Hello to all Leeds Animal Protection members and supporters.
The weather was not kind to us at our latest stall in Leeds City Centre – where we had wind and hail stones to contend with! However we had a successful day at Otley Green Fair – where we campaigned for the badgers and against the Grand National. We also collected signatures to end the testing of household products on animals and gave out information about cruelty-free medical research.
We used our “Choose your own prize” activity as a fund-raiser and we will be doing this at our summer stalls. If you have a small unwanted gift that someone might choose as a prize then please bring it along to one of our stalls or meetings – Thanks
Some LAP members helped at a street collection in Leeds for NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society). Please see www.navs.org.uk for details of their work to support the replacement of animals in research. Others helped at an AVC – Anti Vivisection Coalition campaigning stall. Details of their campaigns can be found at www.stopvivisection.org Some LAP members held veggie recipe and nutritional advice stalls in Leeds market.
The Humane Society International has reported that the killing of seals has started again in Canada. Baby seals are being shot and clubbed to death for their fur in Newfoundland. HSI are asking for emergency donations for their Protect Seals Team. If you would like to help fund this campaign then please go to www.hsi.org for details.
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) have a petition calling on the Canadian Prime Minister – Stephen Harper, to end the commercial seal hunt and are asking for the action alert to be passed on and to be shared on Facebook – www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom
On April 3rd the government announced that there will be no roll out of the badger cull, but that it will continue in Somerset and Gloucestershire. DEFRA Minister Owen Paterson said that when the culling is “perfected”, he will allow badgers to be targeted in other parts of the country. Hundreds more badgers will be killed this year. If anyone wishes to support the Wounded Badger Patrols in Somerset and Gloucestershire please refer to the Somerset Wounded Badger Patrol (on Facebook) and Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting www.glosagainstbadgershooting.org [GABS]
For information on badger and cattle vaccination, the League Against Cruel Sports suggests that we go to www.bacvi.co.uk for further information and to support this initiative.
Please keep an eye on the following websites for details of any developments regarding the culls and what we can do to help the badgers.
Yorkshire Against The Badger Cull – on Facebook
The League Against Cruel Sports and Bill Oddie (conservationist and wildlife expert) are travelling to Malta to support Birdlife Malta’s campaign to abolish the spring hunting of thousands of migratory birds; details at www.league.org.uk
On our summer stalls we will be supporting CAPS campaign to help educate people about zoos and on the issue of animal captivity. European zoos kill thousands of healthy animals every year and thousands of birds suffer wing amputation so that they can be held captive in zoos. Details at www.captiveanimals.org
On their Victims of Charity website – www.victimsofcharity.org Animal Aid have exposed and challenged cruel and futile experiments paid for by another charity. Marmoset monkeys have been repeatedly dosed with a toxic chemical called MPTP in order to damage their brains and induce symptoms that mimic Parkinson’s disease. They were left in this state for several months and then given high doses of a drug. Some were given ecstasy. Some of these poor monkeys had already been used previously in similar experiments. The experiments were performed in Canada, but are co-funded by a UK-based charity – the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. We can easily take action through the Victims of Charity website and contact the charity, urging them to change their research policy.
BUAV have reports from their new investigation, which has uncovered details of the killing of puppies, kittens and other baby animals “BORN TO DIE” in a UK laboratory. The BUAV went undercover at MSD Animal Health for 8 months in 2013. For details and for ways to help please go to www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/born-to-die
ALLTRIALS CAMPAIGN – MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new law that will require all drug clinical trials in Europe to be registered and their results reported in a public database. This will come into force in 2016, but will not address the far bigger problem that we still don’t have full reporting for the medicines that we are using now. For further information please go to www.alltrials.net
Saturday April 26th World Day For Animals In Laboratories – National March and Rally – 12.00 noon – Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT. www.wdail.org www.facebook.com/savelabanimals Campaigners will march through the city centre calling on the Government to halt animal experiments and will expose the horrific conditions that animals in laboratories have to suffer, including those in labs in Nottingham.
TRANSPORT – If you would like to come to the World Day for Laboratories march in Nottingham on 26th April, a coach has been arranged by the AVC to go from Leeds and Sheffield. It will pick up outside the West Yorkshire Playhouse, St Peters Street, Leeds, LS9 8AH at 9am on the day and from Sheffield Meadow Hall Tram and Train Station car park at 9.30am. Seats cost £15 each, places are currently available, but please book as soon as possible to reserve a seat. You can easily do this by contacting the AVC on firstname.lastname@example.org mob: 07899 951 693 or check out the Facebook page
Saturday May 10th THE GREAT YORKSHIRE VEGAN FESTIVAL – at the Queens Hotel Leeds next to the Train Station 10.00am – 6.00pm. There will be over 100 stalls, workshops, presentations and demonstrations. Leeds Animal Protection will have a stall there. This is going to be an exciting and very busy day and we will be supporting other stalls as well as our own – so PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH IF YOU CAN COME ALONG AND HELP. Details are on Facebook and at www.yorkshireveganfestival.com
Saturday May 17th – Pudsey Carnival – Queens Park, Pudsey time approx 11.00 – 5.00
Saturday May 17th – also on this day it will be Manchester Vegan Fair. This will be held at Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane Manchester. 11.00am – 5.00pm. Details at www.veganorganic.net
Sunday May 18th – Hope Pastures Spring Fair. We will hold a Dr Hadwen Trust stall there. Details of DHT work at www.drhadwentrust.org
Hope Pastures are now collecting used postage stamps, to help fund their work. Please collect stamps and take them along when you visit. It is open 7 days a week 10.00am – 3.00pm www.hopepastures.org
Bank Holiday Monday May 26th – there will be a street collection in Leeds in aid of Dr Hadwen Trust.
Horsforth Gala – Saturday June 28th – Hall Park, Horsforth
If you can help at any of the events in and around Leeds please let Jenny know – email email@example.com Thanks
The next meetings for 2014 will be Wednesday April 24th and Wednesday May 28th. Meetings are at Leeds Civic Hall at 7.00pm
New members are always welcome.
Hope to see you soon.
Jenny and Carla