The Check-Rein

By: Angell, Geo. T.

Price: $100.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine

George Thorndike Angell (June 5, 1823 - March 16, 1909) was an American lawyer, philanthropist, and advocate for the humane treatment of animals. While attending horse races in 1866 he witnessed two horses being run to death. Motivated by this incident and inspired by the work of Henry Bergh in New York, his advocacy for the humane treatment of animals became a lifelong passion. In 1868 he founded and became president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in the same year establishing and becoming editor of 'Our Dumb Animals', a journal for the promotion of organized effort in securing the humane treatment of animals. For many years he was active in the organization of humane societies in England and America. In 1882, the Rev. Thomas Timmins and he initiated the movement for the establishment of Bands of Mercy (for the promotion of humane treatment of animals), of which in 1908 there were more than 72,000 in active existence. In 1889 he founded and became president of the American Humane Education Society. This hand-sewn 145+ year old pamphlet is part of that educational outreach, and the Check-Rein is the piece of equipment most protested by caring, humane individuals. It is in beautiful shape despite a few repaired short closed tears. 8 page paperback published in Boston, 1874 with no edition or printing is named. Angell had contributions from several authorities on this subject including Professor Pritchard of the Royal Veterinary College, London/ Mr. Fleming, Veterinary Surgeon of the Royal Engineer, London/ John Adam McBride, Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in the Royal Agricultural College and others... It explains how and why the check-rein is a useless and harmful piece of harness by preventing the horse from throwing his weight into the collar when traveling uphill, it hinders the breathing to say nothing of his comfort, and it puts the muscles of the neck on a constant strain and his mouth under continual pressure. A very rare offering for the collector of animal welfare ephemera, folks interested in Massachusetts history, early transportation history or the Black Beauty aficionado. Remember that Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty not as a bedtime tale for children, she was trying to educate the people of England on the wrongful treatment of London carriage and cart horses that she witnessed daily during her own cart outings. Her biggest gripe was the improper use of the check rein on a horse's bridle harness. Black Beauty wa a catalyst to the birth of the ASPCA with the help of 'angels' like George T. Angell.

Title: The Check-Rein

Author Name: Angell, Geo. T.

Illustrator: Cover Illustration Only


Publisher: Boston, The Massachusetts Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.: 1874

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Type: Soft cover

Size: 12mo - over 6

Seller Id: 47213

Keywords: Black Beauty, Kind Treatment of Animals, Cart Horses, Carriage Horses, Check Rein, Our Dumb Animals, Teamsters, Drivers, Horse-Owners.,