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Newsletter 2011

Animal Rights in Spiritualism

 2011 Newsletter

Dedicated to Dyc Browning,

Meg Blank and Willow Fox and
all our animal and human friends
who passed  to Spirit in 2010/11.   Season’s Greetings, Everyone,This year has shown itself to be following

the same trend as those in the past few

decades, hurtling towards whatever lies

ahead,  as some wait, with trepidation, for


This is the year which is said to see all things good and bad come to a head. Whatever these things may be in relation to all our lives, isn’t it right and desirable that we should  live according to the laws of the universe,  through  its oneness and in  compassion towards all living beings?  Should we not do this whether or not we are trying to avert disaster…  whether or not  the prophecy is set to come true on such a definite date?   We, alone, collectively and individually,  make our own future, through our thoughts, feelings and actions of the present, which are usually based on our reactions to our past.

Truly negative aspects of the world, as we have known it, do seem to be crumbling. Therefore, some feel that the predictions are unfolding  already and have been for scores of years- that events are spreading themselves out  in a slightly more gradual  process, rather than heading for  ‘all-out’ change on a particular day.

  I do believe that things may get  worse before they get better, but I feel certain that good will light up the darkness and the planet will heal itself, eventually bringing us into a golden age.  The truth is, none of us knows, for sure, what will take place, but even hardened sceptics must acknowledge that we are indeed living in times of uncertainty. This is where our faith and belief comes in.  However,  should we follow our guides/mentors/gurus and prophets blindly? We should certainly ask our indispensable angels and guides for inspiration and direction but if we are to be truly one with the universe and divine will, we need to make our own decisions, based on

inner conviction, as well.

Good mediumship, often available from the platform, is  a high form of healing and can mean the difference between life and death to those grieving over the loss of a loved one, especially a child or  adopted animal. Yet, too many of us, seeking messages, don’t trust our own judgement and have reading after reading,  consulting oracle after oracle until we are completely confused. In my opinion, the seeking of guidance from a medium or psychic when it is not  for evidence or contact with our loved ones in spirit, should not  regularly replace the use of our intuition, imagination, thought processes and spiritual development.

In view of  the challenges we face today and the fears people have regarding what tomorrow may bring,  maybe the time is right for self-sufficiency and self-healing.   It would certainly be most helpful to all, in these times, not to depend upon a practitioner for well-being.

Please don’t misunderstand me.  There should always be a place for the healer or herbalist to give their expertise, where really necessary, but we, as Earthlings, have lost our ancient ability to treat ourselves.  There are people, today, who don’t know what a nettle looks like.  Some of it is down to growing up in  the ‘concrete  jungles’ of the inner cities but  in the main, a brain-washing culture which promotes  reliance on pharmaceutical drugs,  indoor activity and  the status quo is responsible for our lack of  understanding of natural law.

It is time to regain our long lost  ‘people power’.   All spiritual knowledge is there for the sharing rather than being closely guarded for practitioner use only. In the same way,  the more we learn about nature through our recreational activities, our gardening  and our need to feed ourselves in these times of poor economy, the more we see all life-forms as sentient beings with lives to live of their own.  Treat them well and they teach us wond’rous things about  survival,  within a, sometimes, harsh world.

Under  new  licencing law, certain  herbs may prove too expensive for    some herbalists and therefore will be unavailable for us to buy .  Perhaps now is the time to look  into our gardens and into our past, in order  to learn  how our forbears treated themselves.

I would guess that not every Pagan  village had a ‘wise’ person  available .  Rather, people would  teach each other  in a  mouth to mouth fashion.  They would  hand down knowledge of  cure-alls and give their own testimonies of their experiences with regard to which herb was good for ‘this’ or ‘that’. These would be chosen from the list of those proven safe.

Those with ‘ the gift’ ,  usually wizard or witch, would lay on the hands and use second sight to solve the problems of those who sought their expertise.

Today we have psychics, holistic practitioners and life-coaches .  Yet, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to make several visits to such , in order to regain their good health or find direction in life. Spiritual healing is found  freely in our churches but needs to be  followed up with the  necessary changes in life-style in order to support the process, long-term. Otherwise, we make a mockery of it.

In my opinion, it is time for all of us, especially if we are qualified in the self-help arts and sciences,  to share our knowledge and skills of natural healing and living.  I can’t think of a better way for us to enter fully into the New Age but to manufacture it ourselves.  We should be masters of our own destiny, taking back the abundance of our Earth, for us and all its creatures.   Isn’t it far better for us  to be trained to help ourselves and our animals , than  have the exclusive few hold onto our essential tools of life?

Staying with the theme of self-help, I would like to offer a few hints on staying sane and positive.  Quite a few of you have confessed a difficulty with dealing with the stress , anxiety,  hopelessness and hatred that the  awareness of animal suffering brings to the mind, emotions and eventually the physical body.  Yes, it is very easy to become seriously ill with the constant bombardment of detailed images of horrific abuse  and pleas for help.

First of all, you are not alone.  Most ardent animal rights campaigners, including myself have, at some time, felt unable to cope with the grief, anger and frustration at, seemingly, not making a difference.

Secondly, do not feed your thoughts, feelings and imagination by viewing and reading about such matters when you don’t need to.   If you don’t lead a cruelty- free , vegan lifestyle, then you certainly do need to read all the gruesome facts until the desired effect is reached. Once you’re informed, though,  resolve to do whatever you can to make things better and do it, no matter how small a contribution in funds, time and energy.  The idea is to focus on bringing positive results. To begin with, disturbing images  are what motivate every compassionate person into action and this is needed.  However,  if dwelt upon, year after year, they could destroy those same people, disabling their work for the animals.

A good example of not letting circumstances dis-empower one was when an animal rights prisoner decided to ask people to sponsor her for each day that she spent in prison.  The money raised then went to Greek Animal Rescue, who are  a fantastic charity , by the way, working against the odds, to bring many a   ‘Greekie’  from the depths of despair to a new life in England, or other parts of Europe.

Maybe those of us who have our freedom can take  inspiration from the old saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Guidance from  OWL

 Member of   “One Earth Vision” Group of Spirit Guides,

through the Mediumship of  Mandel Rheems

regarding Our Pathway as Animal Rights Spiritualists.


     As we cast out the old, as we set forth the new, as we live in intent of gaining, we seek something that has no reality in essence.  What can we gain by achievement?  What can we lose by letting go? When we have nothing to hold onto, maybe then, we have learnt it all, become free.

   When we are striving, something is sacrificed – the simplicity of the inner wisdom.  So, if we are working within the area of helping other beings, we must first of all, search within.  That searching within reconnects our self with the universal ,  that which some call the spirit – the spiritual flower.  Searching within means letting go of the outer , formal things.  We become that which we are searching and seeking for.  Then we are on that pathway of reality at its purest.  In other words, it cannot be an egoic activity, but a seeking, out of  compassion and love, for freedom to set all free.

    The Lord Buddha spoke of these things as did the Lord Christ – also of forgiveness.  Unless forgiveness is there, we cannot take the next step to ease the burden of others and most of all, we have to learn to forgive ourselves.  Out of compassion  are we working in love for those less fortunate than ourselves.  Yet it is a continuous process of love,  awakening to what we call the spirit of love divine.

As we reach outwardly, equally, we must reach inwardly.  Are we so separate from those who do these evil deeds, or are they something we are doing through another?  The only way we will know is through compassion.  If we are moved by compassion, then we feel one with that  being,  circumstances or individuals who are suffering.

 That compassion grows unity, harmony and peace.  Out of compassion, love is released to its fullness and often great sacrifice is offered to release others from the bondage of fear and pain.  The only way we can  deal with evil is to look within.  Once we  release that evil from us and transform it through compassion, wisdom and love, the light released will illuminate even the darkest areas of life.

…As  Owl,  I bring forth the wisdom of what is called The Zen Path – the awakening, where no time is involved, as we know that time is illusive,  as life is transcendent of time. It was always and will always be here, until all are no more.

   Let life and spirit move freely forth, without obstruction and let our prayers, which are essential,  be ordained as setting free those who have lost their way, for, while we are on the topic of Zen, love has no limits, once the self is removed and dissolved.  Love itself is unlimited and is selfless.

   I speak no more as Owl.


Animal and Human Healing List.

Please let us know if you have an addition to the list of names below or if you wish to be removed from it.


Mary Ashton, Nancy Eyre, Simone’s cat, Susan Thorpe, Sharon Jones, Sian Winstanley, Sue fox, Carole Neale-Eyre, Lucy Rattigan,Tony  Ortzen, Jamie & Ruby Bunce, Rita, Leisha & Philip Yates,  Mike & Oriel Blissett, Peter Spillet, Pat Taylor, Hawick Animal Friends, Ayala, Barnaby, Solo, Hetta, Janet Williams, Sylvia & Brian Lydyard,  Denise Bottal’s mum, Shirley Mahoney, Socks,  Alison Nichols, Sylvia Murphy, Phyllis White, Shadow, Colleen McDuling & her hamster, Phyllis James, Joan Birch & friends, Roger Raynes, Betsy, Poppy, Lucy, Margaret Wills, Margaret Towler & Kevin, her cat, Vivienne Brocklehurst, Lassie, Gina Szwelicka,  A.J.,  Sian Winstanley,   the Alan Berry family, Diane Kuhle & granddaughter,  Sylvia O’Neill, Bangers, Don  & Tracie Gwillim, Dyc Browning’s dog, Annie. Dalcin Stacey, P.R., Pina Marsala,  Patricia Thompson, Lucy, Dr. Carling, Albert Gould, Mandel Rheems, Richard Marshall, Simone & Gerard Phillips, Clive Morris , Juliet Gale and cat, Monty, Charlotte Orr, Margaret Slack, E.R, Elaine Hall, Freddie Clements and all in need.

Animals are People.

   A highly effective way to turn meat-eaters into vegans is for them to get to know farm animals as  individuals. To be introduced to a cow, sheep or pig which has known love, peace and relative freedom of a well run sanctuary, rather than as stock to provide food or a living, is a truly life-changing experience.  Just reading the stories of the rescued animals who have found  such quality of life at Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary in East Sussex has truly moved and inspired me as to the kind of a world we could live in.

The sanctuary is run by Wenda Shehata and her partner, Matthew.  Wenda often sleeps out with sick animals and in the storms of year 2000, which saw many a tree and property  crash to the ground, she chose to go out and protect the cows for the night…

The book she has written regarding the many humorous and sometimes, sad encounters is, I believe, a valuable tool  in our fight against animal abuse and our struggle to make the world see all creatures as the  compassionate, feisty and gentle souls who are our equals and our teachers.

In its pages we meet,  among others, a cow who hums to the moon and foretells pregnancies.  Such fascinating accounts ooze evidence of  the overwhelming compassion the animals show for each other and the humans they trust. This  is very humbling, considering the fear , sorrow and abuse they encountered in their previous existence as livestock.

Guaranteed to give you hope, for once, I would highly recommend  “…And A Calf Called Reg.” by Wenda Shehata and  have placed an order leaflet in with this newsletter.

Other sanctuaries worthy of support are Hillside Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, who also produce undercover filming of abusive farms and slaughterhouses and give out much information on cruelty- free living and animal rights.  Our supporter, artist, David Danes paints the most beautiful, mystical pictures of Norfolk scenery, with a print for sale at 25% to Hillside if a buyer mentions they are a supporter of the sanctuary; The Retreat Animal Rescue in Kent, whom we fund-raised for at our vegan gathering in 2009, and  one in Warwickshire, run by our very own A.R.I.S. Supporter, Myra Manns.  If you wish more information on Myra’s work, let me know and I will pass your details on to her .

   I would like to express my gratitude to Myra for her support this year, along with special thanks to Sylvia Murphy, Sylvia Rose Aris, William Cooke, Ruby and Rita Bunce, Clive Morris, Carole Neale Eyre, Sue Fox, Kevin Lyons and Alistair Hamilton and others.

News from the Areas.

Psychic News.

   I am  very pleased to inform you all that the Spiritualist publication,  Psychic News is back in business.  Under new, independent ownership but with the same editorial staff , the late weekly newspaper is now a fortnightly, full colour magazine.

Psychic Press Ltd., Suite 6, Thremhall Park. Start Hill, Bishops Stortford, Herts. CM22 7WE  Tel: 01279 874337  email:

Do the churches care?

   Well, our  contact, Therese McElwee has been ‘at it’ again.  With an advertisement in the highly recommended,  Spiritualist monthly magazine, Two Worlds, she promoted her new spiritual group which she runs with medium friend, Jane Bateman.  This was formed out of disappointment with mainstream Spiritualist churches which, after much effort on her part and that of other A.R.I.S. members, have  shown no signs of bringing the vegetarian, let alone vegan ethic into their practise, despite their own prayers for animal suffering to cease.

Especially if you live in Surrey,  why not make a point of getting in touch with Therese on 01483 415930   or Jane on 01483  232217 for monthly prayer or on the 10th December for the Visualisation for the Animals.  Well done, both.  It needed sorting.

One church which will do all it can to promote our cause is Congleton Spiritualist Church in Cheshire and that is because their secretary, Chris Cassidy, having  history as an animal rights campaigner and hunt saboteur, doesn’t separate this compassionate awareness from his Spiritualist beliefs.

I am thrilled to welcome him  to the Animal Rights in Spiritualism Fold.

Animal Communication.

   Another of our contacts, Maggie Keynes, has become qualified as an animal communicator.  Therefore if you feel you need help with your own animals this can be given  via email,  although all of  Maggie’s details are listed under Isle of Wight area contact at the end of the newsletter.  Contact her for information regarding her terms, should you wish  her services.  Proceeds will go to animal charities.

Maggie works via a photograph of the animal and she will require a pro-forma to be completed by the animal’s person before any communication feedback takes place.

  At the moment, she just does basic communication which could help with any social problems or bad habits  which the creature may have developed, along with general insights into relationships with their people.  Absent healing will also be given.

In spite of all the troubles with the Euro zone at present, in some of its countries,8 there are some welcoming and positive changes taking place which are, directly or indirectly, of benefit to the animals who live there.   A.R.I.S. Supporter , Hella,  from Oxford, sent in these reports:

‘Veggie butcher chain thriving

The Vegetarian Butcher chain is the first of its kind in the world. Not only do the foods on sale look exactly like their real meat counterparts, but according to many a meat eater, they taste very similar as well. Eating meat is on the decline in the Netherlands. These days some 75% of people no longer eat meat on a daily basis. Animal welfare, scary infections in cattle and the presence of antibiotics in chicken meat may be the reasons for people to cut down on eating meat. That’s probably why Vegetarian Butcher shops are mushrooming. “In fact, Ferran Adria, also the best chef in the world, wouldn’t believe it wasn’t chicken he was tasting after being presented with our chicken substitute”, says Niko Koffeman, one of the founders of the Vegetarian Butcher chain. The first Vegetarian Butcher shop opened its doors in Oct 2010, in The Hague. Now, less than a year later, there are 30, spread all over the country. The display counter of these shops is a visual challenge because the fake meat products look so much like the real thing that just a glance makes many a carnivorous stomach grumble. 80% of the shops’ clientele are hard core vegetarians and vegans, says Koffeman, yet a specific target group is people who want to either cut down on meat or stop eating it completely. “Animal cruelty is one reason, but also a growing concern for sustainability”, says Koffeman’

‘Written declaration on stray dogs adopted in EU

Over the last 10 years, 3 written declarations regarding the stray dog situation have been  launched in the European Parliament, but did not        obtain the majority necessary to be adopted. On Oct 13th there was at last success. The Written declaration No. 26 on the management of dog populations (initiators: Daciana Sarbu and Adina Valean, Romania, Elisabeth Jeggle – Germany, Raul Romeva i Rueda – Spain, Janusz Wojciechowski – Poland) was ADOPTED!!! The Written declaration requires the EU Member States to adopt a dog population management strategy including: sterilisation, identification, registration of dogs; promoting responsibility of the owners towards animals; legislative measures against cruelty to animals. The adoption of this statement is a very important step in stray animal welfare. The animals from the countries where the situation is bad, like Romania, can hope! Thanks to you all who got involved in lobbying the MEPs!

 Plea for Help.

 Our Northumberland contacts, Philip and Leisha Yates are appealing for homes for the stray cats who flock to their door.  This lovely couple, who do their best not to turn any creature away, have become rather overwhelmed and unable to cope.  If anyone can help, please get in touch with them.  Their details are in the area contacts list.

Mega farm!

   Recently we have been supporting the campaign to stop planning permission for a huge, intensive pig breeding farm  being built in Foston, Derbyshire.  It is expected to house  26,000 pigs who will never see natural light.  Then, of course, there are the many piglets….

These intensive units are not only cruel regarding the animals but cause pollution, water contamination and spreading of  viruses, due  to overcrowded conditions,  although the farm say they have dealt with  this .

    Derbyshire County Council will make their final decision in December.   Therefore, I would ask  those readers living in Derbyshire to  write to the Strategic Director of Environmental Services, Derbyshire County Council, Shand House, Dale Road South, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RY  with their objections. If anyone else would like to  support the campaign details can be found on the Animal Aid website  http//   Thank you.

Janet Taylor, is  producing home-made, cruelty-free,

eco-friendly candles .  For purchasing information, please email  mentioning you are a member of A.R.I.S. Or contact mobile number 0791  003  1805






  Healing medium, teacher of healing, animal – whisperer and dog/cat nutritionalist, Kate E. A. Berridge, is still available for consultations. Please contact her for her latest terms.   ­Kate is an S.N.U. Qualified healer – animals welcome – workshops – Tel: 01422 847334

The Arthur Findlay Society.

   Another Spiritualist body  kind enough to promote our group and print our main leaflet on their website along with other references to animal rights is The Arthur Findlay Society.  Their aims and what they stand for are quoted below:

1. Scientific Proof of Survival

 Promote the scientific case for Survival after death as the afterlife is a fact not a religious belief and support campaigns that seek philosophical freedom,

 Break through the mass media barrier preventing the scientific proof from reaching the public,

 Publicise Arthur Findlay’s contribution to the understanding of the scientific proof of survival.

2. Ethical Conduct

 Promote Arthur Findlay’s outlook on the importance of ethical conduct in our daily lives – at work – in school – at home – in the Spiritualist Movement etc.,

 Highlight the Findlayan support for democracy, justice, socialism and the Trades Unions,

Oppose national armies, the arms trade, cruelty to animals and racialism,

Arthur greatly admired Thomas Paine so we publicise the Thomas Paine Society and the principles Paine stood for – the Rights of (Hu)Man, Reason over Faith etc.

3. Arthur Findlay’s Works11

 Produce a periodical newsletter for AFS – called Arthur Findlay Journal, to (amongst other things) publicise physical mediumship as it confirms the existence of the afterlife,

 Promote Arthur Findlay’s books (particularly “The Curse of Ignorance”) and his other works, which explain for instance, the “Human Trinity” (the physical body, the etheric body or “spirit” body and the separate mind), the origin of all religion etc.,

Ensure the general public has easy and unhindered access to all Arthur’s books worldwide.’

Arthur Findlay was born on the 16th, May, 1883 and died on 24th July, 1964.  He  was the author of  well-known spiritual books  including  “On the Edge of the Etheric”, “The Rock of Truth” and “The Curse of Ignorance”.   (Please note: received news website no longer exists.)


  As I feel it important to extend our compassion to all living things, a subject close to my heart is an awareness of  forms of life whose suffering is not immediately evident to us.  This includes plants and trees and the very Earth itself.

Our planet  has a spirit, just like ours and other animals.  We are all one in The Great Spirit we come from.  When we blast stones out of the ground, we must be causing structural damage to our earthly home and most importantly, to the homes of many creatures.

 During a communication by The Cosmic Brotherhood through the mediumship of A.R.I.S. Member, Richard Marshall, it was pointed out that:

  “… crystals, buried deep within the Earth, help her to keep her alignment within the whole of the planetary system.  However, this whole procedure is under threat by the constant ravaging taking place within the very depths of the Earth, including that of various metals and minerals.”

I would urge those who buy crystals to consider buying second-hand and then using one of the many spiritual cleansing techniques to rid them of any acquired negativity from the previous owner.  For those adept at visualisation, picturing the desired stone will have the same  effect as in the comparison between  ‘hands on’ or ‘distant’ healing.   If you think all this is a silly step too far, then, at least, ask where your gem originated from and by which process it was taken from the Earth, before purchasing first hand. There are some responsible and aware  crystal sellers who do their best to be ethical and eco-friendly.   Again, there is no need to be obsessive about the matter. If you are given jewellery as a present or find a stone in an unusual place, not embedded in the ground, just accept it was temporarily meant for you and you aren’t making a habit of  supporting the industries which are damaging  the Earth’s body.

I will bring this issue to a close with a quote from another of Richard Marshall’s guides, White Star:

 “All who walk upon the Earth with you are your brothers and sisters.  We would remind you that this does not stop and end with humans.  It is with all creation.  It is with all life-forms upon the Earth.  The trees are as much alive as you.  They are your brothers, your sisters.  Harm them, you harm yourselves.  Each and every single organism that lives upon the Earth is a part of you.  All the animals of your world are a part of you.  All life-forms upon the Earth are a part of you.  You are also a part of them.”

In Memorium.


Meg – A Gift from God.

  Our neighbour’s lovely dog, Meg, passed to the other side earlier this year after being diagnosed with cancer.  Meg was not only a blessing to her own family  but had made it her duty to befriend all who would give her the time of day.  She brightened up people’s lives, making them feel as though they were the most important person in the world at that moment of  her spying them.  She’d call across the road to them if they hadn’t noticed her and everyone wanted a piece of her.

Several people took her for walks and she always accompanied us and our  beautiful soul of a dog,  Judy, (who passed before her) on the afternoon walk.  She was, most definitely, a water baby and would  sit, belly down, in the muddiest pools, ensuring that we take her home to wash her before we dare return her to her  ‘mum’ and ‘dad’

On the other hand, being a very sensitive dog, she was terrified of  ‘things in the air’ seen or heard and on ‘Bonfire Night’ would have to be driven up to the peaceful moors for several hours, so pitiful was her case.

Meg certainly demonstrated that which is true of all dogs, that she was  and still is, a gift from God.


   Our Scotland N.W. Contact and friend, Dyc Browning,  has  passed to Spirit  since the last newsletter, after worsening health  .

Dyc worked hard for the animal cause and that of  the planet, too.  He was an ardent follower of the “Thirteen Moon” calendar which purports to help one to live in natural time, in harmony with our Earth and galaxy.    His galactic signature was Yellow Magnetic Seed which he would often use instead of his real name, much to the wonderment of the postman, I would guess.

Typical of Dyc was his stubborn and passionate stance  regarding the treatment of our fellow creatures:

After witnessing the effect on cows who had just had their children taken away for slaughter, this unwell, elderly man would  speak up bluntly on the ethics of animal farming, making himself vulnerable and unpopular  with his neighbours in the isolated highlands.

I would say  “Rest, in peace” Dyc, but I know you’ll remain active, for  the benefit of those needy innocents  who pass to your side of life.


Willow Fox  1962-2010

by Susan Fox.

   I am writing to inform you of the loss of a wonderful. brave, courageous person who was my friend and former partner.  She did a tremendous amount of compassionate work, some during a short time with the National Anti-vivisection Society.

Willow, previously known as Paul, was a hunt saboteur and animal rights activist and had spent time in prison for her involvement.  She was vegan for the sake of the animals and introduced me, then a vegetarian, to veganism when we first met, in 1989.

Willow had a terrible, painful time in Derby Hospital.  She had three  pneumothorax’s.  The chest drain was put in the wrong place a second time!!  The staff were not  compassionate.  She was moved to the McMillan ward and it got worse.  She was treated with extreme prejudice because of her beliefs and who she was. She went in hospital for a day’s operation in the September and passed away, in agony, in May, 2010.  Willow really suffered.  She had no chemo or radio therapy – just took alternative remedies.  Food was ‘crap’.  That which I took in for her was ruined.  They added non vegan products or micro-waved it, adding more radiation.

The surgeon suspected cancer and should have told her.  He cut into the tumour (a rare sarcoma) instead of leaving it to shrink naturally or taking the whole sac away.  It spread to her liver and her lungs.

The good thing was that two friends came up from London and some of my friends visited her.  The night before she died, one of my friends brought in her two rescued Lurchers.  Willow had been ‘out of it’ all day but this transformed her.  Waking up, she laughed at the dogs trying to lick her and get into bed with her.  They worked wonders.  The shine of light came back into her eyes for a moment..

Willow was buried in a willow coffin.  People wore bright colours at the Pagan passing and drums were used for the ceremony.  Whilst she was lowered to the ground, incense and candles burned .  The two lurchers smelt her then moved backwards as if they knew it was her new beginning.  A brown butterfly flew out of the middle of her basket, just as my friend was using the bubble machine.  It was magical.

My dear friend rests at Golden Valley Woodland at Riddings, Derbyshire and has a willow growing from her essence.

Brightest blessings,

Sue Fox

Pat’s Points

Towards the harmless society.

By Pat. Rattigan

   We have long been in the process of promoting  the concept of harming nothing and its application in everyday practice.

My own particular interest is in the area of holistic health, particularly the treatment of the chronically sick through nutrition, breathing, water, healing …    cancer, being my long term interest.

Last year, I became aware of the work of the US clinics who have built up long lists of successfully-treated patients, suffering from conditions, previously considered incurable.

Whilst the nutritional treatment of asthma, cancer, obesity – obviously –  heart disease .. is well established, these doctors and other health practitioners are treating Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, lupus, schizophrenia, ME. MS.  etc.

The theory behind the therapy is simple and fundamental.

Man, the species, has an inbuilt mechanism for self-repair, regeneration, rejuvenation  .. This ability is evident all of the time when individuals suffer cuts and  breaks : if the victim is in anything like reasonable health, the cuts and the bones heal up.

However, when the patient has crossed the barrier into complex chronic ill-heath, being in a not-too-bad state of health is not, nearly, enough. We then have to go to basics and examine the physiology of the species to determine the way back to the normal state of health – physical, mental, emotional and, we hope, spiritual.

Man has the teeth, jaw-action, digits, perspiration mechanism, stomach-acid strength, intestinal length .. of a herbivore, designed to live on raw, of course, organically-grown, of course, plant-foods  .. and nothing else… but, for thousands of years, Man existed quite well, physically, on a mixed diet – raw, cooked, plant, animal.

Then, two major changes occurred, with disastrous results.            Firstly, food – and medicine – were taken over by the chemical and later, petrochemical industries. Aside from the direct poisonous effects on food and medicine, food, including meat and dairy produce became inexpensive.

The previous 85/90% plant to 10/15% animal ratio reversed.       The diet became a major health hazard, not the least because the acid/alkaline balanced was turned around.: acid reigned, with catastrophic effects on the oxygen status of the consumer.

Cancer, senile dementia, viral infections …  and on and on …  took off and spiral further out of control, today.… all compounded by planetary oxygen levels diminishing due to massive environmental pollution. We do not have direct evidence for oxygen-status links with all of the 30,000-plus diseases which came in the wake of the take-over by Life-Saving Modern Medicine and The Dept, of Health Balanced Diet but this status must be a factor in all cases,  as oxygen is the most fundamental requirement for life.

Diabetes treatment, by these means, has been the most spectacular : with type 2 diabetes reversed in 5 to 10 days.

The US clinics are residential and expensive : we will provide a day-service and free of charge.

Aside from the food, I am always nagging all and sundry to drink sufficient pure water – H2O: without rehydration you can forget about becoming or staying well, whatever you may spend on treatment.

Needless to say, I don’t drink enough of it, myself.

Breathing is another area, where re-education is a must. The method promoted by Dr,  Buyteko involves holding the breath after exhalation to increase the carbon dioxide content of the blood, thereby enhancing the body’s ability to metabolise  .. oxygen.

This was, originally, for the treatment of asthma but has become widely used for other conditions because of the importance of …O

We intend to expand our activities, promoting the healing aspects as part of a package, embracing the concept of harming nothing, as far as is practical. We cannot avoid treading on unseen creatures as we walk through grass but we can avoid picking flowers for decoration.

The acceptance of Earth as living being, is fundamental to the understanding of the concept of non-harm.. We cannot change the major areas of Earth damage but we can endeavour to ensure that our own lives and living spaces are planet-friendly. We can get many of the synthetics out of our lives and we can rescue earwigs from rain puddles and pick slugs and snails from the footpaths.

A film/talk presentation is available  – on cancer, diabetes, the raw vegan diet, Reiki, etc.

Newsletter 2010

Animal Rights in Spiritualism  – Newsletter 2010

1, Quarry Bank Rd.,Chesterfield  S41 0HH.
Telephone:  01246  230474
Dedicated to Beano Winder , Storm McElwee & Cassie Murphy – dogs, Amy Reeves – sheep, Ashley, Jodie & Hayley Reeves – geese. Also, campaigners, Margaret Woolford & Desmond Mitchell. All now in spirit.


A fruitful  year to you all,


               Some of you may have noticed the evolving face of our group, A.R.I.S., as we focus our attention on the world-wide web.  This does not mean that we aren’t just as dedicated to serving our non-internet supporters in the same way as usual. It does mean that we may reach those parts of the world where our message is needed most.  Therefore, there is now a forum and chat room linked to our website, whereby people can post comments and questions relating to our policy and aims.

We also have support from Irene Pedley,  a spiritual medium, here, in the North, who, although not part of our  A.R. movement, will bring her abilities to our venture, as we plan for an  online development circle. With the airing of  important documents such as  “The Essene Humane Gospels and the ‘Silver Birch’ teachings”, alone, I think we have our work cut out for the foreseeable future.

However, an integral part of this project involves groups of guides who have pledged their support for our mission and have something helpful, as well as informative, to say.  They will answer any questions, deemed appropriate, through their mediums, Richard Marshall, our own A.R.I.S. member and Mandel Rheems of the ‘One Earth Vision’ community.

This newsletter hereby publishes  universal messages brought to us from both these groups of guides, who, I am pleased to inform you, have personally committed themselves to helping our cause, wherever they can.  The fact that both communications, this time round, involve the evolved Jesus, in no way means that A.R.I.S. has a special leaning towards Christian Spiritualism or any other spiritual doctrine.   All that matters is that our cause is championed through spirit teaching of truth , compassion and righteousness, regarding all life forms.

Excerpts from the

Sananda & Ezra,


as channelled through the mediumship of

Mandel Rheems.

   Greetings.  Sananda here, with Ezra by my side.

   To take away the life of another that we may live, to some may seem worthy, but to us, we see as barbaric – of the dark ages.  We have no right, as a human race, to take upon our shoulders, action, thought and deed to seemingly believe that we are a superior species that can exploit and use other species for our own ends.  Incorrectly, humanity has chosen that path, simply to be nourished, seemingly, by animal flesh.  Of course, there are other aspects of this life-cycle, such as plants and other life-forms, but blood letting is a barbaric way that even in religious movements, animal sacrifice is so often offered in the name of the gods, or for power, such as in Voodoo and other religions of the darker areas of the psyche of humanity.

   ..The blood-letting, the barbaric way of living and apparent belief that you have to torture and sacrifice other beings and that compensation would come to humanity through this means, is indeed based in much greed and selfishness of the human race.

  O.K. I introduce myself as Sananda, a high aspect, who seeks to bring the Christ power, wisdom and upliftment to a fallen humanity, to bring forth knowledge and understanding of what we call the beast of burden and all the harm through the thousands upon thousands of years we have meted out to our fellow brethren of the animal species.  For so long , suffering has been continuing. The karmic implications of this are indeed tremendous.  Mankind, humanity, must grow up, must grow to understand that the way of brutality, the way of abuse cannot but bring the negative karmic repercussions.

  We, among many, of those who come to serve in this mission, seek to work by the side of all those to bring a voice to the voiceless, the suffering of our fellow brethren in the darker realms, which our Earth has been a part of for so long now.  We must work together on many levels to bring forth true change for the better for our animal brethren, for they are most closest to us in the scheme of things and it is barbaric to continue to exploit and abuse these, our beloved animals and the spirit of the animal kingdom.

   I will now allow Ezra to say a few words.

   Ezra:  Greetings. Thank you, Sananda.

  ..So much there is this thought of human suffering. It is looked on as a deeper suffering than life around us.  When we consider a cancer victim who is using therapy that has been operated on animals for to achieve, eating a ham sandwich yet praying to God to be healed, or we pray for that individual as we enjoy our sandwich of chicken, does it make sense that humanity has not learnt the basic lessons of the force of will and hierarchy to consider that we can take the life of other life-forms, that is not so important as the sickness that mankind carries, so much because of misdeeds of the past. 

    Of course, we wish to ease all suffering but all life is one and it cannot change that value of where we stand.  In the spiritual dimensions, the idea of suffering has become obsolete.  …The divine does not wish for us to continue to go through these cycles of suffering and peace.  Peace is the absolute.  All we need to do is to begin to live in peace with ourselves and all life around us, then  we will begin to grow and blossom.

  As we approach 2012..,.  I would say, as you approach 2012 , those upon the Earth, they look around us and say,  “How can things get worse?”  But it will, but not to the degree of the destruction that is prophesied by so many. There will be changes but they can only be slow  but lasting changes.  That is the awakening in the consciousness of humanity.  If we can reach the heart of humanity and convince… and can convince   those in power to the way of compassion and love and the sacredness of life, then we will begin to see positive changes and this movement has already begun to a large extent through the use of what we call the internet and mass media.

  We need positive visions not negative images.  We need to introduce people to the way of love.  We need to show the way by example of how we can live with a meat-free diet.   We need to show individuals that the suffering of the animals  species and animal kingdom can only bring the degradation of the human spirit, the degradation of that which is the very essence of our natures, for all life is one and we from the higher realms recognize this and work to help humanity and all life on Earth.

    .. So, where we can show the way forward, for many, that life is worth fighting for, is worth speaking out for and those who suffer indignities, fear and strife, whether it be human, animal, plant or mineral, all life must be respected and cared for, then we will find the cures naturally from the herbs and other means and also through spiritual guidance channels. Channellers, such as Mandel and others, will be able to bring forth information of new cures, certain treatments through the crystals and other means. Colour healing, reiki, other forms of spiritual healing – all these are possible to go further to develop but they are at the early stages, for we are beginning to learn of our powers that they must in the end be used for the good.

Copyright Mandel Rheems 2009.

Over the years, in the newsletter, readers may have noticed poetry by A.R.I.S. member, Alistair Hamilton.  I am delighted to announce his publication of many of his works in a book entitled, “Reflections for Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Alistair will kindly donate any profits from sales of this work to Animal Rights in Spiritualism.  A big “Thank you.” On behalf of all of us in the group, Alistair!

A Turkey’s tale.

By Alistair Hamilton.

“ I’ve never hurt anyone, so how come I’m in this mess,

Outlook bleak and filled with distress,

Cooped up in this shed and feeling sore –

Not just me but many, many more?

We never see daylight

And we all look a sight.

Christmas comes but once a year

But for all us turkeys it brings no cheer,

Waiting, day by day, to receive our fate,

‘til one day we land on someone’s plate.”


Year in , year out, the slaughter goes on

And will continue ‘til something is done.

The same goes for our other domestic friends.

Will you humans ever stop the trends?

Only then will love prevail,

To give a happy ending to the turkey’s tale

   Liverpool contact, Susan Taylor, is now producing  home-made, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, candles.  For purchasing information, please phone or write to Susan.  Her details may be found on the ‘Area Contacts’ page of this newsletter.







      Healing List.

Please let us know if you have an addition to the list of names below.

Tony  Ortzen, Jamie & Ruby Bunce, Rita, Leisha & Philip Yates, Philip’s mother, Mike & Oriel Blissett, Peter Spillet, Pat Taylor, Hawick Animal Friends, Ayala, Barnaby, Solo, Hetta, Janet Williams, Sylvia Lydgard, Judy, Denise Bottal’s mum, Shirley Mahoney, Socks, Kalyani’s mum, Alison Nichols, Sylvia Murphy, Phyllis White, Shadow, Colleen McDuling & her hamster, Phyllis James, Joan Birch & friends, Roger Raynes, Betsy, Poppy, Lucy, Margaret Wills, Margaret Towler and Kevin, her cat, Vivienne Brocklehurst, Lassie, Gina Szwelicka,  A.K., Lorraine Drake, Sian Winstanley, Lassie,  the Alan Berry family, Diane Kuhle & granddaughter, Carole Neale Eyre, Sylvia O’Neill, Bangers, Don  & Tracie Gwillim, Dyc Browning & dog, Annie. Dalcin Stacey, P.R., Pina Marsala,  Sylvia Murphy, Patricia Thompson, Lucy, Dr. Carling, Albert Gould, Mandel Rheems, Richard Marshall, Simone & Gerard Phillips and all in need

As we press on with our endeavours, we are assured that our spirit friends will guide Patrick’s “People for Natural Health” group (linked to the British Anti-vivisection Association) as it looks for premises in the North Midlands in which to hold a free, holistic cancer support centre.   Having appealed for other therapists to join in this effort, we are to hold a meeting aimed at gaining practical support, on Sunday, May 9th in  Dronfield, Derbyshire.

At this centre, we will be able to display A.R.I.S. and other informative literature for people to browse through and take away, after receiving healing .

As part of this natural, non animal based health campaign, A.R.I.S. plans to hold events to raise money for animal sanctuaries and groups who need it the most. We  also will focus our attention on the medical research charities.  Here, we’ll highlight the amount of money received from gullible customers who frequent  shops used to raise funds for such research. Do these supporters know that their hard earned cash is then used to torture animals in order to bring about cures – cures, which we understand, cannot be found by those means?  Are they in any way aware of the futility of a science applied in this way and its effect on medical progress?  It is our job to make sure they are well informed and have recourse to the truth, along with holistic treatment for themselves and loved ones.

Patrick will now explain more fully why such  centres would be vital to the abolition of vivisection and to our sick nation’s health in :


Pat’s Points.

   An Early Day Motion, before Parliament, calling for a scientific evaluation of animal experiments with regard to human health, had, the last time I looked, attracted 46 signatures : this was after 3 months and out of a total of over 640 MPs.

Clearly, no such evaluation will take place, in the foreseeable future , and with very good reason : vivisection is, scientifically, total nonsense and no vivisection supporter would want the reality made available to a wide audience. This leaves the AV movement in an even bigger limbo than  usual.

The only way forward, as far as I am concerned, is the practical promotion of human-based therapies and the increased assault on the animal-based treatments, by comparison.

As “cancer research” is the flagship of vivisection, cancer treatment will be the focus. I intend to expand my free service to cancer sufferers and, I hope, to do this at a centre somewhere in North Derbys. – or wherever – irrespective of any “Cancer Act”.

The infamous 1939 Cancer Act, set up to protect The Cancer Business from attack by honest individuals, has been used to  prosecute people or shut down organisations, including the very successful Naturopathic Cancer Therapy Trust, run by my friend, the late Chris Ashton. Chris was a hospice volunteer who decided that a situation where no “rage, against the dying of the light” was standard practice, was not acceptable. Chris showed that there was a better way than the “cut, burn, poison, hospice, cemetery”  style of cancer management.

“Cancer Research” is the ultimate crime : simply because of the numbers involved.

Promoting therapies which kill the patient much faster than the disease does : the suppression of safe, effective treatments : the protection of industries, driving the cancer plague : the collection of billions of pounds/dollars to finance animal-torturing fraud and try to pass it off as research .. have resulted in countless millions of deaths of sentient beings.

Still we see the gigglies, in their pink bunny costumes doing their “Race for Life” for the £500 million-per-year “Cancer Research UK”

In the early 1930s, Dr Otto Warburg received a Nobel Prize – in the days when this meant something – for his work on cancer’s basic mechanism : simplified, cancer is an oxygen-deficiency disease. This is the basis for all successful cancer treatments, whether the therapists involved know it or not : remove the oxygen-inhibiting carcinogens : provide oxygen-rich therapy – alkalising nutrition etc : increase the oxygen metabolism capacity.

This needs to be done on all of the planes – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.


The Holistic approach to

the Cancer patient.

With a view to forming a support group for Nth. Derbys., an event with  film, talk & discussion is to be held at:  Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Calywhite Lane,  Dronfield  S18 2XP on Sunday May 9th  1pm – 4 pm.

The nature of cancer: the work of Dr Otto Warburg, the “War on Cancer” and the naturopathic way, the vegan diet, ESSIAC, prevention ..FILM-extracts – Dr. Lorraine Day’s recovery from breast cancer   :  The Hoxsey treatment


Pat Rattigan

People for National Health


tel  (01246) 230474


Patrick Rattigan N.D. (1974)


Who Are The Cosmic Brotherhood and What Reason Is There Behind These Communications ?


The Cosmic Brotherhood.

 through the mediumship of

 Richard Marshall.



   Well, let us begin with the question of our “brotherhood”.  You will no doubt have heard of the disciples of Jesus and this is  who we are and how we come to you.  As when on Earth, it has become our mission to speak to the hearts and minds of mankind as a whole.  We are simply intermediaries between God, the creator of all things and our dear friend, Jesus.  Our role, within the context of things received so far, is to draw a much wider audience into this domain, so that we may impart to you the knowledge required to enable humanity not only to progress spiritually, as we have done but also to give you the necessary tools  that will serve you well as you face that which is to come.

    Jesus, in his wisdom, has known for a long time that he is far better placed to help humanity now, than he ever could if he were to return amongst you.

   Before each communication is given, there is much to be discussed and all are open to suggestions or gentle persuasion.  We meet with Jesus on a regular basis and it is he who lays down the foundations for each communication that we give collectively.  Only when a concensus is reached where upon all are agreed on subject matter and wording, do we contact our medium with a request to make a written statement of our collective views and our opinions.  Our sole purpose is to engage and also, to debate with, souls now residing upon the Earth.  We wish to dissuade humanity from its constant selfishness towards those considered to be less than deserving.  It has also become necessary to repeatedly warn against inflicting suffering upon, not only the weak of your world but, more importantly, those without a voice.

   Great change shall soon be visited upon all who dwell upon the Earth and as a consequence, we need to work together, so that awareness shall be heightened, as a result.  A time of much confusion lies ahead.  So, what can be done to ease this transition?   The only way that this is to be achieved is through much effort and sacrifice.

   We must end our judgemental attitude towards others.  We must stop exploiting the Earth, including those that have no voice.  Those souls who, like us, abhor the mistreatment metered out to vast numbers of the world’s creatures, shall find it easier to adjust than most.  You see, to begin with, when a soul eats the flesh of an animal that has endured much suffering, as well as fear, before arriving on the dinner plate, that particular soul, with each mouthful partaken, will in fact be consuming that fear and suffering in large quantities.  The more regular the consumption of flesh, the more regular the dose of these unwanted, negative energies.  Why do you think that, in your world, many of those souls who eat the flesh of an animal, end up with physical ailments?  It is because they are a party to this suffering and, as a direct consequence of their lust for meat, a life has been taken that was not theirs to take in the first place.

   Many of your scientists, also, will be held to account for their behaviour toward their fellow brethren.  It is a sad fact, indeed, that, many souls working either in laboratories or in food production involving meat, enjoy their work so much, that they seem to derive much pleasure over the fact that they wield so much power on the matter of life and death.  This is why it is so important that there are others who do care and are willing to speak for the animals, despite difficulties.

   The task that we have been given is not an easy one.  We have a duty to all who will listen, to encourage them to change old habits as well as ways of thinking, because those souls who think only of themselves and who abuse that which God has created, shall suffer the consequences, unless they change their words and attitudes.   So, you see how important it is that these teachings are spread far and wide.  We must create an opportunity for change amongst those souls who are willing to alter course and steer towards a new direction that shall enable them to better weather the storm that is brewing in Mother Earth’s direction.

Copyright Richard Marshall  25.09.2009.  



   There are over sixty communications by The Cosmic Brotherhood.   Although our main interest in them is the animal rights factor, some are concerned with the well being of our planet, explaining why we should not take crystals from the Earth or cut down trees, while others give valuable tips regarding the art of meditation and self-awareness, leading to spiritual and psychic development.

All writings will eventually  be  available to read on our forum,  but only two will be published each year in our letter. More are available  on request to platform mediums wishing to read them out during their ‘philosophy’ slot at Divine Service, or to those wishing to give a talk on behalf of the animals.  Please send an A5 s.a.e. with your clear request.

So to the past year:

I recently attended the World Day for Animals in  Laboratories  march and rally, which concluded in  a vigil outside the proposed site for a new  ‘super lab’, situated next to St. Pancras station.  Planning permission has not been granted yet, but should the  organizations involved , which include the ‘lovely’ Cancer Research U.K., receive the go-ahead, protests will begin ‘big time’, in  early June.

December’s International Animal Rights Day, saw Surrey contact, Therese McElwee  hold a prayer meeting and slaughterhouse vigil.  She was joined by   Medium, Jane Bateman, who gave a talk of her own this Mother’s Day, during which she asked the congregation to become vegetarian for a week .  Thanks to Surrey readers who support  Therese and Jane in their constant efforts for our animal brethren. Please contact Therese regularly, regarding  future plans.

Our “Vegan Spiritual Gathering” at Derbyshire’s Unstone Grange, last July,  was very successful, not only in terms of raising £1050 for the three charities: Home and Abroad Animal Welfare, The Retreat Animal Rescue and Vegan Prisoners’ Support Group, but also in terms of customer satisfaction.  I don’t think I have seen a happier bunch of people in a long while.

We were tucked away in that grand old house for the weekend and Saturday night saw us piled into the room designated for daytime healing, with only ourselves, fine wine and an open, log fire for cheery company.  As most of us didn’t retire until well into the early hours, it was plain to see that communication was in full flow and that the world would be put to rights by morning.

All this took place after Chef Patrick’s scrumptious, vegan food at lunch and dinner, followed by a hilariously funny and emotionally stirring evening’s entertainment, courtesy of  “The Lucid Lurchers ,  whose C.D. sales will continue to make money for the charities involved when they become ready for sale.

Particular thanks go to those  who gave one hundred per cent of themselves  with  the seemingly never ending kitchen tasks, especially Lorraine Drake, who came all the way from Devon.

The workshops , talks and demonstrations went down a treat and when I say “treat”, my mouth still waters at the memory of seaweed rolls and  veggie-burgers at the raw food cookery session.

The talks on Cancer Truth and Angels were very mind-awakening and popular, respectively, while the Emotional Freedom Technique session greatly enhanced at least one person’s life that I know of.

The demonstrations and private readings were of high standard and many benefited from healing, especially the animals, some of whom had more than their say, both outwardly and inwardly,  during the Animal Communication Workshop.  Yes, I can hear your wistful sighs as you wish you were present at that one.

One who was also disappointed that she couldn’t attend the workshop, as planned, was the A.R.I.S. member originally booked to lead it.   Her communication experience, as regards our brothers and sisters of other species,is astounding, as was made plain to us through her stories already printed in previous newsletters.  Here is the last of   :

Three Encounters with Wise Animals

By Kate E. A. Berridge, Healing medium, teacher of healing, animal – whisperer and dog/cat nutritionalist


   My first life-changing encounter with a wise animal was as a small child, aged four and a half when I met a snake. My dad was in the forces, so we lived in Cyprus, which, was scorching hot. I had an argument with my big sister and ran off to hide under a large, shady bush.

As I sat cooling down, a beautiful brown and sandy-coloured snake slithered from under a stone, laid herself out just in front of me, unafraid, and proceeded to shed her skin. I have no idea how long I was there but as she changed I felt myself leaving my own body and standing next to it, staring at myself.

All of a sudden, I was the snake – I had entered fully into her experience. I could feel the cool sand, the new skin and the uncomfortable sensation as the old skin was shed. And  such a deep, inner strength.

   As the snake, I was acutely aware of the magnetic power and pull of the Earth and the friendly, living nature of the bush. It’s hard to explain but from then on, I have been able to deeply emphasise with other living creatures and to share in their emotions and physical sensations. Now I see my meeting with the snake as an initiation into spirit and into an awareness of the sacred circle of all life, beyond the merely human, as we are all connected and made of the same soul-material.

There was no one to tell about this awakening, I was too young to find the words but I went home with the snake-skin and my mum let me keep it for ages, until it finally fell to pieces.

Our ARIS 2011 calendar  will be available from October of this year, at a small donation of around £1.50 inc. p&p, made payable to A.R.I.S.

It includes, in its compilation, members’ entries to our calendar competition of 2007 and contains  interesting, true stories of  animal spirit communication between the worlds, Initiation gracing the October slot.

This would make a nice gift for Christmas, so make a note in your diary to order early autumn .

One of the Few.

by C. Neale Eyre.


A  flame is growing in the hearts of man.

The strongest flame is in but few

But it’s growing e’en in others too.

It’s a flame to cleanse the world of greed

And banish every evil deed.

It may oft’times falter, it may subside,

Dampened by a flowing tide.

Once in a while the flame is wafted

By a visiting angel’s wings

And souls are lifted, spirits strengthened

by the herald chorus that it sings.

And then the fire begins to rage

To bring about a brand new age.

Yes, it burns the fiercest in the hearts of a few

But these are the ones who will carry it through

And then the fire will never die,

Because of the angels, and one is you.



Eggs & Honey?

    How often does  a conversation about veganism turn up the question:

“ How do you stand on locally grown organic eggs and honey?  My hens are happy birds, having a very large garden to roam in. The six eggs they give me each day aren’t fertilized by a cockerel and the hens produce them anyway.

     My bees are well looked after.  I don’t take all their honey and they are never fed sugar .”?

Well, lets tackle the eggs debate.  We all know that eating any animal produce is against vegan policy, not only for the obvious reasons regarding the cruelty of factory farming methods but also because animals are sent to slaughter, whether from intensive or organic farms.

In the case of male chicks, methods of dispatching the same include gassing and mincing alive, these babies being worthless to the egg industry, as different strains of birds are reared for the ‘pot’.  This is barbaric, even if their mothers have lived in a free- range environment. Therefore, if eggs are being sold commercially, even in small business, there has to be this kind of cruelty involved, as well as the emotional factor that the hen can’t brood on her eggs until her young hatch out.

    However, the scenario described at the beginning of this article doesn’t fit into these categories, nor does that of the rescued hen and needs to be examined by our consciences more closely.  To find out more, I begged the wisdom of Kath Clements, author of  “Why Vegan” , who told me:

“To respond to a question asking  why I would not eat eggs from a rescued hen living out its days in the best possible conditions   –As humans developed over the millennia, eggs would have been found extremely rarely and cannot be considered part of the original primate diet.  Humans have adapted of course but this background gives a clue that eating eggs regularly is actually bad for us, mainly because of their high cholesterol content as well as their tendency to hide pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Listeria).  The plant-based diet is based on what is naturally good for us, and it does not include things we may be able to eat occasionally without too much damage.

   Therefore if I was keeping rescued hens I would consider the eggs a waste product and perhaps put the eggs out for wild scavenger animals or dispose of them as harmlessly as I could (NOT on the compost heap!).  The unfertilised egg is the equivalent of a menstrual flow and nature did not mean it for human consumption – actually it’s possible that unfertilised eggs would hardly ever occur in nature anyway. 

In nature, the cousins of domestic fowl lay eggs only in season, when food is relatively plentiful and when they will have a fair chance of raising their young successfully.   When they have a clutch of eggs, they stop laying, incubate the eggs and rear the chicks.  It is only by CONSTANTLY FEEDING high protein foods that the hen is able to lay for long periods.  Also, REMOVING the eggs prevents the instinct of incubating the eggs and makes the hen want to lay more.  So to me this is against nature and I don’t want to do it.

I personally wouldn’t want to keep rescued hens because to me doing so, and eating the eggs, is then just part of the whole sorry business – it perpetuates the cultural norm that eggs are desirable and good for us.

To me, keeping animals in their own excrement is a complete aberration.  No animal in nature lives in their own shit.  This is the root of many diseases, as we know – not only those we’ve become aware of more recently, but loads and loads throughout history, tetanus to this day, etc…  A hen coop stinks, and is a magnet for rats, foxes etc – poor hens!  Keeping animals in their own excrement, however kindly the keeper, is something I really hate – what could be more unnatural!  ( my friend who keeps rescued hens needs to keep cats to keep the rats down, therefore buys quantities of slaughterhouse products for the cats, and so the abuse of nature goes on…)”

Well, I think Kath has made some very valid points in putting forward her views and  has helped me to conclude thus: Recently visiting an allotment where, in all cruelty, hens never left their shed and its tiny outside area, I came to suspect that the same was representative of many cases of  poultry keeping.    Of course, birds rescued from dire conditions must have somewhere to live. Therefore ,taking into account the difficulties there must be in finding the perfect natural habitat, I think most chickens would welcome an environment similar to the one described at the beginning of this article .  If their eggs really couldn’t just be left in their own custody, then wild creatures would certainly benefit from the donation of such a filling dish.

Now to the subject of Bee-keeping.

According to  the Vegan Society, “ in commercial  bee-keeping,  queens are  regularly killed and replaced…… queens are artificially inseminated with sperm from crushed males.  The queen often has her wings clipped off to prevent swarming – the natural way for a colony to reproduce itself.”

In these intensive businesses , bees are often fed sugar through the winter months while their honey  is enjoyed by humans and in the summer  they are used to pollinate flowers in areas where the wild of their species become overwhelmed by them.  Even in the smaller or “hobby” colonies where the inhabitants  appear to be looked after and only a little honey is ‘stolen’ from them, there is still the high  risk of disease through the Varroa mite, susceptibility coming from the bees  being kept in cages.  Unfortunately, according to the Vegan Society, this “ is threatening the few remaining wild bee colonies.”  It has been said that when these leave our planet, we have just four years left. –  another reminder of the importance of the insect kingdom to our own survival.  Of course , infant  botulism may get us first – another possible side-effect of honey produce.

My  sources tell me that, even in the most seemingly caring environments, there are bound to be casualties, as in squashed bees – not surprising, when one is dealing with trays full of them, within an enclosed structure. The queen is still thrown out of this hive when she has outlived her usefulness, after being imprisoned within it all her life….  a life that didn’t allow her nature’s freedom to lead her swarm where she wist.

I hope this clears up one or two sticking points for those who are not sure how far to take the moral argument.

As we bring this newsletter to a close, I would like to thank all those who have supported us  with their donations, practical help, or both.

Remember, if your church or centre would like a batch of our  leaflets, please contact us at H.Q.  For individual information packs, contact Jennifer Sharp. 

    It only remains for us to ask you to make note of the important events on the next page and wish spiritual blessings for you all and all your animals until next year.

Regular Events.

Please get in touch with your nearest A.R.I.S area contact, as a few of them, hold weekly/monthly street stalls or leafletings, bringing animal rights awareness to the general public. Spiritual communities, festivals, fayres and exhibitions are also venues for this kind of work.

Several also concentrate on working inwardly, with spirit ,through light- working circles,  to end animal abuse, then acting upon the inspiration and guidance given, with effort on the material level.


If Only They Could Speak. By Gordon Albert Zealey.

Man talks about his lesser brethren – wonder how he’s got the nerve.

Their social graces leave us standing – animals have style and verve.

Our cold, deliberate cruelty makes some life forms feel stark and bleak. 

I wonder what THEY think of HUMANS. LORD- if ONLY – they could SPEAK.


For, animals just kill for food – they have a basic innocence.

Our ‘sport’, ‘gainst foxes, grouse, WHATEVER, spells a capital offence.

You just try telling THAT to ‘gentry’ – riding off with horse and hounds.

Those big, fat wallets win again.  Man’s villainy just knows…no bounds….


Each single thing which God has made, has got a heart, a soul, a mind

And every leaf, each blade of grass, all share one common voice – “Be kind.”

Most animals can swift forgive – no hate – no grudge – they simply…love.

It’s wide affection, without strings.  Who’s best, in eyes of God above?


So, we can bluster all we like.  Soul virtues put them STREETS ahead,

For, they don’t murder, rob and rape.  We’ll pay right dear, once we are ‘dead.’

Just all the EVIL doers, that is.  You and I are mild and meek.

Let’s ask our BRETHREN how to live. Dear God, if only they could SPEAK.

Copyright Gordon Albert Zealey 1964.

Forthcoming Events.

Could I ask all readers to consider the hunted animals when casting their vote in the general election on May 6th?   It is feared that the Conservatives intend to do all they can to bring back hunting, should they become government.  This means suffering for stags and hares as well as foxes.

Another point to remember, when perusing the manifestos, is the issue of  our belonging to the E.U.  With some of our natural, herbal remedies already banned and  breeding for bull- fighting purposes already subsidised by this body, it is a concern to be reckoned with.

Sunday, May 9th.  Holistic Cancer Support Centre Meeting.  Gosforth Lodge. Cliff Park, Dronfield. 1pm – 4pm  Contact A.R.I.S. H.Q.

June 19th. Anti-vivisection  Demo, Sheffield., City Hall..

Brotherhood of the Essenes Annual Convocation.  Glastonbury Town Hall Glastonbury,Somerset. 11pm. to 2pm., 21st June. Contact Essenes –

Summer Evening of Clairvoyance ,with leading Medium Roy Mackay, planned for Farnham . Details confirmed later by website and Surrey mailout . Contact Therese.


Newsletter 2009

Animal Rights in Spriitualism- NEWSLETTER   May 2009.

Dedicated to our beloved, good, kind dogs, Judy Rattigan, Judi & Jack Preston, Lottie Szwelicka, Paddy Berridge, Patrick Jones and Rocco & Jessie McElwee. Also in memory of  Helga, the adopted  sheep who was brutally tortured to death. Her murderers will be allowed to keep animals again after 10 years. Finally, we honour Eddie Bunce, tireless in his care of wildlife and Bill  Cox, medium for the guide, Brother Joseph.

Hello All,

   Well, it’s nearly time for our exciting event at Unstone Grange and I hope as many of you as live within a reasonable distance of the venue will want to visit this interesting organic trust which stands within five acres of garden.

If you live further afield and warm to a weekend spot of camping in the grounds, or shared accommodation in the house, please book as soon as  possible.

Perhaps you would like to make this fundraiser a success for the charities involved, but, for your own good reasons, cannot attend.  In this case, please pass on the  enclosed information or  consider helping out in another way: Every small donation which is sent to us, up to the thirteenth of July and  marked ‘Event’ on the accompanying note, will be added to the takings at the end of the gathering.  This, we hope, will ensure that we can send a good sum to each cause mentioned on the programme.

A  very interesting evening of Psychic Art, organised by our Surrey contact, Therese McElwee. took place recently  in  Farnham and raised

£ 350.00 for The Retreat Animal Rescue in Kent. The workers at this sanctuary, which  takes in all manner of animals, including farm animals , have also done much to help the plight of the persecuted Trafalgar Square pigeons. Mediums, June Elleni Laine and Debbie Dean presented  a wonderful display of the fruits of their gifts, after which there was a raffle and refreshments which, I hear, involved very tasty vegan cakes.  Mmmm.

Last year, Therese raised  an amazing £660.00 for Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land by organising  a similar event.  We are so proud to have one so eager to serve our cause as part of our group.   She has also put much effort in  to her  lightworking circle.  Interestingly,  the same being of light  has visited both the Farnham group and our North Midlands meeting.

At the latter, further synchronicity was in evidence when one sitter’s inspirational verse tallied with ideas brought to the circle by another.

Thanks to all of you who sit for this important work and do keep the progress reports coming in.

Our appreciation also goes out to A.R.I.S. member and  South London contact , Simone Phillips.  Having imaginative ideas, and most importantly,  computer skills, she is also someone to whom I can, eventually, delegate the website work.

Simone is seeking an animal  communication workshop or appropriate development circle in the London area. If anyone knows  of one which is accepting new members, she would be grateful for the information.

Further blessings be bestowed upon Jennifer Sharp,  our contact for the East London area, who has already taken on the task of sending information packs to newcomers.

Jennifer  is looking for  a live-in position, so if any of our members would like to offer the same to a kindred spirit, please study her advertisement below:

Lady, 59, animal lover, experienced housekeeper (care-work) ,  “Country lover”, seeks live-in position  with own unfurnished accommodation outside the London area.  

Clean driving Licence. References available.

 We are always grateful to those who send donations or support and although not practical to mention them all each year, I’d like to  say a special “Thank you”  to William Cook, Clive Morris, Sylvia Rose Aris, Ruby Bunce, Gillian Lewis, Lorraine Drake, ‘Two Worlds’ and ‘Psychic News’,  this time round.

Healing List.

Please let us know if you have an addition to the list of names below.

Tony  Ortzen, Jamie & Ruby Bunce, Rita, Philip Yates and his mother, Leisha Yates, Mike & Oriel Blissett, Peter Spillet, Pat Taylor, Hawick Animal Friends, Ayala, Barnaby, Solo, Hetta, Janet Williams, Sylvia Lydgard, Judy, Denise Bottal’s mum, Shirley Mahoney, Socks, Kalyani’s mum, Alison Nichols, Sylvia Murphy, Phyllis White, Shadow, Colleen McDuling & her hamster, Phyllis James, Joan Birch & friends, Roger Raynes.

June & Julian  Bullas, Betsy, Poppy, Lucy, Margaret Wills, Margaret Newsom, Margaret Towler and Kevin, her cat, Vivienne Brocklehurst, Lassie, Gina Szwelicka,  Austin, Lorraine Drake, Sian Winstanley,  the Alan Berry family, Diane Kuhle & granddaughter, Carole Neale Eyre, Sylvia O’Neill , Bangers, Don  & Tracie Gwillim Dyc Browning, Maureen Lambert and all in need .

   As you can gather from the cover dedication, beings special to a number of us have passed into the world beyond over the past year .  Our own lovely dog, Judy, departed her earthly body just a couple of days before Christmas.

A little prior to that time, however, one whose remarkable story by Kate Berridge graced last year’s newsletter, also left for the realms of spirit following a stroke.

Being a spiritual dog, it is not surprising that Paddy Berridge went out like a light, though not in the same way as the phrase usually suggests.  According to Kate, a very strange event took place:

After a twenty four hour wake and laying in ceremony, a candle was placed  on his grave.  Being orange , to represent the element of water so evident in Paddy’s personality, it was left there at nine thirty p.m., following his funeral.

Disturbing some and inspiring other passers-by,  the candle’s light shone out to two hundred yards and for two and a half days, through wind, rain and hail!

Kate further astounds by informing us that ,  “When it finally went out, it left no trace of wax or damage to the moss or stones of his cairn.”

What further evidence do we need that our animals are always there for us, whether this side of life or the other?

 This year, we continue with our series of true stories on animal communication with:

Not a stranger – but a friend

By Kate E. A. Berridge

Many wonderful things happen when you work with animals – but I’d like to tell you about something that always pleases me and to use this little story to illustrate an astounding ability that animals have.

A healing student of mine phoned me on Christmas day to ask if I could go to her mum’s house – now – as their dog was dangerously ill and the vet had said that there was no hope.

I really didn’t want to give up my whole day and I said I’d send out distant healing in 10 minutes time and that if it didn’t help, I’d come in person. I asked if she could sit down with the dog and in her mind, meet me by a large oak tree – somewhere we had ‘been’ before together, in her training meditations.

So I duly sent a good long healing. My student – very talented – saw me there with herself and the dog and ‘saw’ us both give healing. The dog had relaxed and soaked up the energy.

After the healing, this dog recovered enough to drink, eat and go to the toilet. I phoned and said I’d go to the house on the following day and not to worry.

The next day I arrived at my student’s mum’s house and knocked on the door.

An anxious mum opened it and said my student had had to go out and that I must wait there.

She sounded distressed. She had no one at home to restrain the Alsatian who hated strangers and even though she was now quite elderly, the dog always ‘went nuts’ when someone she didn’t know came to call.

I reassured her that I had met the dog before – in a meditation – and to let me come in and all would be well.         The lovely old dog came wagging her tail and greeted me like a long lost friend – she led me into the living room and laid down, ready for more healing. The lady was finding it hard to believe that I had never been to her house before.

This recognition of someone they have never met in the physical form, but know full well are there to help, happens over and over again. The telepathic power of animals never ceases to delight and amaze me.


­Kate is an S.N.U. Qualified healer – animals welcome – workshops – Tel: 01422 847334.

Another new member whom we are happy to welcome into our fold is Richard Marshall, who, for some time, has been receiving  communications from the spirit world.  In particular, he has channelled writings from those calling themselves The Cosmic Brotherhood and thought we might be interested in their views on :



The Cosmic Brotherhood. 

   We  begin this topic at the extreme end of the suffering endured by those wretched creatures reared solely for the purpose of satisfying the needs of those who wish to eat meat. I wonder how many of you would continue this barbaric practice if you could see for yourself from another perspective, as these creatures are suddenly thrust into our world.  They come with fear and terror in their eyes and are very much bewildered by their new environment.

As with all souls whose needs are great, they have sanctuaries of rest where dedicated souls spend much of their time nurturing these poor creatures back to health, where they are shown love and affection as well as compassion.

As you are aware, there are many different levels in our world.  So, as an animal progresses in health, it progresses also to another level, until such time that it can resume its normal function.  At this point, it will roam freely in the luxurious surroundings that we have here, although it takes time and much dedication to achieve these results.  Those souls who carry out these duties are, in the main, unselfish souls whose love for animals has been carried with them to our side of life.

Next we shall speak of the degrading and appalling acts of cruelty carried out in the name of science.  We have many different species thrust into our world after being subjected to the most despicable and horrific, as well as extremely painful experiments.  These are carried out in laboratories built and designed especially for this purpose.

In some ways, this particular form of treatment has a much wider impact on the wretched creatures concerned.  Some of these have never experienced love or affection and have known only pain and great suffering their entire lives.  The only release for them comes when they pass to our world.  But, as on Earth, those souls who express the desire to help these poor creatures have to work very hard indeed to gain their trust.  Many, in fact, the vast majority, depending on the levels of suffering, have been so cowered by their experience, that all they can do is whimper and show great despair in their eyes.  If they are approached, you can see anxiety in their eyes, as yet more pain is expected

So, you see how many have worked tirelessly on behalf of those sad creatures.  Believe it or not, just as you would have a pet on Earth, so it is no different here.  After much love and dedication has been showered upon them, many of these animals do not show any desire to leave those who wish to leave this type of work.  Some souls find it too distressing and desire new surroundings to replenish their energies.  So, in many of these cases, a particular animal and its carer will leave together, as neither one has the inclination or the desire to leave the other.

Now, from the extreme end of the spectrum, we shall speak of the creatures that are kept as pets by man in your world.  No doubt you have a particular type of bond with a certain animal if you have treated it fairly in life and showed it love and affection.  Then, not only will it wish to remain with you after physical death but will also show the desire to rekindle your previous relationship that it shared with you when on Earth.

We will conclude with the false impression that many in your world have:  the notion that if animals do pass to another life, then they have a separate realm in our world.  However, we must eradicate this falsehood.  As you share the Earth with all of God’s creatures, so it remains here.

Where ever you reside in the world of spirit, you will find many species of animal, plant and tree life.  We also have rivers, where different species of fish swim without the fear of being caught on a hook-like contraption.  We have oceans where you will find many species, including whales.  We also have other species, long extinct, yet who flourish in our environment.  For those who come here with good intent, as well as a good heart, they will find a feast of new experiences.

    Remember, physical death is not the end but the start of a truly wondrous journey for souls that seek true enlightenment.  As long as the abuse and suffering of animals remains an integral part of society, we will say this: Every drop of blood spilled in this way shall remain a stain upon the soul of man! 


   Those of you who have read our ‘What the Guides Say” series of  leaflets may remember the quotes from  “From Earth to Eternity” by Brother Joseph, spirit guide of our dear, late Bill Cox.

This book is now out of print and with Bill’s passing, it may be presumed that the guide’s mission is fulfilled in that capacity.  It is hoped, however,  that through A.R.I.S. , his words will continue to sow seeds of compassion within the hearts of those who are open to it.

That said, It feels most appropriate, that in this year’s letter, we honour the guide’s humble medium, not only as a channel, but as the wonderfully unique individual he was and will still be.

  Beryl, Bill’s wife, herself an impassioned campaigner on behalf of animals, sent us his captivating story:

 William Francis Cox.   28/08/1923 – 16/11/2008. 


Once upon a time there was a little boy who had been ill as a baby and could see only light and dark shapes.  He was an only child as his mother had been carrying twin boys when she saw her father hang himself, with consequent shock and loss of the twin boys.

When he was only five, his mother  was obliged to send him to a boarding school for blind and partially-sighted children, many miles away.  It was a harrowing time for him at first.  He remembered,  in particular, when he had difficulties with his braces and a girl laughed at him.  Things were still a bit Dickensian.  In fact, they were old-fashioned in a number of ways.  The lady who supervised the childrens’ weekly bath would use the same water for FOUR pupils. Needless to say, they were not allowed to speak to the girls out of school, which, of course, only encouraged surreptitious friendships.

He turned out to be very clever at school, winning a silver braille watch for history and learning to read braille with his fingers as quickly as many sighted persons could read print.

The boys at school who were very good at electronics, made themselves little crystal  radios with aerials attached to the iron bedstead.  Not that they were taught electronics, or chemistry, physics, algebra or geometry;  but most  pupils became accomplished musicians, both in choral singing and playing the piano or huge church organ.  Later on, Bill passed three piano exams in one year, Grade V Higher, Grade V1 intermediate and  Grade V11.  That was in the space of one year, towards getting the ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music.)  He wanted to earn his living as a piano tuner but the local authority would not pay. They said there would not be a demand for such a person – this in West Ham, an area of thousands of people, where singing and dancing were taught in schools and many people had pianos.  So they refused to let him go to The College at Worcester.  His subsequent accomplishments have proved the experts wrong, as usual.

So he had to become a brushmaker.  Sighted people in authority then were no better to those less fortunate than themselves than some are now.  This brushmaking trade consisted of dipping tufts of brushes and brooms into boiling hot pitch – and he stuck it for six years.

At this time it was during the war and he and his family were bombed out of their houses twice, so they moved a bit further down the road, next door to a big Baptist church.  Marvellous centre for young people, Bill soon made his mark at the Music Club and became a bass singer in one of the choirs. He had an extensive knowledge of orchestral music – no doubt added to during many, many hours spent alone listening to records and the radio.

His mother went out to work in the evenings.  He has often told me that one of the reasons he now loves Christmas with all our family round him is that his memories of the lonely Christmases were not happy.

Anyway, one year he went on a holiday which had been arranged by the church to Angmering in Sussex.  There he heard Handel’s Largo being played, so he found his way over to the piano to find out who was playing.  It was a young girl and he lost no time in chatting her up  and asking her out to the prominade concerts.  So we  went to loads of concerts, fairs, sang in choirs and, in general, had a jolly good time, the upshot being that we were married two years later.  There were over  three hundred present and ‘In Heavenly Love Abiding’  was one of the hymns.  (We went to St. Andrews in Scotland for our honeymoon.)

It wasn’t long before Bill decided that he could do more than put bristles in brushes, so applied for training as a switchboard operator.  This was granted.  Even then he was showing signs of being a fighter.  They tried to prevent him going home at weekends.  Said it had never been done before.  Said he wouldn’t be able to keep up with the training, what with  the long journey, etc.  He disproved all that by completing  the course successfully in two months instead of three!  He said he felt better  for going homeweekends.  I certainly did!  So he worked for the Royal Mail Shipping Line and two Employment Exchanges.  

By that time, we had three little boys and needed a proper house, so we moved to Norwich.  While there, he decided to train as a Welfare Officer for blind people, so he stayed in London with his parents.  Once more the experts were proved wrong.  They said he might just about pass!!!  He got several distinctions and credits in the subjects he took.  He was eighteen years as a Welfare Officer for the Blind and we had our fourth son in Lincoln.  Bill continued working, although frequently in pain with glaucoma.    He had lost the ability to be aware of light due to *Moorfields treatment in 1952.

Blind people were entitled to a qualified Welfare Officer, one who could teach them Braille, etc.,  but, due to the fact that , if you don’t specialise in this work , you get more money, few people trained.  Bill wanted promotion, but with the arrogance of some sighted people towards disabled people, was told  “ Why can’t you be satisfied  with what you are?”  So often, people think that disabled people  should be pleased with what they are given, whether they want it or not.

After much planning,  he formed The National Tape Magazine for the Blind, on cassette, in 1976 and was again told by the ‘experts’ that ‘it won’t last six months’.  There were some difficulties, of course,  not least the soundproof studio needed because of the aircraft from Coningsby.  So our son, Geoffrey, and a friend built a soundproof studio.  Local villagers were marvellous, organising and attending two fairs.  We’ve got photos of Princess Anne at our little cottage in Moorhouses, twelve miles from Boston.

I have been asked, in the nicest possible way, what it was like to live with a blind person.  I would say: “Don’t leave chairs out from the table and don’t leave doors half open.  Don’t let your trees and hedges overhang the pavement and don’t park on the pavement.  Do turn the light off after a visit if no-one else is in the room.   And, by the way, for the younger people, revving up motor bikes, especially near crossings, makes it difficult, also music blaring out from cars. Don’t take it for granted things can’t be done. There are blind gardeners, chess players, pianists, organists, piano tuners, bicycle repairers, typists, solicitors, singers and welfare officers.”

While our children were young, Bill would take them out as soon as they were old enough to go with him without me.  He took them to the seaside most fine weekends while we lived near Norwich.  He took them vast distances on trains all over the country .  I stayed at home with whichever baby was there at the time.  I don’t think you could have set any of our son’s down anywhere with them not being able to find their way home by bus and train.  I suppose that was one of the advantages of not having a car.  The boys and Francesca became very independent and capable.  If they ever needed any general knowledge, they would go to their father because he was a mine of information.  As an amateur radio enthusiast, he had  a transmitting licence and his own rig since 1952 and  you have to know all about the insides of a radio.  He was also qualified to teach the morse code.  Indoors, he would help with the washing up, hanging out the washing and doing my shopping.  Over all, he was a very good example to those newly blind persons, who think that the end of the world has come for them.  So, while we are at it, let us sing the praises of Louis Braille, because Bill didn’t learn from a cassette.

I said he was a fighter.  When he was a switchboard operator, he had to insist that he had some Saturday mornings off, the same as sighted office staff.  Also, Barclays were not going to allow him a bank account ( in the early sixties),  but they had to alter their regulations due to his persistence. Something similar happened when he applied for Disability Allowance, many years later.  The doctors, on two occasions, said he didn’t qualify, so we did without it for many years.

In the end, I told them a few home truths and they changed their minds – but why were the doctors so stupid?  The times I have had to clean up dog excreta off his shoes when we first came here to Reedham – until I put a notice in  the post office about it.  Well, you wouldn’t like him to come into your hall if he’d trodden in such unpleasant material.

   Well, I’ve had to let him go now.  He had been tired since he had lost his independence.  The railways had cancelled our usual train back to Reedham and we had to stay out for four and a half hours to do our shopping at Lowestoft and that was too much for him, as it was when they took all the kerbs away.  Guide dogs are taught to ‘Stop at the kerb’ and they were taking them all away. And  when they took away our right to cross the line and we had to go up and down all those steps, Bill became frustrated.  Also, the humdreds of painkillers he had to take because of the pain in his eyes caused by Moorfields, way back, surely contributed to this.

So, three cheers for Bill.  I am missing him but at least I know he his out of pain and can see all his sons, daughter, grandsons and granddaughters, great grandson and great granddaughters – and  me, at last.


 Beryl Cox on 1st December 2008 at St. John’s Church, Reedham, Norfolk.

*Moorfields hospital  – ed.

Bill died last November, followed in the new year, by Eddie Bunce, ‘Dad’ to the famous  Jamie, rescued laboratory beagle.

Readers who joined ARIS in it’s early days,  may remember the puppy’s story as told by his ‘new mum’ Ruby,  Eddie’s beloved wife.

This was a fascinating and heart-rending tale of animal communication which gave us a unique insight into the life  of a two year old dog, who, previously, had never seen the outside of a building.

Eddie, who had to work at gaining the trust of one who , through experience at the hands of men, feared them so much, will now be sorely missed by the little character.

Our healing thoughts go out to both  the Cox and Bunce families and indeed all  of  those who have lost loved ones in the recent months.


“Another day older and deeper in debt” or so goes the song.  It can certainly be said of today and our global economy, according to all news reports.

As regards the United Kingdom, some say we might be slightly better off if we didn’t have to pay £50 billion , yearly,  to The European Union.  “What has this to do with animal rights or spiritualism?”  I hear you ask.  Well, it does rather irritate the compassionate amongst us when they hear that this same union subsidises bullfighting by granting  european funds to bull breeders.  The commission’s excuse in refusing to ban the sport is that bullfighting is traditional, therefore a  cultural issue which cannot be interfered with !

Please get in touch with your M.E.P about the matter and sign  Written Declaration 0002/2007  or, if you feel that the E.U. will eventually invalidate protest on animal issues here in the U.K.,  join the campaign to withdraw from it.

I  have enjoyed immensely working for A.R.I.S. , putting out the spiritual message on behalf of all our animal friends and, of course, being in contact with such kind , generous and like-minded people .  I suppose this year’s spiritual gathering is partly an attempt to bring us all together from our little cells all over the country but it will probably be the last event of its kind  that we, here at headquarters, organise for a  while.

Instead, we intend to concentrate on taking a well equipped stall to other events.  We feel that A.R.I.S. may be able to do it’s job more efficiently in this way.   To begin with, we can put the psychic stories regarding animals into a calendar, create an A.R.I.S. poetry book full of members contributions, make inspirational  greeting cards  and in general,  focus on using our own spiritual and creative gifts in order to raise funds for those working frontline in our compassionate quest.

Often, given the right venue, an attractively laid out stall,  which displays  informative literature, has merchandise for sale and gives healing or  readings in exchange for donations , will make just as much in funds as  would a full event and will do so without the difficulties involved in finding helpers or the cost of a hall.

Speaking of  fundraising, a good earner is the raffle which is usually held at our events.  This year, we have a raw food juicer as our main prize but in the past, an excellent postal  reading has been given by our  member from Wales, Kate Reeves, as  has with Paul Noble, our North London Contact.  It is with great regret , however, that I have to inform you all that Kate is no longer in a position to give readings and has asked that I let everyone know.  Those of you who received a reading from her gave me very positive feedback and we will miss her and her contribution.

This leaves us with one medium down  and a position to fill, for it is our intention to start a  postal raffle to coincide with the sending of  the yearly newsletter.   If there are any experienced mediums among you who would like to offer such a reading as a prize, please let us know.

As usual, this year,  I attended the national march and rally organised by the animal rights group, SPEAK .  This time it was held in London for World Day for Laboratory Animals and was   “aimed at bringing various strands of the movement together……..where we can exchange news and ideas and think about future tactics and strategies.”

   At the rally, it was brought to our attention that there is to be a political party  entitled  Speak Political whose main function will be to try and disempower anti animal rights  M.P.s  by standing for election in their constituencies.  If this party  have candidates standing in your area, you can be sure that your vote for them will not be lost on empty words and a lust for power but will help balance the scales of justice in favour of all this country’s inhabitants, no matter what their species.

Speaking of  politics and still on the subject of anti-vivisection here follows a particularly important message in……

Pat’s Points

Early Day Motion 569 :



Gibson, Ian  M.P.

“That this House believes that the safety of medicines should be established by the most reliable methods available in order to reduce the large and increasing toll of serious adverse drug reactions; and calls on the Government to initiate an unprecedented comparison of currently required animal tests with a set of human biology-based tests, as required by the Safety of Medicines (Evaluation) Bill, to see which is the most effective means to predict the safety of medicines for patients.”

   “I will not be signing EDM 569”

Liam Fox  MP  for Woodspring     Mar 25 09

The reason that Fox gives why he does not want a scientific comparison ?

“   . we are still not at a stage where alternative methods of experimentation are as reliable or comprehensive as those involving animals.  … human biology-based testing  … such options are as yet not as reliable …. as animal testing.”

How does Fox know when there has been no comparisons?

He does not : he just knows that it would be disastrous for the petro-pharma mafia if it had to abandon its totally unreliable animal testing and subject its products to genuine safety and efficiency tests.

As good an example of integrity, in  an MP, as you will find : we will see how many more do not want any scientific evaluation of fraudulent “animal research”.

Please contact your MP and try to ensure that they sign the EDM : negative replies are being collected, so please pass them on to us.



Forthcoming Events.


Sat, 16th May, 10am-6pm, Veggie pride – outdoor festival. Victoria Square, Birmingham,  FREE ADMISSION. Tel: 01527 458395

Sunday, 24th May, 10.30 am – 3pm.  Hope Pastures Open Day & Plant Fair.  Wheetwood lanre, Leeds.

June 13th,Raise funds for  Animals Asia foundation  by attending their ‘East Meets West’ evening in aid of the ‘Moon Bears’ . 6p.m. .start at Station Farm, London Rd., Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, CB8 0UH. Tel: 01579 347148    Also please use the search engine    

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July, 6pm to 6pm inc. ,or Saturday & Sunday daily between 10am & 5.30pm. – Vegan Spiritual Gathering, Unstone Grange, Unstone, Nr. Dronfield, Derbyshire. Contact: Elissa Rattigan. Tel:  01246 230474 or email

Regular events.

A. R.I.S. Animal Rights Street Stall.  First Saturday of each month.  12 noon to 3pm Outside HSBC bank in market Square, Chesterfield.  Telephone  01246 230474 on the morning to confirm the leafleting is taking place.

A.R.I.S. Lightworking circles.  Telephone your A.R.I.S. area contact or headquarters for information  regarding your nearest group.

Every Thursday from 3.45 to 4pm our Oxford contact, Albert Gould holds meditations  near the new Oxford laboratory.  Those interested may join him there or tune in from a distance for the animals.  Contact Albert for further details.

Sponsor a vegan prisoner’s term of imprisonment  and raise funds  for Greek Animal Rescue.  Contact Vesna Jones. G.A.R. 69, Great North Way, Hendon, London. NW4 1PT Tel: 020-8203 1956. email:

Support the  ongoing campaigns of  VIVA.   8, York Ct., Wilder St., Bristol, BS2 8QH.

and PETA . PO Box 36668, London, SE1 1WA.  Email:

World Day for Laboratory  Animals.  March & Rally, held  around April 24th each year. email:

Support Speak and Stop Huntington Cruelty campaigns –


 Elissa Rattigan.  Animal Rights  in Spiritulism.  1, Quarry Bank Road, Chesterfield. S41 0HH.  Tel: 01246 230474  email:             Webs: