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By Hilda Kean

Within the overdue 20th century animals are information. Parliamentary debates, protests opposed to fox looking and tv courses like Animal Hospital all specialize in the best way we deal with animals and on what that says approximately our personal humanity. As vegetarianism turns into ever extra well known, and animal experimentation extra debatable, it's time to hint the heritage to modern debates and to situate them in a broader historic context.

Hilda Kean seems on the cultural and social function of animals from 1800 to the current – on the means within which visible photographs and myths captured the preferred mind's eye and inspired sympathy for animals and outrage at their exploitation. From early campaigns opposed to the thrashing of livestock and ill-treatment of horses to crisis for canines in warfare and cats in laboratories, she explores the connection among renowned photos and public debate and motion. She additionally illustrates how curiosity in animal rights and welfare was once heavily aligned with campaigns for political and social reform through feminists, radicals and socialists.

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Influenced by Linnaeus, the Enlightenment's most famous naturalist scientist, the original Zoological Society of 1823 was founded to promote the study of zoology among the specialist and lay person alike. Within a few years it had admitted women to its membership, and issued a prospectus outlining the objects of introducing and domesticating new breeds or varieties of animals likely to be 'useful in common life, and for forming a general collection in zoology'. 8 The Society esta blished a farm for breeding purposes in Richmond and in 1830 laid out the gardens and enclosures for animals in Regent's Park.

6 1 In his pamphlet outlining the obligations of people towards animals Youatt criticized the way fish were caught - they were not stunned first, and lobsters and whelks were boiled alive - and, perhaps SIGHT, SPECTACLE AND EDUCATION 43 surprisingly for such a high-ranking scientist, attacked most animal vivisection, which he dismissed as unnecessary and overrated. 'r8 Working people had not previously had the opportunity of seeing works of art or archaeological finds, since these would have been displayed in private collections.

Human contamination was as significant as idealistic motifs. 8r Changing men: befriending horses A different, close relationship between the treatment of animals and human health was found in the work of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association (MDFCTA), founded in 1859. Public fountains and troughs, founded by public subscription in London and in other major cities including Liverpool and Edinburgh, provided free water for tired animal and human travellers. The erection of such structures created a visible and permanent reminder in public streets of examples of practical humanity.

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