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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. )
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.”
“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,
Please follow this link to sign our petition asking Pope Francis to promote veganism and ban the cruel abuse of animals at religious festivals.
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A very happy new year to all supporters.
The newsletter will follow in January.
All the best from Animal Rights in Spiritualism.
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,
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.
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.
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 http://www.mansfieldshow.com
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.
In memory of one termed “The mother of the Animal Rights movement.”
Nancy Phipps passed to the world of Spirit on the 30th May, 2014. A supporter of the Animal Liberation Front and an animal rights prisoner in the 1980s, she was the mother of Jill Phipps who died after being hit by a veal calf truck at the ‘live export’ protests in 1995.
We honour Nancy and her daughter Jill (hopefully, both re-united) for their bravery in doing all they could to protect and rescue our beloved fellow creatures.