the gardens. 29 The authors praised the gardens for the opportunity they had given for 'our countrymen in general ...

Other prominent men at the meeting included William Wilberforce, Stephen Lushington, Queen Caroline's former lawyer, and Richard Martin. Constituting themselves as the new organization's committee, the group went on to elect the Reverend Arthur Broome, an Anglican clergyman, as its first honorary secretary. This was not in initial membership a group embodying radical sympathies, but it sought to implement change pragmatically in the interests of animals. It set itself modest aims in the context of Christian religion, with its overall object 'the mitigation of animal suffering and the promotion and extension of the practice of humanity towards the inferior classes of animated beings'.

The section devoted to birds outlined their characteristics and suitability both as pets and as entrees for the dinner table. The flesh of the greater sulphur-crested cockatoo was apparently very tasty; wild swan was said to resemble beef and duck, but the reader was cautioned from eating pelicans since their flesh was not palatable)5 No doubt the popularity of the zoological gardens helped to provide a growing readership for illustrated books of prints of animals)6 Even if people could not see an exotic animal in the flesh at the zoo, then a visual representation rather than just the written word was available)?

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