In his preface to the 1980 edition of Henry Salt’s Animals’ Rights, Peter Singer wrote: “Every time I re-read Salt’s book…I marvel at how he anticipates almost every point discussed in the contemporary debate over animal rights. Defenders of animals, myself included, have been able to add relatively little to the essential case Salt outlined in 1892.”

It is more surprising, perhaps, that the son of a colonel in the Royal Bengal Artillery should have been a pupil and teacher at Eton College and a King’s Scholar at Cambridge, and then gone on to outline in his equally important book The Creed of ...


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