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Dec 6, 2011

Writing letters of complaint to the press about tramway companies and about the use of horse whips is not a new pastime.

A letter to the Scotsman on 3 December 1897 complained of cruelty to animals

‘A bus belonging to the Edinburgh Tramway Company was coming up the Mound, crammed inside and out with women and males (I cannot call them men); this was being drawn by three wretched horses slipping and struggling in their efforts to haul the over-weighted vehicle up the incline.

In spite of the vigorous application of the whip the bus stopped, and would never have started again if a number of so called “roughs” had not shoved bravely behind; these poor men had far better hearts than the people who lolled on the bus, and they had pity on the wretched animals.

Now sir, I think it is time the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals moved in this matter.

I am &c A “Lover of Animals”.

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.
http://bit.ly/nxNKIh  (www.thehistorypress.co.uk)

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