Punch,  49 (1865), 63.

A Seasonable Petition



Announcement, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:



[Charles H Bennett] *


Cruelty, Hunting, Morality

    The initial letter forms part of a large branch of a tree on which walk various huntsmen (lead by Mr Punch and his dog Toby) and, in opposition to them, a range of animals (including grouse, foxes and partridges) holding petitions. The text reveals that the petition is addressed to the 'Sportsmen of Great Britain' and describes the animals' despair at the prospect of being killed or injured and urges that the 'battue-shooting be in future discontinued', owing to its 'barbarous nature', and that other inhumane aspects of hunting be banned.

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