Punch,  55 (1868), 19.

A Remonstrance with Sir Richard Mayne





Animal Behaviour, Mental Illness, Government, Politics, Disease

    Written from the perspective of a dog who attacks Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mayne's 'Dog Days Act' as an 'operation sinister', not least because it forces vagrant dogs to wear muzzles which 'hinder Hydrophobia' but 'prevent our drinking water'. Points out that the 'authors' have forgotten that dogs perspire through their tongues rather than their skin: this legislation therefore prevents them from sweating. Agrees that drunken dogs need to be muzzled, but points out that dogs are 'teetotallers'. Deems the act to be the work of an 'unscientific duffer' who deserves to be bitten. Concludes by asking statesmen how they would like it if these 'Interminable talkers' were muzzled.

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