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When Wild Beasts Roamed the UK


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, UK )

Cher Away
- 653 days ago - bbc.co.uk
The Victorian period witnessed a huge surge in the number of exotic beasts in the towns and cities of England - as creatures were imported from the far reaches of the British Empire. But Victorians' enthusiasms for wild and dangerous animals had some



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Nyack Clancy (432)
Monday November 5, 2012, 7:32 am
Noted- hopefully things have gotten better. Even Charles Darwin, upon the discovery of new species in the Galapagos Islands- killed and stuffed a great many species upon discovery, to put on display in museums.

We didn't know then what we know now, and should know better. A lot better. But I have my doubts that we actually do.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:17 am
The Victorian Period was the period when big game hunting was at its most fashionable. Wealthy fools with nothing but money and time on their hands went on expeditions throughout India and Africa, destroying tens of thousands of animals.
This remained fashionable through the Roosevelt years. TR was a well known big game hunter.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:59 am
I remember seeing pictures of Teddy Roosevelt's hunts wherein tigers and other beasts were hunted on a mass scale. What a waste.
 

kye j. (41)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:43 pm
Sickens me to think of the numbers of animals that these trailer trash hunters murdered
 

Muriel Servaege (44)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:47 pm
It makes me sick to imagine the number of wild animals that must have been killed.
 

Ruth S. (307)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:14 pm
I agree with Nyack Clancy.
 

Eternal Gardener (731)
Monday November 5, 2012, 3:37 pm
Shock-horror!
Will we ever evolve beyond this level... if not we're better off extinct!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:21 pm
Thanks Cher--another great post.
 

Donna Hamilton (135)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:02 am
Noted. Thanks Cher.
 

Dave C. (213)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 7:26 am
how sad....still happens today.....
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 5:29 am
noted
 
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