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

Macmillan, 24 2008 - 352

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.


FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement

  - Kirkus

Bright account of the much-reviled reformers who fought to end animal cruelty in England.In 1822, the British Parliament passed the Ill-Treatment of Cattle Act, the world's first animal-protection law ...

LibraryThing Review

  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Outstanding early history of the animal rights movement.



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.