Charles W. Forward
Charles Walter Forward
|Died||1934 (aged 70–71)|
Charles Walter Forward (1863 – 1934) was a British animal rights and vegetarianism activist and historian of vegetarianism.
Forward authored many publications on vegetarianism and was editor of the Vegetarian Jubilee Library. Forward has been described as a historian of the vegetarian movement. His best known work Fifty Years of Food Reform, was published in 1898. It was the first book to document the history of the vegetarian movement in England and covered vegetarians such as William Lambe, G. Nicholson, John Frank Newton, John Oswald, Richard Phillips, Joseph Ritson and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The book also mentions historical vegetarian ideals expressed from the classical period onward from writers such as Plutarch and Pythagoras.
In 1897, Forward edited John Smith's vegetarian book Fruits and Farinacea. The book was heavily criticized by the British Medical Journal as non-scientific.
Forward speaking at the National Vegetarian Congress in 1899 argued that although the vegetarian movement was increasing, vegetarian restaurants in London had decreased in number. He noted that affordable tinned meat had become widely available and how some of the purported vegetarian restaurants were not strictly vegetarian as they were serving meat dishes.
In 1913, Forward contributed the chapter "Slaughter-House Cruelties" to the book The Under Dog, edited by Sidney Trist. The book documented the wrongs suffered by animals at the hand of man. Forward edited The Animals' Guardian, subtitled "A Humane Journal for the Better Protection of Animals". This monthly periodical was published by the London and Provincial Anti-Vivisection Society.
Forward argued that most diseases including cancer are the result of modern-day unhealthy eating habits because people have shifted from their natural primitive vegetarian diet and are eating less fruit and vegetables. In 1912, Forward was elected Chairman of the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer. From 1914, he lectured on cancer and diet and gave a lecture at The Polytechnic in Regent Street on cancer causes and prevention. Similar to Robert Bell and Douglas Macmillan he held the view that meat eating was a major cause of cancer.