The Brown Dog Affair

In 1906 the Brown Dog Statue was erected by anti-vivisectionists in Battersea, to commemorate animals who had died in the course of medical experimentation. However, medical students weren't won over by the statue - in fact, they were infuriated, and vandalised the statue repeatedly until a 24-hour police guard was mounted upon it.

The two sides felt so strongly that the statue led to a series of protests that would become known as the Brown Dog Riots. At one point the "anti-doggers" who opposed the statue even marched into Trafalgar Square, many of them waving dead dogs on sticks, where they were met with a crowd of anti-vivisectionists, suffragettes and trade union members.

In 1910, with no end to the controversy in sight, the council removed the statue. A new statue was erected in Battersea Park in 1985.

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National Anti-Vivisection Society, The Little Brown Dog. Peter Mason, The Brown Dog Affair.