Punch,  33 (1857), 111.

Land Brutes and Sea Birds





Hunting, Ornithology, Cruelty, Amusement, Extinction, Class

    Discusses the views of two women 'of Mr. Punch's acquaintance' who have written to him lamenting the shooting and disappearance of seabirds from Flamborough Head. Notes Mr Punch's acquaintance's proposal to ban shooting these birds. Protests at 'how women believe in legislation', but distinguishes the gentlemanly sport of shooting game from gull-shooting, which consists of disreputable snobs killing, 'for killing's sake', one of the coast's 'most lovely and graceful living things'. Reports that Mr Punch too 'protests against this cruel and useless slaughter of these bright and harmless winged things', and hopes 'the darlings in mushroom hats make a point of rating every snob they see at the work', and that 'every true sportsman' will denounce this 'odious and cruel abuse of the gun'.

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