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Ernest Bell

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Ernest Bell Reflecting On Humans

  “Man is an almost hopelessly conceited animal. He thinks that not only the earth with all that it contains was created for his essential benefit, but also the sky, the sun, and indeed, the whole universe, as far as he has any knowledge of it, were designed for his purposes and welfare. The sun shines to warm him; the earth brings forth fruits to feed him; the mountains contain…

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Animal Rights/ General/ vegan history

The Cat by Henry S. Salt : The Mieaou Club : Harrison Weir

A bit of a ramble today! It may appeal to folk who are fond of a bit of animal related history! Henry S. Salt, standing up for cats – The Mieaou Club being reformed – Edith Carrington remembering Harrison Weir. Henry S. Salt & Edith Carrington were pioneers of vegetarianism (actually of veganism long before the word was invented) & of animal rights. Harrison Weir taught our great-grandparents to love…

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Cocoa, Certifying Poverty, A Better Future

Unripe Cocoa Pods Growing in Madagascar In this blog post we reflect on: – how cocoa has helped the animal rights movement historically. cocoa’s role in today’s 2016 vegan businesses. the merits and shortfalls of Fair Trade certification, & of the other certification options available to cocoa growers & cocoa processors. alternatives to the current certification options. …… Red Lights Certified ‘Vegan’ chocolate products may contain dairy and egg – especially if they were made on…

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Animal Companions/ Animal Rights/ General

And Cats! By Jessey Wade

This blog post remembers the work of two of our favorite animal rights activists. Almost 90 years ago, they were structuring a ‘special society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Cats’, ……and the work continues today – http://www.cats.org.uk/ ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Cats’ Protection League – a group of likeminded people led by Jessey Wade who were devoted to promoting the interests of domestic cats. Jessey Wade – the first Chairman Ernest Bell –…

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Progress of the Humane Diet Movement

An article by Ernest Bell, writing in Sept. 1914. First some notes – In this article, Ernest Bell is reflecting on his 40 years of being a vegetarian. He started to be an animal rights activist in ~ 1873. He had stopped eating meat in about 1874. He ‘veganized’ books which he published. His consumption of animal products such as milk seems to have been ‘O’. ~ …a little over twenty-five years… ~ – Ernest…

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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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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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vegan history/ vegetarian history

1834 Vegan Enthusiasm In Portland Maine

For the benefit of 2016 vegans – here – are HappyCow’s Maine listings In our Ernest Bell Library, we have an original handwritten letter from 1834, identifying one early ‘close to vegan’ Portland  resident – Reverend Henry Aiken Worcester, a Swedenborgian minister – and one ‘vegan’ visitor – Dr. Sylvester Graham. The letter tells us that Portland was quite a ‘vegan paradise’ in the 1830s. I use ‘vegan’ with inverted…

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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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