Advert For Chas. Easton, Butcher
Printer: Mercer & Gardner
Medium: Print on paper
Animals rights campaigners have always targeted butchers shops, even in the 19th century. Strict guidance was given to butchers to ensure that undue cruelty was not inflicted on their animals. It was felt that they should be slaughtered with the least possible pain and with “… as little noise and brutality as possible”. It is interesting to note that although there were many debates in parliament about the humane slaughter of animals by butchers, cock fighting and bull baiting were still permitted until 1835 and many criminals were given cruel penalties by the courts of law.