Henry S. Salt was “…The First Writer To Consider The Issue Of Animal Rights Explicitly, As Opposed To Better Animal Welfare.”

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Animals’ Rights

Considered in relation to social progress -

with a bibliographical appendix

by Henry S. Salt.

Published 1892 by G. Bell in London, New York .

This is one of the most handled & most admired items in our Ernest Bell Library.

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A contemporary review of the book

Animals’ Rights

The Times, October 27, 1892

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~ While the subject of vivisection is so prominently before the public, it is opportune to draw attention to ANIMALS’ RIGHTS, considered in relation to Social Progress, by Henry S. Salt (George Bell and Sons), which seeks “to set the principle of animals’ rights on a consistent and intelligible footing.” The title will grate, no doubt, on the ears of followers of Austin. It is true, however, that vivisection is only one branch of a wide question which includes the morality of sport, of the enslavement of domestic animals, of the slaughter of animals for food, and of “murderous millinery.” Many of Mr. Salt’s pleas for humanity will win universal assent. But when his initial assumption of a right on the part of animals to live at any rate is found to involve the sacrifice not only of “experimental torture,” but of all forms of sport and animal food, the reader will feel that a too philosophical advocate may do the cause of humanity more harm than good. ~

(See below for details of Philip Austin’s book)

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More information about this book on our Henry S. Salt Archive site.

The entire book available to read online.

Contents

I.  The Principle of Animals’ Rights
II.  The Case of Domestic Animals
III.  The Case of Wild Animals
IV.  The Slaughter of Animals for Food
V.  Sport, or Amateur Butchery
VI.  Murderous Millinery
VII.  Experimental Torture
VIII.  Lines of Reform
Bibliography of the Rights Of Animals

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We also have copies of the Final Revised Edition –

Animals’ Rights – Considered in Relation to Social Progress by Henry S. Salt

George Bell & Sons Ltd., London, 1922, 124 pages.

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Here is Henry S. Salt reflecting on this edition – in a piece which he wrote for the ‘Cruel Sports‘ magazine – the official journal for the League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports when Ernest Bell died in 1933. Again we have original copies of the magazines in the Ernest Bell Library.

~ For instance, when the Humanitarian League was coming to an end, it was arranged that, in lieu of a testimonial (which I disliked), a sum which they had in hand should be spent in printing a new edition of my “Animals’ Rights,” which Bell would publish, and hold for me. The prospect, you see, was a very pleasant one; I should, for once, be able to play the part of a generous author, and make free with a half-crown book. But when, after some considerable time had passed, the subject was mentioned, E.B. started, looked rather troubled, and explained that he had quite forgotten that the books did not belong to himself; in brief, he had already given them away. What could I do but beg him “not to mention it”? E.B. and I had a hearty laugh over this story. ~ – Henry S. Salt is talking about the 1922 edition.

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Notes

……details of Philip Austin’s book.

Henry S. Salt’s notes on – Our Duty towards Animals. By Philip Austin. London, 1885.

Pages 160 & 161 of the 1922 Edition -

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Working to promote vegan businesses since 1978. Henry S. Salt Archive - researcher & fundraiser. The Humanitarian League - researcher & fundraiser. The Ernest Bell Library - archive manager. Collecting & republishing historical material of vegetarianism and other humanitarian movements. Running the 'Hum-an-imal Badge Co.'.
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