When I say I shall die, as I have lived, rationalist, socialist, pacifist, and humanitarian, I must make my meaning clear. I wholly disbelieve in the present established religion; but I have a very firm religious faith of my own—a Creed of Kinship I call it—a belief that in years yet to come there will be a recognition of brotherhood between man and man, nation and nation, human and subhuman, which will transform a state of semi-savagery, as we have it, into one of civilisation, when there will be no such barbarity of warfare, or the robbery of the poor by the rich, or the ill-usage of the lower animals by mankind.
Henry S. Salt
Henry Stephens Salt was an English writer and campaigner for social reform and the treatment of animals. He was an ethical vegetarian, socialist, and pacifist, and was well known as a literary critic, biographer, and naturalist. It was Salt who influenced Mohandas Gandhi’s study of vegetarianism.
Ernest Bell (1851–1933) was a publisher, author and a prominent animal welfare campaigner. Bell was a friend of Henry Stephens Salt and was Chairman of the Humanitarian League. He spent much time on the “administration and fund-raising for three main reform causes: vegetarianism, humanitarianism, and animal welfare.”
The Savour of Salt: A Henry Salt Anthology
This selection offers insights into Henry Salt, the humanitarian reformer whose thinking was so far ahead of his generation, the biographer and critic whose essays and books were highly influential and the poet whose wit and perception could “turn a rhyme and overturn a fool”.