Introduction:Black Beauty is one of my wife's favorite books, it is a story as told by a horse. Here are some facts about the book Black Beauty that perhaps you did not know.
Black Beauty was written by Anna Sewell, she died of hepatitis only 5 months after it was published. It was her only novel and became a success before her death in 1878.
The motivation behind Anna writing the book was not to be a child's story. It was written to bring attention and compassion towards the working horses of those times. It was intended to educate adults and encourage better treatment of horses.
With over 5 million copies sold, Anna Sewell's book, Black Beauty, is a top seller. It has since been adapted to television and film and was narrated by the horse himself, a first for the times.
We should not confuse animal rights with animal welfare. The book, Black Beauty is deeply linked with the start of the animal welfare movement, in which people started to treat animals with kindness and respect.
When she was only 14 years old, author Anna Sewell, fell and injured her ankles, the injury was not treated well and left her unable to walk. This injury often left her reliant on horse drawn carriages to get from place to place. Thus she observed, and understood, many acts of cruelty forced upon them.
I encourage you to watch this on film or buy the book, and remember to treat animals kindly.
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