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Board member Kim Stallwood and Martin Rowe, executive director of CAF, have written an opinion piece for Sentient Media on the complicated legacy of Martin’s Act, a.k.a. The Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, which was signed into U.K. law by King George IV on July 22, 1822.
To celebrate the passage of the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, sponsored by Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin, and signed into U.K. law on July 22, 1822, CAF has produced a six-part audio documentary, the first two episodes of which air on July 22. Martin’s Act at 200 is an examination of the history of this legislation: the first successful animal welfare law passed by a modern political body. It also reflects on the act’s legacy over two hundred years of animal advocacy.
The Martin’s Act at 200 audio documentary examines the past to understand the present state of animal advocacy, and imagine its future. As we look forward to the bicentenary of the foundation of the first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in June 2024, CAF is launching chart2050, an invitation for communities everywhere to generate a charter to encompass their own vision for animal rights by 2050. You can read more about this project, and start working on your own charter, at chart2050.org.
Tom Regan (1938-2017) was the co-founder of the Culture & Animals Foundation with his wife Nancy (1938–2021). Together, they made a major contribution to animal rights. You can read about their and CAF’s origins, work, and legacy below.