« PreviousContinue »
A Suggestion Adoptea. AS a true lover of animals, may I beg of you
(We are very glad to adopt our correspondent's to sale, suggestion. We once had a column of or exchange, of pets. It was whilst casting this sort in our advertising space, but it about in my mind for a good home for a cherished was poorly supported, although one donkey, that the idea occurred to me. Your humane and charitable lady living in readers would be only too glad to pay for Surrey found it very useful. We have advertising in your paper, where the ad- again instituted this advertising section at vertisement would be read by lovers of a charge of one penny for every three animals. I think that so many would be words, address counted; the minimum relieved at the chance thus given of some old charge will be 6d., which will cover favourite, from whom they are bound to part, eighteen words or less. No advertisement it may be with tears, meeting with humane offering for sale, or seeking for captivated and "animal-friendly.”. treatment, besides the wild animals will be accepted on any help that the advertising fees would be to a terms. Orders should go to the Animals' paper which all, professing a love of animals, Friend publishing offices, 4 and 5 York must be anxious to aid.
Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C.]
Record of the Month.
We hear from America that a pneumatic solicited; they may be sent to Miss P. H. horse collar has been invented which adjusts Johnston, The Beeches, Carlisle. itself to the shape of the horse's neck and shoulders, and does away with the chafing
Home of Rest FOR HORSES. which is such a common cause of suffering. A festival dinner in aid of the funds of
this institution was held at the Hotel Cecil, TWENTY-THREE new orders for the protection London, on June 29th. Sir Henry Harben of birds and their eggs have been issued during presided, and the company, numbering this year in response to applications from the nearly one hundred and fifty, included Lady County Councils in various parts of the Harben, the Countess of Cardigan, Lady kingdom. This is a hopeful sign of increased William Lennox, Lord Haddington, Lord interest in bird life. All who have any Borthwick, Count Vinci, General Lowry, the influence with their County Councillors should Hon. Albany Erskine, Mr. Skewes-Cox, M.P., press this matter on their notice. The Home Mr. Swift MacNeill, M.P., Mr. T. Lough, M.P., Secretary is very willing to grant the orders if General Nuthall, Mr. Candy, Q.C., and Canon the County Councils will only apply for them. Rawnsley. The Chairman, in proposing the
toast of the evening, “ Prosperity to the Home 6 ANIMALS' WAYS AND CLAIMS" is the title
of Rest for Horses," made an earnest appeal new book by Miss Edith Carrington,
on behalf of the charity. He said that if there which Messrs. Bell will publish this month.
was one thing which would distinguish the Victorian era more than another it was the
change which had come over the feelings of The articles on " How to Kill ANIMALS HUMANELY” with additions on the slaughter
the people in regard to the treatment of of cattle, will be published immediately by in reality, a convalescent home for horses,
animals. This institution provided what was, the HUMANITARIAN League as a pamphlet, providing rest
and skilled treatment for price 2d.
animals who, from the vicissitudes and
hard work of London life and accidental We know it does take a long time for some causes,
temporarily incapacitated. brains to grasp a simple idea, and we must not General Lowry responded. Subscriptions hurry them unduly, but we are very glad to see were announced amounting to £1,068, includ. that Mr. Walter Long has announced that he ing £220 from the chairman and £100 from an has in preparation a Bill to oblige dog owners
anonymous donor. to a collar and badge. We shall be interested to see what Mr. Long will do about DISHORNING CATTLE.—Dr. Jas. Taylor, of the longhaired dog who, he told us at one
the Square, Tanderagee, County Armagh, time, made such a measure impracticable. It writes :-“ Permit me space to urge upon is whispered that Government shears of
those who have influence with the Society special pattern will be made compulsory for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wherewith to clip the dog's hair at stated
to use it now that the season tas arrived intervals (all sporting dogs exempted).
when means can be adopted to prevent
the growth of horns on calves by the use of Naples Society FOR THE PROTECTION OF caustic potash. In no way could the society ANIMALS.
prevent more needless suffering than by The Princess Mele Barese, president of this promoting this simple means for avoiding the society, writes from Naples :-" The work done necessity for dishorning. The reasons it is by our inspectors during 1896 was far more not more universally used are carelessness, considerable than in any former year, as is want of skill in application, prejudice, and the shown by the following statistics :--Carts, to fact that those who rear calves are not as a which more animals were attached, 44,321 ; rule those who benefit by dishorned cattle. of which the load was diminished, 17,321. To my mind these difficulties may be removed Confiscated-sticks used for beating, 34,563 ; by the appointment of agents in districts who stakes used for beating, 6,448 ; spikes on curb- use the caustic and supply it free from chains, 897. Convictions—working in charge. By the society giving prizes to the unfit state, 957; beating, etc., 901 ; overload. agents, who can produce the best results, ing, 424. There can be no doubt that the interest in the movement would be taken. An society has already effected a great improve- Act of Parliament could also be promoted to ment in the treatment of animals in Naples make it illegal to dishorn any animal calved and the neighbourhood, but nevertheless there after a certain date except under license to is a vast amount still to be done. I shrink properly qualified persons. As dishorning is from writing of horrors, but, to give your now unnecessary, and a license would meet readers an idea of the fearful cruelty with exceptional cases, no hardship could result to which we have to deal, I will mention that of the farmers. There few who have the drivers convicted for beating, it had witnessed the agony of freshly dishorned cattle knocked out their animals' eyes and four had or the brutal operation who would not con. beaten their horses until they fell dead in tribute to means to abolish the unnecessary the street. Contributions are most earnestly torture."
The Humane poets.
No. 4.-ROBERT BROWNING AND THE ANIMALS.
By DR. EDWARD Berdoe. T was a happy coincidence in my career friends. Whoever would refuse to sign would
that shortly after my introduction to certainly not be of the number.-Ever truly Miss Frances Power Cobbe, at the
and gratefully yours,
Robert BROWNING. residence of Mrs. Frank Morrison, I was powerfully attracted by the works In his poem “ Tray " the poet describes of Robert Browning. I say it was
an incident which was witnessed by one of happy coincidence because my medical
his friends in Paris. training had taught me a passionate love A little girl fell into the Seine. None of for scientific pursuits, and led me to repress,
the spectators went to her rescue; but a if not to suppress, the emotional side of dog plunged into the river and saved the my nature, that I was rather fearful that child; then, to the astonishment of the in throwing in my lot with Miss Cobbe bystanders, dived again, and after battling and her following, “chiefly composed of with the stream, appeared with the child's ladies," as the reporters say of our
doll in his mouth, brought that to land meetings, I was in danger of sacrificing also, and then trotted off as if he had done science to emotion, or head to heart. nothing worthy of praise. Having heard a lecture on Browning's "* Up he comes with the child, see, tight Sordello about this time, I determined to
In mouth, alive too, clutched from quite join the Browning Society, whose meetings A depth of ten feet-twelve, I bet! had just started at University College. Good dog! What, off again? There's yet The scientific bent of the poet's intellect,
Another child to save ? All right! and his well-reasoned theism, came as a
• How strange we saw no other fall! corrective to the agnosticism I had in
It's instinct in the animal. sensibly absorbed during my hospital Good dog! But he's a long while under : career, and when I learned that Browning If he's got drowned I should not wonderwas a Vice-president of the Victoria Street Strong current, that against the wall ! Society for the Protection of Animals, and had always expressed the utmost
• Here he comes, holds in his mouth this timeabhorrence of the practices which it
What may the thing be? Well, that's prime!
Reason reigns opposes, I felt that my head was in as good
In man alone, since all Tray's pains company as my heart, and that Victoria
Have fished—the child's doll from the slime!' Street and its crusade had supplied me with a helmet as well as a breast-plate.
• And so, amid the laughter gay, Miss Cobbe very kindly allowed me to
Trotted my hero off, -old Tray,– copy for my book, entitled “ Browning's
Till somebody, prerogatived Message to his Time," the following letter
With reason, reasoned: Why he dived,
His brain would show us, addressed to her by the poet on the occasion of the presentation of the memorial to the “John, go and catch-or, if needs be, R.S.P.C.A. in 1875:
Purchase that animal for me!
By vivisection, at expense 19, Warwick Crescent, W.
of half-an-hour and eighteen pence, December 28th, 1874.
How brain secretes dog's soul, we'll see!'' Dear Miss Cobbe, I return the petition unsigned, for the one good reason, that I have
In the poet's latest volume, entitled just signed its fellow forwarded to me by Mrs.
* Asolando,” given to the world at the You have heard, “ I take an equal interest
moment of his death, for it was published with yourself in the effort to suppress vivisec.
on December 12th, 1889, the day Robert tion.” I dare not so honour my mere wishes Browning died in Venice, there is a poem and prayers as to put them for a moment entitled “ The Lady and the Painter.” A beside your noble acts; but this I know, I lady visitor to an artist protests against the would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so
nude in art, and declares that it is a far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured on the pretence of sparing me
degradation of womanhood to employ a twinge or two. I return the paper, because I
virgin“ to strip and stand stark-naked” as shall be probably shut up here for the next
a model. The painter looks at his visitor's week or more, and prevented from seeing my head-dress, and asks, What clings half
I should say.
savage-like around your hat?"
" Wild- Hospital be of the least service in so holy a bird-wings," replies the visitor, The indignant artist reproves the hypocrisy
Do permit me to take the opportunity of of the woman “clothed with murder of
saying how grateful I am to you on other
grounds. God's best of harmless beings,” and bids
Ever truly yours, her strip off the spoils she wears and
ROBERT BROWNING. stand to help art like his model.
It was found that the work of establishing " Who granted to my reverent gaze, a hospital on the proposed lines was too A type of purest womanhood.”
great for the Victoria Street Society for the In another poem in the same volume,
Protection of Animals to carry through, as entitled “ Arcades Ambo,” he pours scorn it must have considerably diverted the and contempt on the man who is not energies of the Committee from its proper ashamed to say,
work of opposing vivisection, and the “ I, who would have no end of brutes
matter remained in abeyance for several Cut up alive to guess what suits
years. It has now, in this Diamond My case and saves my toe from shoots." Jubilee year, been revived, and appears He considers such
before the philanthropic world as a
as great a poltroon as the soldier who runs away in
separate scheme, standing on its own battle when the balls fly about. Both shun
foundation with a strong Committee, whose
efforts will be devoted to its accomplishdeath, and both are cowards.
ment. That such a scheme was dear to When the proposal was made to start a
the heart of our great Victorian poet, hospital on Anti-vivisection lines, which
of was to be called the Shaftesbury, I asked
rests by the side
Lord Tennyson, in Westminster Abbey, Mr. Browning to become one of its
who also was Vice-President of the patrons, and received the following letter
Victoria Street Society, should be a in answer to my request :
sufficient inducement to those vho have 29, De Vere Gardens, W.
the means to help it forward by the double August 27th, 1889. incentive of suppressing scientific cruelty My dear Dr. Berdoe,-
to animals and of relieving human sufferI shall be delighted if the association of ing without making educational profit the my name with those of the patrons of the chief factor in the work of mercy. proposed scheme for an Anti-Vivisectionist
In the House of Commons on July 13th, Mr. Goschen presented a petition from meeting of the Pioneer Anti-Vivisection Society, London, Helen Bouchier, M.D., in the chair, praying for the total prohibition of vivisection.
Buxton, through the endeavours of the Manchester Society, possesses an active branch working for the Anti-Vivisection Cause, The annual meeting was held on July 27th, when Mr. Herbert Philips, J.P., of Maccles. field, presided. Dr. Arnold, of Manchester, spoke, and the Revs C. S. Green, A. Whymper, and R. Rew also assisted by their presence, etc. According to the annual report just issued, the beginning of the work in Buxton was a large drawing-room meeting held in the Old Hall Hotel, on November 4th, 1894, at which the Vicar presided. Mrs. Herbert Philips (Macclesfield) attended and read an exhaustive paper, and in the result
a strong working branch was formed. We congratulate our Buxton friends on their spirit, and, recognizing
The British Anti-DUBBING ASSOCIATION has sent us a pamphlet setting forth the arguments against the practice which they are formed to combat. Dubbing, we may ex. plain, is cutting off the comb, wattles, and deaf ear-lobes of fowls, as is usually done in the case of game cocks. There is absolutely no justification for the practice, which is very cruel, and we are glad to see steps are being taken to bring it into disrepute and disuse. Mr. F. R. Holmes, Wingham Well Farm, Wingham, Kent, is the Honorary Secretary (pro tem.), The British Anti-Dubbing Asso. ciation,