For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement

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Macmillan, Jun 24, 2008 - History - 352 pages
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The engaging story of how an unlikely group of extraordinary people laid the foundation for the legal protection of animals


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 steadily. 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 respected eighteenth-century scholar, 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 is an eye-opening exploration into how our feelings toward animals reveal our ideas about ourselves, God, mercy, and nature. Accessible and lively, For the Love of Animals is a captivating cultural narrative that takes us into the lives of animals—and into the minds of humans—during some of history’s most fascinating times.

  

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Contents

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dumb brutes
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Of Duchesses and Ducks
17
Rude and Nasty Pleasures
39
Pets and the City
55
Dancing Dogs and Horses of Knowledge
76
Animal Crimes
90
Parliaments of Monsters
106
HairTrigger Martin and the Wolfhound
182
speaking for animals
199
Taking the Bull by the Horns
201
The Unfortunate Tourists Dog
223
Humanity Dick
245
For the Love of Animals
265
The Legacy of Animal Protection
281
Notes 295
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Stages of Cruelty
127
The Meanest Worm Is Our Sister
147
Throw Down the Butchers Knife
164
Acknowledgments
333
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About the author (2008)

A specialist in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, Kathryn Shevelow is an award-winning professor at the University of California in San Diego. She is the author of Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress’s Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London’s Wild and Wicked Theatrical World and Women and Print Culture. She lives in Solana Beach, California.

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