Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories by Peter Atkins

By Peter Atkins

Animal towns builds upon a up to date surge of curiosity approximately animals within the city context. contemplating animals in city settings is now a firmly confirmed region of analysis and this ebook offers a couple of priceless case stories that illustrate a few of the views that could be followed. Having an ’urban heritage’ flavour, the ebook follows a fourfold time table. First, the outlet chapters examine operating and efficient animals that lived and died in nineteenth-century towns resembling London, Edinburgh and Paris. The argument this is that their presence yields insights into evolving understandings of the class ’urban’ and what made a very good urban. moment, there's a attention of nineteenth-century animal spectacles, which stimulated modern interpretations of the city event. 3rd, the subject of contested animal areas within the urban is explored additional with reference to yard chickens in suburban Australia. ultimately, there's dialogue of the matter of the general public significant other animal and its function in altering attitudes to public area, illustrated with a bankruptcy on dog-walking in Victorian and Edwardian London. Animal towns makes an important contribution to animal stories and is of curiosity to ancient geographers, city, cultural, social and fiscal historians and historians of coverage and making plans.

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Overall, the chooks are a convenient vehicle for telling the story of what makes a good city and a good citizen. The last word, in Chapter Nine, goes to Philip Howell. 82 On this occasion he looks at the problem of the public dog and produces an account that enlightens us on the nature of space in Victorian and Edwardian London. The first thread is the call for dogs to be muzzled in public because of the fear of rabies. Although this disease was never so common in Britain as on the Continent, it nevertheless produced reactions that were close to hysteria.

67–8. 84, sect. 55. 96. Once appointed, a local Medical Officer of Health alone could sign the certificate. It was emergency legislation prompted by the cholera threat. Later, the Sanitary Act (1866) made the names of ten local residents on a certificate the equivalent of a Medical Officer of Health’s signature. 34. 63 10&11 Vict. 89. 63. The definition of offensive trades was the same as the 1844 Act. 123. 66 There was no identification of general public nuisances, such as smells from offensive trades, however.

This was borne out when others, such as brick making, were found in subsequent court cases not to be covered by the Act. 85 It also made the length of slaughter-house licences variable, as in the 1890 Act. Following this, in 1893, the London County Council established new consolidated by-laws on offensive trades. This legislative timeline of good intentions was, of course, very different from the reality of implementation on the ground. Unfortunately, as yet we do not have sufficient research on common law nuisance cases to analyse regional variations of disgust and litigiousness.

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