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

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Henry Holt and Company, 23. 6. 2009 - 368 strán (strany)

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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SAVED
OF DUCHESSES AND DUCKS
RUDE AND NASTY PLEASURES
PETS AND THE CITY
DANCING DOGS AND HORSES OF KNOWLEDGE
ANIMAL CRIMES
PARLIAMENTS OF MONSTERS
STAGES OF CRUELTY
TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS
THE UNFORTUNATE TOURISTS
HUMANITY DICK
FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS
THE LEGACY OF ANIMAL PROTECTION
APPENDIX THE TEXT OF MARTINS
A NOTE TO THE READER
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THE MEANEST WORM IS OUR SISTER
THROW DOWN THE BUTCHERS KNIFE
HAIRTRIGGER MARTIN AND THE WOLFHOUND

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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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