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George Bedborough: Plant Eating: Animal Rights

A section from ‘The Atheist’ by George Bedborough.  The ‘Humanitarian League’ section! Truly one of my favorite ‘poems’.   ~ Food is bought,  So is drink, by a sort of intuition,  With no heed of waste or malnutrition.  Lambs are slaughtered, calves are bled,  That our young may be ill-fed.  Fruit, nuts and cereals which might save man  Scarce find a place in his dietic plan.  In robbing birds of…

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Some of The First Ever Magazines For Vegetarian Children

These were produced in London. The London Vegetarian Society was the ‘most vegan’ group in the UK at this time. Henry S. Salt & Ernest Bell were writing about 100% vegetable diets. A ‘vegan’ recipe book was published in London in 1910 – No Animal Food And Nutrition And Diet With Vegetable Recipes  by Rupert H. Wheldon A battered & bruised little item in our Ernest Bell Library. Almost as rare…

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How To Balance Animal Rights And Animal Welfare?

Let us seriously consider: – How to balance animal rights and animal welfare? First a quote from a 2014 book which I am very fond of – ~ I ask myself continuously how to balance the utopian vision of animal rights with the pragmatic politics of animal welfare. For the sake of the animals, I always take the side of rights over welfare; however, there are times, particularly in the political arena, when welfare…

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The Isle of Vegetariana by G. Bedborough

This is one of the earliest vegetarian children’s stories in English that we have discovered. George Bedborough’s thinking is delightful. I particularly love his reflections on militancy. ! Please remember that this story was written more than 100 years ago – just pre-WWI – it is ‘pre-factory farming’ & does not go ‘all the way to vegan’. The ‘non-vegan’ section is highlighted in purple. Mrs Duck and Mrs Cow are pragmatists –…

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