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Amos, Henry Brown (1869–1946), campaigner against field sports, is a figure about whose early years nothing is known. Of Scottish descent, he gave up a career as a government official to found the League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports (later the League Against Cruel Sports)...

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Badham, Molly Winifred (1914–2007), zoo proprietor and conservationist, was born on 12 May 1914 at 3 Waterside, Evesham, Worcestershire, the daughter of Arthur James Badham (1889–1965), then a boot shop assistant and later a homeopath, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Sharp (1889–1980)...

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Bell, Ernest (1851–1933), publisher and animal welfare campaigner, was born on 8 March 1851 at West Croft, England's Lane, Hampstead, Middlesex, the second son of the publisher George Bell (1814–1890) [see under Bell family] and Hannah Simpson (d. 1875). Ernest...

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Bentinck, Winifred Anna Cavendish- [née Winifred Anna Dallas-Yorke], duchess of Portland (1863–1954), bird protectionist and philanthropist, was born at Murthly Castle, Perthshire, on 7 September 1863, only daughter of Thomas Yorke Dallas-Yorke (b. 1826), formerly Dallas, of Walmsgate, Lincolnshire, and his wife, ...

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Broome, Arthur MacLoughlin [Arthur Eugenius] (1779–1837), animal welfare campaigner, was born on 18 February 1779 and baptized in Sidbury, Devon, on 28 August 1785. He was apparently the son of Arthur (or Thomas) and Frances Broom. He entered Balliol College in March 1798 and took his BA degree in 1801. ...

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Brophy, Brigid Antonia [married name Brigid Antonia Levey, Lady Levey] (1929–1995), writer and campaigner, was born at 79 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, on 12 June 1929, the second child of John Brophy (1899–1965), a Liverpool-born writer and editor of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929–1995) by Mark Gerson, 1966 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colam, John (1827–1910), campaigner for animal welfare, was born in Louth, Lincolnshire on 18 January 1827, the fifth of the nine children of William Cowlam (Coulam or Colam), master bricklayer, and his wife, Mary Crow. He was baptized at the Canon Street Independent Chapel, Louth...

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Coleridge, Stephen William Buchanan (1854–1936), author and anti-vivisectionist, was born in London on 31 May 1854, the second son of John Duke Coleridge, first Baron Coleridge (1820–1894), lord chief justice of England, and his first wife, Jane Fortescue, daughter of the Revd George Turner Seymour...

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Dickin, Maria Elisabeth (1870–1951), founder of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), known by her friends as Mia, was born at 1 Farrington Terrace, South Hackney, Middlesex, on 22 September 1870, daughter of William George Dickin (d. in or before 1899)...