All Heaven in a Rage - E. S. [Ernest Sackville] TurnerMichael Joseph, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, lower panel lightly soiled and scuffed. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This is the story of how the British race was persuaded, shamed and legislated into showing mercy to the ‘brute creation’. It traces the course of controversies over stag and fox hunting, the art of ‘shooting flying’, cock-fighting, the pursuit of big game, vivisection, the bearing rein, performing animals, the spreading of myxomatosis, the introduction of broiler-houses and many other practices which have raised passions.
Until ‘Martin’s Act’ was passed, in 1822, reformers concentrated on the base sports like bull-baiting, which was defended on the grounds that it accustomed men to bloodshed and fitted them to fight the French. A troop of dragoons was sent in to suppress the Stamford bull-running in 1838. Class warfare bedevilled every attempt at reform and the Christians persisted in quarrelling, not over whether animals had feelings and rights, but whether they had souls. But gradually men ceased to ride horses to death for wagers; the law cracked down on dog-drawn carts; pigs were no longer whipped to death to please epicures; trap pigeon shooting — once a pastime of Lords v. Commons — was suppressed; the murderous plumage trade was brought under control; and Britain even found occasion to pass an Act regulating rodeos.
The author takes a close look at changing fashions in sportsmanship. After a day in which 4,000 pheasants fell George V said to the Prince of Wales: ‘I think we overdid it a bit today’. Where lies the elusive line between sportsman and poulterer? Is it sport when a man kills, facing neither danger nor hardship? Is it decent to dig out a fox? To course a hare?”