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Animal Rights in Spiritualism north midlands meeting .

Concern for all animals?

We are holding a meeting for Animal Rights in Spiritualism cum Chesterfield Animal Rights local supporters from 1.30-2.30 on Sat 30th January at St. Leonards Church, Valley Road, Spital, Chesterfield, in order to give out this year’s activities and welcome new supporters.

Support independent natural health unit as part of the new Chesterfield cancer centre?

Patrick Rattigan N.D. will talk briefly about the new cancer centre for Chesterfield during the meeting and open short discussion on what we, as members of the public, want to be available in the way of natural, holistic support.

There will be a full talk , film and discussion on the subject for all interested parties at a later date.

Need healing?

This month’s meeting is followed by Reiki, Spiritual and other forms of healing from 2.30-4.30 when Patrick will also be available for natureopathic and nutritional advice and cancer support.

You are welcome to both as ARIS supporters but if you only want to attend one or the other that is fine.

Members of the public, friends , etc., are welcome to receive healing. Feel free to bring any interested parties along. 

Refreshments will be available.

Small donations asked to cover cost of hall. Anything over goes to ARIS funds for leaflets, printing etc.

We hope to hold this session bi- monthly after that but instead of an A.R. meeting for the first hour, the whole session will be a healing workshop run by me, Elissa Rattigan, as Reiki teacher, but other forms of spiritual/ natural healing may be available also in the last two hours by various healers .

The donations will still go to costs of hall and Animal Rights in Spiritualism funding. There will be vegan/ animal rights/ spiritual leaflets etc., freely available at all meetings.

Be great to see you there.


Who do we vote for to benefit the animal cause?

The next big issue for us all to deal with, regarding the furtherance of animal rights within the law, is the up and coming general election. Who do we vote for?

We know that Labour, which has three vegan MPs want to keep the hunting ban, are against a badger cull, want better protection for dogs and cats, will deal with wildlife crime associated with shooting and will ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

There is a party entitled Animal Welfare Party who has an interesting U.K manifesto which includes redirecting animal and fish farming subsidies to plant-based agriculture. Their E.U. policy seeks to end live exports, bull fighting , foie gras production and a ban on production and sale of fur. Unfortunately, this party has very little money and can only afford a few candidates. They are appealing for £1 from each animal rights campaigner and animal lover in order to help them make a big difference. You may contact them at

The Green Party have the most comprehensive manifesto are promising to make welfare conditions for farm animals and fish better in some ways and promote a progressive change to plant based diets.

They will prohibit the import/ export of fur, whether from wild or farmed animals.

On the vivisection front, they plan to phase out all animal experimentation, but, amongst a host of other things, urgently see a need to ban the use of dogs cats and primates in non-medical testing and all live animals in military experiments , want to end government funding for this and introduce a system for comparing animal tests with a human biology based tests.

Refreshingly, they will prohibit import of exotic animals for the pet trade, see an end to puppy farming, a ban on hunting, snaring, shooting , coursing, stop the badger cull and prohibit the use of animals in circuses.

While aiming to protect several marine species from exploitation , they will also call upon governments to end the practice of “whaling”

The U.K. Independence Party will ban live exports but it will allow a free vote on over-turning the hunting ban.

UKIP plan to triple jail sentences for animal cruelty, with a ban on owning or looking after animals if convicted.

Whilst challenging companies on the necessity of using animals instead of alternative technology in medical experiments and drug testing, they will keep a ban on testing for cosmetics.

Installing CCTV in all abattoirs, they will also make sure formal non-stun training with certification is given to religious slaughter-men.

UKIP wants to leave the E.U. and some argue that doing so would mean our taxes do not go to fund the dreadful cultural practices of bull-fighting and those mentioned earlier in the newsletter, as the E.U. gives so much in subsidy to farms breeding animals for these purposes.

Although Animal Aid have reported that the Liberal Democrats have the most M.P.’s who have signed the E.D.M.s, I cannot find much clarity in their manifesto as regards animal rights, apart from reducing animal experiments.. They do want to tackle wildlife crime, though, as well as protecting bees and insects and designating protective areas for marine life.

The Conservatives will ban wild animals in circuses; keep a ban on cosmetic testing and promote alternatives to animal testing, but otherwise, David Cameron has promised a vote to repeal the hunting act and allow religious slaughter to continue.

So, there we are. We can, as the group Animal Aid suggests , vote for individual M.P.’s, no matter what party they represent, so long as they are going to fight for animal rights, or we can decide on the party we think has the best chance of delivering for the animals we care so much about.

( Although I do my utmost to report accurately, I am paraphrasing what I’ve read from various manifestos and sources , therefore I urge readers to scrutinize the manifestos  for themselves. )

Letter to the Pope on behalf of animals.

Please use this letter to send to the Pope by adding your name underneath my signature

( Elissa Rattigan)  or write your own polite letter to him regarding the same subject.

The email address is

Please also sign the petition just below this letter.


Dear Your Holiness Pope Francis,

I am pleased to hear that, having taken your papal name in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, you are making it your mission to help the poor. However, St. Francis is known also for his equally passionate stance on the rights of all creatures, animals, insects, fish, plants, Mother Earth and the other planets alike. He took this further by promoting not only our kindness to, but protection of, all living things.

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.

We have a higher duty – to be of service to them, whenever they require it.”

St Francis of Assisi. 1181-1226.

As the true humane , Essene Jesus before him, Francis was probably one of the first animal liberationists, having saved lambs from slaughter. I would hope to be sure that having chosen his name-sake, you will , inspired by his compassion, be an instrument of the Great Spirit of God and saviour of billions of animals who face misery, torture and pain in farms, slaughterhouses, laboratories, etc., by your living and promoting veganism .

By many following your example and adopting a vegan diet, benefits will be brought to human health, starving nations and the planet, itself.

Livestock is the main driver of de-forestation.

Livestock is the largest single source of water pollution.

Livestock produces more green-house gases than all the world-wide transportation combined.”

United Nations “Livestocks’ Long Shadow” 2006.

Meat consumption is an inefficient use of grain”

…the grain is used more efficiently when consumed by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor.”

Worldwatch Institute.

A piece of land the size of five football pitches can feed only two people fed on meat. But it can feed ten people on maize, twenty four people on grains or sixty one on soya.”


I know other bodies have written to you regarding the above and have submitted films such as “Earthlings” which show the extent of mans’ cruelty to animals so I have no need to do the same. I will just add that we see you as the one person able to have influence in this regard over, at least, the many catholics throughout the world. Just think of the difference you could make with that power. We await with baited breath as there has never in many generations been an opportunity like this. We thank you in advance.

Now I turn to matters essentially Catholic, celebrated by your priests and which I would like you to deal with without delay. I speak of those fiestas which are surely the work of evil force  where bulls have their horns set alight and are then chased through the streets by gleeful people and clergy and of the pitiful spectacles of live goats being thrown from belfry tops, again sanctioned by the Church. Surely this is something you could ban straight away as a matter of priority. Thank you.

With hope and faith in you,

on behalf of our fellow creatures with whom we are one with God,

Elissa Rattigan.

Please sign our petition to the Pope regarding promotion of Veganism

Please follow this link to sign our petition asking Pope Francis to promote veganism and ban the cruel abuse of animals at religious festivals.


ONE DAY COURSE -Healing Meditation

School Of Traditional Healing- ONE DAY COURSE -Healing Meditation
With Kate E A Berridge an experienced, loving Teacher
Saturday 17th January 2015
10am—4pm North Somercotes
Re-start 2015 enjoying a whole day
of Healing Meditation.
Experience a guided Meditation for deep healing, in the ancient British and Irish Tradition.
Nourish your inner self.
Learn skills for your well-being and happiness.
You will be very welcome
This event is suitable for beginners and the more advanced
Price: £50 / £40 concessions … (proof must be provided)
Booking essential  as numbers are limited
Contact Kate via: website:
e-mail: telephone:01507 328689
Blessed Be


Happy New Year

A very happy new year to all supporters.


The newsletter will follow in January.


All the best from  Animal Rights in Spiritualism.






Grotesque, cruel “Bull of Fire” spectacle – urgent action, please


Hello everyone,

Susan of Liverpool asks us to email urgently to the addresses below, before this Saturday, 15 th November, when the horrific annual  chase of Bulls with their horns set on fire will take place.

Please read the letter she has composed and either send as it is or modify to personalise.  As it is likely to be mostly animal rights people who visit this website, I have spared you the gruesome graphics which Susan sent to my email but if anyone wishes to view them just email me and I will forward them.

for the animals,

Elissa Rattigan.

Officials Honor of Spain:

The Joy of Toro (bull of fire) is a grotesque
spectacle that draws protests and boycotts of tourism worldwide.

However, it remains Medinaceli occur annually in
the province of Soria, Spain.

In light of the recent ban on bullfighting in
north-eastern Spain, Catalonia region, I find
it surprising that the officials of Soria are still allowing jeering mobs to
tease a bull with flaming tar balls or
turpentine placed on their horns.
Covered with mud from the front legs,
slowly burning. some animals break their horns
on the walls to escape hours of agony.

“Some traditions can not remain frozen in time as society

Rull nationalist Jose Catalan said lawmakers voted
to ban bullfighting. The Joy of Toro is frozen in time – an archaic
and senseless brutality of the animals.

Please cancel the bull fire definitely in Spain.
I urge officials to enforce laws that protect animals
from all forms of abuse, including vulgar blood rituals and

Different cultures may not understand
unique customs, but everyone
recognizes animal cruelty. Heritage,
entertainment, art and religion never
justify torture outright.



Alcalde   (Mayor)

D. Carlos Martínez Mínguez (PSOE)

 The code for Spain is 0034, then the number is 975 234 141 in case anyone gets the chance to ring.>;

Funcionarios de Honor de España:

El Toro Júbilo de (toro
de fuego) es un espectáculo grotesco
que llama la protestas y los boicots de turismo de todo el
mundo. Sin embargo, sigue
anualmente se producen en Medinaceli,
provincia   de Soria, España.

A la luz de la reciente prohibición de
las corridas de toros en el noreste de España, Cataluña
región, me rresulta sorprendente que los funcionarios de
Soria sigue siendo que las turbas abucheos burlarse de un toro con bolas de alquitrán ardiendo o trementina colocada en sus cuernos.   Cubiertos de barro de las piernas al frente, lentamente
al animal quema. algunos romper en las paredes para escapar de horasde agonía.

Mansfield Mind Body Spirit Show

Elissa will be giving a talk on “The Compassionate Pathway” at 4pm in the Oakham Room at  Mansfield Mind Body Spirit Show on the 18th October – Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH, Notts.


The show provides 25 free talks and workshops and there are 70 stalls.  Open Saturday 18th Oct from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm.  Daily admission £4.  2 day pass £6.  Children free.


Organiser Northstar Crystals 07990   874699

Jumble Sale in aid of South Normanton Cat Sanctuary.

Jumble sale in aid of South Normanton Cat Sanctuary at the Zion Church Hall, Market Street, South Normanton, Derbyshire,  from 12-2pm on Saturday, 19th July.

I couldn’t resist adding this……..

I’m Optimistic About My Pessimism
by Ken Swensen

A few months ago, my wife and I were sharing a meal with a handful of animal activists and someone posed the inevitable question – is there any hope? Which of course meant, “is there any hope of getting the 70 billion land animals raised for food out of their prisons, saving the oceans and their inhabitants, and slowing humankind’s race towards environmental suicide?”

Somewhat cheerfully one of the assembled vegans said, “There could be a nuclear disaster.”

“Or a terrible epidemic,” another chimed in.

“Or a huge natural catastrophe,” added a third.

I laughed and said, “And this passes for optimism in the animal rights world?”

Let’s face it – the more we learn about the big picture, the tougher it gets to see the way out. Worldwide, we need to quickly reduce carbon emissions, but they rise inexorably. We must sharply reduce meat consumption, but we are constructing enormous factory farms throughout the developing world. Ocean acidification? Worsening. Deforestation? Proceeding. Desertification? Increasing. Overpopulation? Mind-boggling.

And then there’s China. With more than four times our population, China is rushing towards American levels of consumption and environmental impact. I’ve experienced the smog and the traffic jams in that part of the world, seen the rampant urban growth and the increasing commoditization of animals – and it haunts my dreams.

Then last year, I had the very good fortune to meet a woman named Pei-Feng Su at an animal rights conference. Pei (pronounced pay) devotes her life to fighting the wave of negative trends in China. After a decade working for other animal advocacy groups, she founded ACTAsia for Animals in 2006 and has relentlessly pursued a vision of a sustainable and compassionate China. Listening to her presentation, I knew I was going to volunteer to help ACTAsia.

Here is an organization addressing root causes in the country that will likely have the greatest influence on the fate of the earth. ACTAsia is teaching thousands of schoolchildren that animals have emotions, feel pain, and deserve our respect. Pei and her small, yet very effective team are raising awareness about the brutalities of the fur trade. They work with grassroots animal activists across China teaching them to be more effective and professional. They offer plant-based food choices to those who are ready to hear. They accomplish big things with little money in a country that is making decisions that will ultimately affect all living creatures.

Now my antidotes for those images of tortured dogs and foxes in rusted cages are these beautiful Chinese animal activists and the first-ever Cruelty-Free Fashion Show in Beijing.

The scary statistics about new coal plants in China are now accompanied by photos of these newly certified Chinese humane educators.

Instead of the downright depressing images of enormous new factory farms, I substitute the first Animal Protection Summer Camp.

And I see Pei Su with this Xiamen Middle School principal (on left) committing all of his students to a full year course of humane education. (The head of the Xiamen Animal Protection Association joins them.)

Realistically, I know that my efforts, and even ACTAsia’s efforts, are most likely a drop in the proverbial bucket. Might ACTAsia educate an animal activist who becomes the future premier of China? Will environmental activism start to move like wildfire through the provinces? I don’t know. But what I do know is that it feels right to put my efforts in the very places that fuel my fears. It feels good to attack the core of my pessimism.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not advocating for a pessimistic worldview. It’s simply the one I’ve got. I’ve tried to change it, but when it comes to climate change, the state of the oceans, the extinction of species, and the endless ways we torment animals, I can’t seem to will my mind to a happy vision of the future.

Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd says:

Warriors must always focus on the action rather than the result. We do what we do because we cannot imagine not doing it. I never think about winning or losing… What matters is that all of your energy be directed towards achieving your goals… What matters is what you do today.

I’m no warrior, but I do keep fighting – to improve myself and share what I’ve learned with others. Lately I’ve been feeling oddly optimistic about my pessimism. It seems to be a motivating force. And I’m especially optimistic about the importance and validity of the work we are all doing together, regardless of what the future may bring.


Ken Swensen will be at the ACTAsia table at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, July 10 to 13, sponsored by FARM. Pei Su will be speaking at the conference.