Thursday, October 24, 2013

Learning a sad fact from the bbc

A sad outcome of not questioning the logic of some government advice in the run up to the Second World War, from the BBC:

"People were basically told to kill their pets and they did. They killed 750,000 of them in the space of a week - it was a real tragedy, a complete disaster," says Christie Campbell, who helped write Bonzo's War.
Historian Hilda Kean says that it was just another way of signifying that war had begun. "It was one of things people had to do when the news came - evacuate the children, put up the blackout curtains, kill the cat."
It was the lack of food, not bombs, that posed the biggest threat to wartime pets. There was no food ration for cats and dogs.

  1. City meat man feeds cats at the beginning of 1939

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