Henry S. Salt

Henry Stephens Salt was an English writer and campaigner for social reform and the rights 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 Mahatma Gandhi’s study of vegetarianism.

Henry Stephens Salt


Mobilizing Traditions in the First Wave of the British Animal Defense Movement

Chien-hui Li’s new book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, brilliantly shows how those who fought passionately for better treatment of animals could draw strength and ideas from various sources, interpreting them creatively to serve their own purposes.

Features Henry Salt, Ernest Bell, Howard Moore and many of their associates. Highly recommended!

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The Humanitarian League 1891-1919

Dan Weinbren’s thesis considers the way in which the Humanitarian League was structured, the ideas of those who were active within it, what the League did and who was involved in its work.

The League attempted to unify opposition to the cultural order. In its place it wished to create a new scheme for those whose mid-Victorian evangelical sense of the significance and harmony of human experience had been shattered. It hoped to build a political and economic world upon its moral vision.

Dan has kindly allowed us to share his valuable thesis. Read More…

Ernest Bell

Ernest Bell (1851–1933) was a publisher, author and a prominent animal rights campaigner. He was Chairman of the Humanitarian League, President of the Vegetarian Society and co-founder of the League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports. He spent much time on the administration and fund-raising for three main reform causes: vegetarianism, humanitarianism, and animal welfare.

Ernest Bell - The Animals' Friend


Henry Salt Books

Animals' Rights Considered in Relation to Social ProgressA Plea for Vegetarianism and Other Essays - Henry S. Salt, Peter Singer (Preface)
Animals' Rights Considered in Relation to Social Progress
Life of Henry David Thoreau (3rd Edition) - Henry S. Salt
Life of Henry David Thoreau (3rd Edition)
Seventy Years Among Savages - Henry S. Salt
Seventy Years Among Savages
The Creed of Kinship - Henry S. Salt
The Creed of Kinship
The Savour of Salt: A Henry Salt Anthology - George and Willene Hendrick
The Savour of Salt: A Henry Salt Anthology
Henry Salt Humanitarian Reformer and Man of Letters - George Hendrick
Henry Salt, Humanitarian Reformer and Man of Letters