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

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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 Englandwhere cockfighting and bullbaiting drew large crowds, and the abuse of animals was routinethe 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 beastsand, correspondingly, men and womenbegan 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 animalsand into the minds of humansduring some of historys most fascinating times.

Kathryn Shevelow, a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, 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 Actresss Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century Londons Wild and Wicked Theatrical World and Women and Print Culture. She lives in Solana Beach, California.

In eighteenth-century Englandwhere cockfighting and bullbaiting drew large crowds, and the abuse of animals was routinethe 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 beastsand, correspondingly, men and womenbegan 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 animalsand into the minds of humansduring some of historys most fascinating times.

"Shevelow's passionate and lively book explores the cultural role of animals in 18th and early 19th century England, chronicles Martin's odyssey to protect them and culminates in the passage of the bill and the SPCA's founding. It is a fascinating story . . . Shevelow's book shows how far we've come in terms of animal protection, and how far we have to go."Michael O'Donnell, San Francisco Chronicle 

"Chances are that as you read these words you are in the company of one or more domestic animals: a dog or a cat most likely, but perhaps a parakeet or even a pot-bellied pig. Indeed as I write, I have at my feet two dachshunds, Sophie and Clifford, snoozing away on their tuffet, and somewhere in the apartment lurks Wayne, the alley cat, who honors me with his presence whenand only whenhe jolly well feels like it. When my wife is at home we are a household of five, and at times it can be exceedingly difficult to determine who, exactly, owns whom. There is nothing new about this, which is one of the many useful points made by Kathryn Shevelow in this exceptionally interesting history of the animal protection movement in 18th and 19th century England . . . For the Love of Animals is exemplary in every respect. Shevelow, who teaches 18th-century British literature and culture at the University of California at San Diego, obviously has strong feelings about her subject, but she has not written a jeremiad. She is scrupulous in her research, fair to all participants in the ongoing debate, and writes eminently readable prose. It is a special bonus that she has rescued Richard Martin from oblivion and given him the respect he so clearly deserves"Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World (cover review)

"In this fascinating history of the animal-rights movement, Kathryn Shevelow captures the unique relationship between the advocatessuch characters as the outspoken 17th century duchess and the 19th century Irish M. P. nicknamed 'Humanity Dick'and the animals they fought for. She traces the movement's growth from its roots in the quirky aristocracy to the clergy and the people, showing how compassion became a question of justice. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham captured the new sense of kinship with animals: 'The question is not, Can they reason? Nor, Can they talk? But, Can they suffer?' Surely, understanding the transformation in our thinking about animals illumines our understanding of human evolutionfrom survival to stewardship."Los Angeles Times 

“Shevelow is to be commended for reaching into this particular historical cesspool . . . Her book may inspire others to stand up to injustice."Rebecca Jones, Rocky Mountain News

"For the Love of Animals provides a perceptive and eye-opening look at how the British people developed a sense of obligation toward the defenseless creatures in their care. Through vivid anecdotes, Shevelow, who is a professor of British literature at the University of California at San Diego, brings readers on a tour of Britains massive contradictions and paints memorable portraits of the motley crew that invented the animal-rights movement . . . Many of the stories of animal abuse in For the Love of Animals are disturbing, and Shevelow helpfully advises readers which chapters they can skip to avoid them. Happily, there is also much to appreciate, including tales of the activists who spoke up despite endless ridicule . . . Shevelow livens her tale with stories of Europes obsessions with half-human monsters and complex mechanical animals. She also finds plenty of unusual characters among the reformers, including an early vegetarian who still managed to be fat as a house and Richard 'Hair-Trigger Martin,' an Irish leader who challenged a man to a duel over the cold-blooded murder of a gentle wolfhound that didnt even belong to him . . . This book is thought-provoking and inspiring, reminding readers how much hasand hasntchanged over the centuries. The animals treasured by so many of us continue to fall victim to cruelty and abuse. But thanks to the efforts of those who withstood withering attacks from naysayers, justice and generosity are forever on their side."Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor 

"In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in concern for four-legged animals, centering on efforts to prevent the ominous wave of extinctions. This naturally emphasizes wild animals and draws attention to species that most people have rarely or never seen. But compassion for animals has existed longer when it comes to more familiar beasts, the pets and working animals that surround us.

Review:

"Shevelow (Women and Print Culture) documents the history of animal cruelty and the slow, controversial and much maligned rise of the animal protection movement in 17th- and 18th-century England. This thoroughly researched and impressively detailed account limns the atrocities committed by humans against 'dumb brutes,' the popularity of English 'blood sports' — bullbaiting and dog-fighting — the ubiquity of bear gardens and cockpits and animals dying from overwork, beatings and neglect. Shevelow charts England's slowly evolving beliefs about animals and paints vivid portraits of the crusaders, misfits and radicals who rallied for animal protection — Margaret Cavendish, William Hogarth and Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin — and traces the foundation of the SPCA and the passage of Martin's Act, the world's first animal-protection law. This is a fascinating, often disturbing and frequently funny book, a must read for anyone concerned with the treatment of animals and a call to action for the next generation of animal rights activists. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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 historys most fascinating times.

About the Author

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 Actresss Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century Londons Wild and Wicked Theatrical World and Women and Print Culture. She lives in Solana Beach, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805080902
Subtitle:
The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Author:
Shevelow, Kathryn
Subject:
Animal Rights
Subject:
History
Subject:
Animal welfare
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Animal welfare - Great Britain - History -
Subject:
Animal rights movement - Great Britain
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Outdoors-Conservation and Animal Rights
Subject:
Great britain
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Art throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 368 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805080902 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shevelow (Women and Print Culture) documents the history of animal cruelty and the slow, controversial and much maligned rise of the animal protection movement in 17th- and 18th-century England. This thoroughly researched and impressively detailed account limns the atrocities committed by humans against 'dumb brutes,' the popularity of English 'blood sports' — bullbaiting and dog-fighting — the ubiquity of bear gardens and cockpits and animals dying from overwork, beatings and neglect. Shevelow charts England's slowly evolving beliefs about animals and paints vivid portraits of the crusaders, misfits and radicals who rallied for animal protection — Margaret Cavendish, William Hogarth and Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin — and traces the foundation of the SPCA and the passage of Martin's Act, the world's first animal-protection law. This is a fascinating, often disturbing and frequently funny book, a must read for anyone concerned with the treatment of animals and a call to action for the next generation of animal rights activists. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

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 historys most fascinating times.

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