For the Love of Animals

For the Love of Animals

The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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In eighteenth-century England--where cockfighting and bullbaiting drew large crowds, and the abuse of animals was routine--the idea of animal protection was dismissed as laughably radical. But as pets became more common, human attitudes toward animals evolved. An unconventional duchess defended their intellect in her writings; a gentleman scientist believed that animals should be treated with compassion; and with the concentrated efforts of an eccentric Scots barrister and a flamboyant Irishman, the lives of beasts--and, correspondingly, men and women--began to change. Kathryn Shevelow, a scholar of the eighteenth century, gives us the dramatic story of the bold reformers who braved attacks because they sympathized with the plight of creatures everywhere. More than just a history, this cultural narrative is an exploration into how our feelings toward animals reveal our ideas about ourselves, God, mercy, and nature.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805080902
Branch Call Number: 179.3094 SHEVELO
Characteristics: x, 352 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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May 26, 2012

A historical look at how the anglo animal welfare movement developed. It is European-based for this reason. It ends with a call to action.


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