First Rights For Horses

In 1821, Colonel Richard Martin, MP (Member of Parliament) for Galway in Ireland, introduced the Treatment of Horses bill into the House of Commons. It was hooted down amid shouts that the next thing would be rights for asses, dogs and cats. He persisted and his bill was passed a year later. The law made it illegal to beat, abuse, or ill-treat any horse, mare, gelding, mule, ass, ox, cow, heifer, steer, sheep or other cattle with fines up to five pounds and two months imprisonment — more teeth that today’s laws have, though not well enforced.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)