Animals: Humane Anniversary

In the year 1822 a high-minded little group of men led by an M. P. from Galway, Richard ("Humanity") Martin, gathered at Old Slaughter's Coffee House in London, and formed the first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In the same year they induced Parliament to pass a bill to punish persons who ''wantonly and cruelly" beat or ill-treated horses, mares, geldings, mules, asses, oxen, cows, heifers, steers, sheep.

In the year 1864 one Henry Bergh, son of a wealthy New York shipbuilder, returned to the U. S. from a consulship...

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