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Canines and class resentment

February 1, 2015

Skinhead & pit bull terrier.
Artist: Robert Thompson
Punch, 20 March 1991

 

 

“There was never a time when dogs were responsible for more class hatred than at the start of the nineteenth century,” writes canine historian Carson Ritchie, referring to the tightening of game laws in England where hunting rights continue to reflect a certain classism. In the years leading up to canine beauty pageants, “even possession of a sporting-dog by a poor Irishman might lead to a conviction for poaching, while in England, laws were equally severe.” ... Beyond the British Isles, dogs have been no less harshly abused because their masters misused them. There were roundups and burnings of pets during the French Revolution ...

 

 

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