Here is the 24th weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random titbits of animal history from the British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive) on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s).
This week all AHD tweets are from the 1900s – although from the 1960s onwards it’s difficult to find any mention of animals in the daily papers.
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
The Windsor Greys at Ascot
Saturday 17 June 1882
#AHD tweets: this week dogs without a tail, the Hull polo scene, an infuriated bull, an outlandish love of animals, skulking cats, a narrow escape and a rodeo gone wrong.
11th June: 1925: Law: No docking of dogs' tails w/out anaesthetic - docking was supposed to make dog smarter & owners bit tails off after birth (Yorkshire Evening Post)
12th June: 1905: Polo season opened at Holderness Club, Hull - vs Middlewood. M's horses far the best, but H's animals were 'not to be despised' (Hull Daily Mail)
(Image left: 11th May 1896 - Hull Daily Mail)
13th June: 1933: By jumping on back of infuriated bull & forcing animal to lie down by wrenching nose ring, quarryman saved farmhand from goring (Hull Daily Mail)
14th June: 1943: Love of animals is all very well. But what about our fellow human beings? Red Cross Service perpetually hard up yet anti-vivisection and animal welfare societies huge income. This seems wrong to us, esp. in war-time (2 tweets) (Sunday Post)
15th June: 1950: Derby RSPCA depot offers boarding for pets while people on summer holiday - cats sulk, though, in kennels as miss owners (Derby Daily Telegraph)
16th June: 1914: A Narrow Escape: tramcar thundering down Birmingham street stopped just short of small dog on tracks intent on devouring meat (Birmingham Gazette)
17th June: 1924: Rodeo performances at Wembley & the allegation of cruelty involved in the steer-roping contests, in which 1 animal had a leg broken on Saturday night, led to series of questions in H of C yesterday & decision by RSPCA to apply for a summons (2 tweets) (Western Morning News)
Hannah Velten - author of