Year: 2015 Source: Past and Present.(2014).doi:10.1093/pastj/gtu015 SIEC No: 20150198

Discussion of animal self-destruction during the early nineteenth century was structured by, and perpetuated, the Romantic view that suicide was a rational and even noble escape from intolerable circumstances. Popular accounts generally concerned animals that intentionally ended their lives to escape hopeless danger or human mistreatment