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ANNA SEWELL Anna Sewell was born in England in 1820 Of course the world knows her best for her single work Black Beauty the life and times of a black horse with a single sock and a star from his happy youth to his pleasant retirement and the turbulent events in between At the time England was called a hell for horses As a young Quaker girl she and her mother often saw horses suffering terribly in the towns and cities Many were old underfed or lame and sore Often they were pulling overloaded carts in the hot sun freezing rain and even snow Few people cared for the welfare of the horses who were overworked Most of them fell dead in the harness from exhaustion Drivers would beat them as well Anna and her mother protested every time they saw abuse like this Some drivers even threatened to beat them too The horses job was made even harder by the cause for fashion Some horses had their tails docked so they would stand up and be short This was a painful procedure and afterwards the horse was in agony being unable to brush away flies that stung Most horses also wore bearing reins that held up their necks and head into an unnatural and painful arch It cut off their wind as well and many young horses were ruined due to respiratory problems It also made it impossible to see on all sides and they could not pull loads uphill very well Quakers were and are very sensitive to the treatment of animals Many of their teachings focused on love and compassion for those less powerful a tender consideration for the creatures of God Hunting for sport and other distressing of animals for fun was prohibited Quakers were urged to shield the old and the weak from excessive workmake allowance for their want of understanding as well as to never take
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