LAP Newsletter November 2013

Hello to all Leeds Animal Protection members and supporters

SOME RECENT EVENTS AND NEWS

At our stall in Leeds City Centre we campaigned for the badgers, and against the use of snares and the sale of shooting magazines. We gave out leaflets for “Safer Medicines” and also “Little Books of Cruelty Free”

We travelled to Manchester to take part in the Badger Section of the TUC march at the Conservative Party Conference. The badger section was very well supported with many people wearing black and white for the badgers, and it was an opportunity to meet campaigners from other parts of the country – some of whom had recently been helping the badgers in the cull areas. The message that the cull should be stopped was well received and supported by the other marchers. Dominic Dyer gave an excellent speech – which can still be viewed on the Badger Trust website www.badger.org

We also held another candlelit vigil in Leeds – for the badgers.

We held two events in aid of Dr Hadwen Trust. The first was a collection and leafleting at Leeds Railway Station, which raised just over £100.00. The second was a stall at Hope Pastures Open Day where we gave out DHT info and talked to people about the work of Dr Hadwen Trust.

BADGERS

DEFRA has admitted that the culls in both Somerset and Gloucestershire have failed to kill the target number of badgers. The cull in Somerset has been extended by three weeks. The government has revealed that its original badger population estimates were so inaccurate that the kill target in West Somerset was set higher than the actual number of badgers living in the area! To kill even the number of badgers that they already have done in Somerset, the shooters have had to use cage trapping rather than the proposed free shooting method. With the poor badger in the cage, it would have been as simple to vaccinate as to shoot him/her.

The League Against Cruel Sports has expressed horror at the news that the government is looking into alternative methods of killing badgers – such as gassing. The gassing of badger setts was outlawed in 1982 after it was shown to be inhumane.

The Badger Trust has challenged the proposed eight week extension of the cull in Gloucestershire details www.badger.org.uk
Also there are reports in The Guardian newspaper [October 21] that the lead scientist on the board of Natural England [the organisation charged with making the decision] has said that the cull in Gloucestershire should be stopped immediately, and that pertubation has already been caused.

The cull is a failure, and should be stopped immediately, before any more badgers are injured or loose their lives.

EDM 299

This Early Day Motion calls for a debate and vote in parliament before the badger culling could be rolled out across the country. If anyone has not done so already, please go to www.league.org.uk and ask your MP to sign. If he/she has already signed, they can be thanked, and even those MPs who cannot sign EDMs can be made aware of how people feel.

HUNTING

There have been reports of a proposal to increase the number of dogs allowed to flush out foxes to guns. At present the Hunting Act 2004 allows a maximum of two dogs to flush a fox to waiting guns. Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, stated that this is nothing but an attempt at repeal by the back door. Please see www.league.org.uk for the full story.

RUDOLPH’S CHRISTMAS WISH

Captive Animals’ Protection Society report that as Christmas approaches, organisers begin to advertise live reindeer parades and shows. This involves transporting the reindeer around the country; small pens, glaring lights, people and noise. These animals are adapted to live in large herds in cold regions and they can suffer huge welfare problems, and even death due to poor management when used in this way.

We are asked to make Rudolph’s Christmas Wish come true! by taking actions such as emailing CAPS info@captiveanimals.org if we see a reindeer event organised nearby, following CAPS on Facebook and Twitter and looking out for “Reindeer Action Alerts” www.captiveanimals.org

PURPLE POPPIES

Many people around the country now wear a purple poppy – in addition to the red one – to remember all the animals who have been injured or killed in wars. This year – for the second time – Leeds Animal Protection have been given permission to take part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at The Cenotaph in Leeds.

We feel honoured that we will be able to lay a wreath of purple poppies again this year for the animals who have suffered so much, and it is fitting that they will be included in the service. Do come along to this solemn occasion if you can. You can buy a purple poppy from Animal Aid www.animalaid.org and we will have some for sale at the meeting on Wednesday – price £1.00

Victoria Gardens – in front of the Art Gallery at 10.30 – Sunday November 10th

BUAV – BEST FRIENDS

BUAV have a campaign called “Our Best Friends” Dogs and cats are our best friends – they don’t belong in laboratories. Yet each year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs are harmed in cruel experiments in the UK. The campaign is calling on the Government to ban all experiments on dogs and cats in the UK.

On the website www.ourbestfriends.org there are details of ways that we can help. For example – if anyone has not signed the petition to stop experiments on kittens at Cardiff University – the details are there.

TWO VERY IMPORTANT ANTI VIVISECTION PETITIONS- URGENT – TIME RUNNING OUT

Please see www.animalaid.org for details of these two very important petitions.

We have just a few days to stop a facility from being built that would breed dogs and ferrets to be used in animal experiments. Last year, campaigners stopped a similar application from being accepted, but a smaller version has now been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire for a unit on the same site. Please sign the petition NOW to stop the new breeding unit – Yorkshire Evergreen.

Time is also running out for the Stop Vivisection petition, which has a goal of one million signatures and could give us the opportunity to call for a new European Directive that would end experiments on animals in the EU.

ADVICE SHEETS BE KIND DON@T KILL

We may at times be asked for advice from other people who have a “problem” with a wild animal, or may even have one ourselves. As cold weather approaches, wild animals may search for warmth within our homes. Animal Aid reminds us not to panic and call in “pest” controllers, and they have produced fact sheets with advice on how to deal with squirrels, foxes, rats, mice and birds. We can find out how to take practical steps to encourage the animal to move on.

On their website www.badgertrust.org.uk the Badger Trust has guidelines and advice to help people who have a problem with badgers in their garden. People can also be put in touch with their local badger conservation group.

FUR IN LEEDS SHOPS

There are demos in Leeds [and other cities] again – to inform customers about the cruelty involved in the fur trade and where fur items are being sold.

For details please see Campaign Against the Fur Trade www.caft.org.uk The CAFT Winter Newsletter can be downloaded from their website, and we can find out about the Fur free policy of various shops around the UK. There are contact details for various shops so that we can ask them to reinstate their fur free policy.

VEGAN FESTIVALS – Have a lovely day out!

Saturday October 26th West Midlands Vegan Festival at Wolverhampton – www.veganmidlands.org.uk

Saturday November 2nd Manchester Vegan Fair – facebook.com/events/410298329077140

Saturday November 9th 6th Lincoln Veggie Fayre – All proceeds to local animal rescues and charities – veganlincs.co.uk

Saturday November 16th Huddersfield Free Vegan Food Fair – http://theveganapproach.com

Sunday November 17th Vegan Food Sampling at Holmfirth Farmers Market – http://theveganapproach.com

North East Vegan Festival at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. This one is organised by Farplace Animal Rescue www.farplace.co.uk – music and comedy on the evening of Saturday November 16th and stalls, speakers, cookery demos etc on Sunday 17th – www.northeastveganfestival.co.uk

FUTURE EVENTS

Saturday November 2nd – possible stall in Leeds City Centre

Sunday November 10th Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph [in front of the Art Gallery] 10.30

Saturday November 16th – Dr Hadwen Trust stall at the Feral Cat Welfare Charity Auction Please see Feral Cat Welfare website for details

Monday November 18th – fundraising night at El Piano (York) for the Morrocan Primate Conservation – £10 per ticket – 1930 – please visit the event page on Facebook for further information – https://www.facebook.com/events/624485437574155/?fref=ts

Saturday November 23rd – LAP stall at Bradford Peace Fair at the beautiful Victoria Hall in Saltaire. Veggie food, entertainment and lots of stalls and crafts.

We always need people to help on stalls and it is a very effective way to meet and talk to people. Please do get in touch with Jenny – jenny@bluecloud.plus.com if you would like to help for an hour or so.

The next meetings will be held in Leeds Civic Hall at 7.00 pm on the following Wednesdays:-

Wednesday October 23rd
Wednesday November 27th
Wednesday December 11th [meeting is held on 2nd Wednesday in December]

New members are always welcome. Hope to see you soon

Jenny and Carla

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