Here is the 25th 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).
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Animal Welfare Week Procession - 9th May 1925 - The Bath Chronicle and Herald (above)
Animal Welfare Week Procession - 19th June 1926 - The Bath Chronicle and Herald (below)
These processions (note the use of the bull dogs both years!) were established in 1922, across London and regional centres, to mark the 100th anniversary of Martin's Act - the first animal cruelty legislation. The City of Bath's procession formed part of the Animal Welfare Week. During this week efforts were made to increase awareness of animal welfare:
Clergy and ministers were asked to refer to the ‘human duty to animals’ in their sermons that week; school teachers to devote at least one hour during the week to a lesson on the ‘claims of animals’; and ‘humane workers throughout the country to organise local meetings.'
(from Western Daily Press March 31 1922)
This week’s #AHD tweets: disruptive dog, firemen’s pets, an animal preserver, a pony saviour, electrocuted greyhound (nearly), gibbing horses and a liger
18th June: 1851: Scottish minister disturbed during sermon by barking dog, tugged hair of deacon (sitting below) to eject dog but pulled wig off (Belfast Newsletter)
19th June: 1903: Polly, the Camden Town Fire Brigade pet parrot, illustrious seafaring career before came to shore. Loves playing with water hoses (Evening Telegraph)
20th June: 1871: The stuffed birds exhibited at the Clifton College (Bristol) 'Conversazione' were contributed by Mr Wheeler, animal preserver (Western Daily Press)
21st June: 1856: Pony saved drunk man from drowning after 'inducing' people to follow it to a pond - at night, field at Durham - pony delighted (Cambridge Independent Press)
22nd June: 1931: A first in greyhound racing - Dew Back (dog) ran under canopy which covers the mechanical 'hare' - narrowly avoided electrocution (Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer)
23rd June: 1874: Jibbing Horses: Vice attributed to a natural tendency to rebel or sulk (e.g. horses refusing to pull carriage - often beaten)... But I feel convinced many high-courage animals made jibbers by inconsiderate, not to say brutal, treatment by unsympathising man (2 tweets) (York Herald)
24th June: 1924: No more remarkable animal has ever been exhibited @zsllondonzoo than the full-grown, huge, lion-tiger hybrid - bred in India (Aberdeen Journal) **
** Thomas Aitkin's travelling menagerie was advertised, in mid-1820s, as containing cross-bred lion-tigers, or 'liger' cubs - the offspring of the tigress and a lion living in the same den. The cubs were tawny in colour, with dark stripes that faded on maturity, and the males had very little mane.
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