Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Killing for Sport

by Various Writers, Henry S. Salt (Editor), George Bernard Shaw (Preface)

Killing for Sport by Various Writers
Title:Killing for Sport
Publisher:George Bell & Sons Ltd., London
Edition:First Edition
Other Editions:
  • 1915: First Edition Reprint
  • Contents

    Preface by G. B. Shaw.
    The cruelty of sport, by George Greenwood (1-33).
    Sport and agriculture, by Edward Carpenter (33-44).
    The cost of sport, by Maurice Adams (45-59).
    The economics of hunting, by W.H.S. Monck (60-8).
    Facts about the game laws, by J. Connell (69-84).
    The destruction of wild life, by E.B. Lloyd (85-94).
    The callousness of fox-hunting, by H.B.M. Watson (95-100).
    Big game hunting, by Ernest Bell (101-115).
    Blood sports at schools, by an old Etonian (Henry S. Salt) (116-129).
    Fallacies of sportsmen, by Henry S. Salt (130-148).

    Appendix by the editor.

    13 sophisms used by hunters who claim that hunting is justified because:

    (1) hunters have a God-given instinct to hunt;
    (2) animals hunt other animals;
    (3) it is necessary to control animal populations;
    (4) it adds to the national food supply;
    (5) it helps the economy;
    (6) it develops courage, manliness, virility;
    (7) hunters enjoy it;
    (8) the hunted enjoy it;
    (9) the animals would rather live a happy life and be shot rather than not exist at all;
    (10) hunters save species from extinction;
    (11) hunters, because of extensive hunting experience, are specialists who know more about the issue of hunting than do its critics;
    (12) death from hunting is less painful than natural death;
    (13) shooting a predator eliminates the suffering the prey would otherwise have experienced.


    Covers hunting, including hunting of carted deer, rabbit coursing, pigeon shooting, trapping, and fishing


    George Bell & Sons Ltd., London, 186 pages, 1914 - War-Time Edition

    (Further printings 1915 and 1917)