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Celebrity Interviews/ General/ vegetarian history/ Video

The Vegetarian – Han Kang

Han Kang – an interview – subtitled Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’ wins Man Booker fiction prize – Monday 16 May 2016 South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction this week with “The Vegetarian,” an unsettling novel in which a woman’s decision to stop eating meat has devastating consequences. “The Vegetarian” is the first of her books to be translated into English. It tells the story of…

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General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

More Than 542,000 Vegans In Britain

BREAKING NEWS – More Than 542,000 Vegans In Britain …… The Vegan Society – click here. …… THE TELEGRAPH – click here. Some 542,000 people aged 15 or over – more than one per cent of the population – have adopted a plant-based diet, up from 150,000 in 2006. According to the Vegan Society, the survey proves that veganism is now one of Britain’s “fastest growing lifestyle movements”. …… FEMALEFIRST.CO.UK…

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Animal Rights/ General

Be Kind To All Living Creatures

A conscientious worker strikes neither a child nor an animal, no defenseless being; he would not be a coward. A worker who strikes his horse has lost working-class solidarity; he mistreats a worker like himself; he abuses the beast he has the duty to care and protect, and thus shows his own boss an example of abusive exploitation of the weak by the strong, from which he will suffer in…

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Animal Rights/ General

Cruelty To Animals – Exposed – 1860s

Examples of multi-faceted UK & US collaboration. From a time when animal abuse was just starting to receive mass-media coverage. Cruelty to Animals – “Which Are the Brutes?” by Alfred Rudolph Waud An illustration exposing cruelty to animals, published in – Harper’s Weekly, A Journal of Civilization, February 23, 1867. An item in our Ernest Bell Library – Striking artwork – produced almost 150 years ago. It would have been seen by…

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General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

Satire, Thinking And Literature – ‘Vegans’ From 200 Years Ago

Note – we use ‘vegan’ and ‘vegans’ in inverted commas here, because we are discussing a period long before the word vegan came into existence. Even the word vegetarian was not yet in use. Pythagorean & Vegetable Eater / Eating – these were the commonly used terms. …… Our history is rich indeed. Circa 200 years ago in the UK – There had recently been a ‘vegan’ (or close to vegan) Sheriff…

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General

Ernest Bell: Sharing Some History

 Ernest Bell – from an editorial in the Animals’ Friend Annual Volume for 1907 “With regard to the Humane Diet there is also a great change of opinion and feeling going on. The “vegetarian” used, out of deference to public opinion, to have to speak a little humbly about his special “fad,” but now we find it is the carnivorous man who adopts the apologetic tone. If he poses at all as…

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General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

The Vegetarian Hotel, Woodridge, NY

An old postcard in our Ernest Bell Library. Subject: Vegetarian Hotel, Woodridge, N. Y. Publisher: A. S. Landis, Wurstboro, N. Y. Type: Linen Size: 3.5″ x 5.5″ (9 x 14 cm) Date: Undated – circa 1920 Every item in our collection has the power to tell / reveal ‘stories’! With this old postcard, it is ‘stories’ of people actively promoting vegetarianism in and around New York, from almost 100 years ago,…

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Animal Companions/ Animal Rights/ General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

So Shines A Good Dog – National Canine Defence League

A wonderfully designed postcard from the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) – circa 1930. A much loved item in the Ernest Bell Library. So Shines A Good Dog In A Naughty World ……quoting Shakespeare – ……’maybe’ quoting the Bible. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… William Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice, Act 5, Scene I – circa 1598 Portia: That light we see is burning in my hall.   How far that little candle throws…

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General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

Vegetarian Central London 1947

Time travel – back 68 years to Vegetarian Central London 1947. These 5 restaurant businesses had all survived WW2.  Kudos to all of the owners & their teams! Sharing a few items from our Ernest Bell Library archives. The ‘London Vegetarian Society’ in 1947 – minus most of its archives as its previous home had been destroyed in the ‘Blitz’ 6 years earlier in 1941. 5 places to eat –…

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Animal Rights/ General/ vegan history/ vegetarian history

Undercover Activism 100+ Years Ago!

Today: – ……we would like to jump back to 1914, to one of the first successful animal cruelty prosecutions. The court case was brought by the Performing and Captive Animals Defence League (PADL). We are happy to discover that undercover activism for the benefit of animals goes back more than 100 years! ‘Andrew’, a dealer friend in the UK, recently discovered this original postcard of ‘Choclat’ and sold it to us.…

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