Certificate of Membership, Band of Mercy Youth Animal Protection Society
Printer: Partridge & Co
The 19th century saw a period of change in the public's attitudes towards animal welfare. It was one of the first eras of widespread pet-ownership; prior to that animals had been used more or less strictly for work. The Society Against Cruelty to Animals was established in 1824; it became the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in 1840. Violent entertainments such as dog fighting, cock fighting and bull baiting were banned by parliament in 1835.
This is a certificate of membership of the Juvenile Society for the Promotion of Kindness to Animals, which encouraged children and teenagers to care for animals.