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Old 03-20-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
I'm currently reading 'Stiff', and enjoying it. But I'm puzzled by a passage in Chapter 4, "Dead Man Driving":

"In 1916, a group of animal rights activists successfully petitoned the British Undertakers Association on behalf of the horses that pulled their hearses, urging members to stop making the horses wear plumes on their heads."

Roach describes this as 'nonsensical', it doesn't seem to have occurred to her that the objection may have been against the suffering of birds that supplied the plumes, rather than the horses that wore them - similar to the way hat feathers were often campaigned against.
Well, given that it states that the activists did that 'on behalf of the horses' , it would appear that the objection was against some perceived suffering of the horses.

Good find with that second quote! Always best to read any book with a critical eye, as you say.
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