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Women Against Cruelty: Protection of Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Diana Donald

Abstract

This book explores for the first time women’s leading roles in animal protection in nineteenth-century Britain. Victorian women founded pioneering bodies such as the Battersea Dogs’ Home, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the first anti-vivisection society. They intervened directly to stop abuses, promoted animal welfare, and schooled the young in humane values via the Band of Mercy movement. They also published literature that, through strongly-argued polemic or through imaginative story-telling, notably in Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, showed man’s unjustifiable cruelty to ani ... More

Keywords: sentimentality, vivisection, RSPCA, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Battersea Dogs’ Home, Band of Mercy, Black Beauty, Angela Burdett-Coutts, field sports

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526115423
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526115430

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Donald, author