British author Richard Adams, who spent the first 50 years of his life in relative anonymity before penning the classic children’s book Watership Down, has died at 96.
I didn’t want this news to get lost in the midst of Carrie Fisher’s death today. She was a fabulous icon for my generation but I believe Richard Adams was even more so.
An animal rights activist he was, for awhile, leader of the RSPCA but ended up leaving because of an argument over how radical the organization should get. I suppose he was a PETA supporter!
If you’ve never read it – check out Plague Dogs:
The Plague Dogs is the third novel by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, about two dogs who escape an animal testing facility and are subsequently pursued by both the government and the media. It was first published in 1977, and features a few location maps drawn by Alfred Wainwright, a fellwalker and author. The conclusion of the book involves two real-life characters, Adams’ long-time friend Ronald Lockley, and the world-famous naturalist Sir Peter Scott. Having seen a manuscript, both men readily agreed to be identified with the characters and opinions that Adams had attributed to them, as is shown in Adams’ preface to the book. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Plague_Dogs
Adams was horrified by the senseless testing on dogs and other lab animals. He was truly an advocate for animals and will be a hero always.