Hello to all Leeds Animal Protection members and supporters.
Several LAP members attended an Anti Vivisection Coalition event in Leeds City Centre on February 1st. Wearing red boiler suits and monkey costumes, protesters gathered signatures to stop the UK government funding cruel monkey experiments.
For details of AVC campaigns, including the recent Torchlight Protest at Cambridge University, and for ways to help – please go to www.stopvivisection.org.uk
In February we held a stall in Leeds City Centre, where we supported Animal Aid’s Veggie Month by giving out veggie and vegan recipes, and we collected signatures on petitions to ban the import of fur, and to ban the Grand National. We also supported Cruelty-Free International’s campaign – “Clean Up Cruelty” – calling on the government to finally ban the use of animals to test household products and ingredients – as promised by a Home Office minister in parliament in 2011. For details and to sign the petition online please go to www.crueltyfreeinternational.org
In the last newsletter we mentioned that VIVA! invited people to go vegan for the month of January – through its Veganuary campaign. VIVA! is continuing to offer the 30 Day Vegan – with no date limits. Anyone who missed it and is still interested – it’s free – all you have to do is sign up and a daily email bulletin will bring you the recipes! www.viva.org.uk/30dayvegan
Animal Aid report that there are strong rumours that the culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are likely to resume from June 2014. Badgers in other areas of the country – most likely starting in Devon and Cornwall – will also probably be targeted. The government has now commissioned research into gassing badger setts. Nothing is definite yet, and the level of opposition to the culling is increasing.
If anyone wishes to sponsor badger vaccination, please have a look at WWW.BACVI.CO.UK Donations fund vaccinations of badgers in the listed cull zones and risk areas. The fund is supported by Brian May, Team Badger, IFAW, League Against Cruel Sports and others.
Please keep an eye on the following websites for details of any developments regarding badgers:-
Yorkshire Against The Badger Cull – on Facebook
URGENT This petition was mentioned in the previous newsletter. There are council petitions set up across the country calling for the councils to prohibit the culling of badgers and to promote the vaccination of badgers in their area. To sign the petition for Leeds please go to www.hsi.org click on United Kingdom, then on Cull Fiasco and then on “actions you can take” Please share this as widely as possible.
The LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS reminds us that this year will be the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Hunting Act. The charity works to help prevent cruelty to animals associated with sports such as fox hunting, game bird shooting and wildlife crime. This includes campaigning to keep the Hunting Ban and to prevent illegal hunting with dogs. Details of their campaigns at www.league.org.uk
Cheltenham remains Britain’s most deadly horse racing track. Over the past six and a half years 48 horses have perished there. Animal Aid started their Race Horse Deathwatch in 2006 when 11 horses died there. In this initiative, all known deaths on British racecourses are recorded on their interactive web database. The Cheltenham Festival dates are March 11th – 14th, and Animal Aid will be leafleting about this issue in Cheltenham. www.animalaid.org for details if anyone wishes to help.
Animal Aid’s Horseracing Awareness Week takes place in the seven days leading up to the Grand National [March 29th – April 5th]. This is a particularly good time to talk to people about the notoriously cruel Aintree event, and about the racing industry in general. Please see “Future Events” for details of the protest.
MARIUS the young giraffe There was great anger and sadness when we learned about the killing and public dissection of poor Marius the giraffe at Copenhagen zoo, before feeding his body to lions. Very soon after, another Danish zoo announced that they too were considering killing another young giraffe – also named Marius. The general public have for so long – been told that the zoo industry is vital for the survival of species, and that animal welfare is its top priority. Petitions were immediately started – to let the zoos know how people felt. It has also been announced that lions have been killed at Longleat Safari Park “on more than one occasion” when breeding of their lions got “out of control”. Captive Animals Protection Society tell us that the killing of healthy animals is rife across the entire zoo industry, and that thousands of animals are deliberately killed in European zoos each year. CAPS will be holding their Zoo Awareness weekend at Easter time, and whilst it is too late to save Marius and the family of lions, we can help to raise awareness of his plight and that of thousands of other animals in zoos.
Saturday March 1st Lancaster Vegan Fair – at Lancaster Library.
Saturday March 8th National March Against the Badger Cull in Newcastle. 12.00. details at NorthEast Anti Badger Cull Action – on Facebook
We hope to hold a stall in Leeds City Centre on a Saturday in March/April.
Saturday April 5th Leeds Animal Protection stall at Otley Green Fair. Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley LS21 3AN 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Also on Saturday April 5th – Aintree Protest – There will be a protest outside the gates at Aintree Racecourse – against the Grand National. 11.00 a.m. – 2.30p.m. This is organised by Animal Aid – details at www.animalaid.org
For anyone wishing to travel to Nottingham by coach, National Express run regular services from Leeds.
The following coaches may be useful-
Coach leaves Leeds 8.45 arrives Nottingham 11.00 adult fare is £13.85
return journey – as part of a return ticket – coach leaves Nottingham at 16.55pm [£3.15] or at 18.20pm [£0.15]
Saturday May 10th The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival – at the Queens Hotel Leeds next to the Train Station 10.00am – 6.00pm. Leeds Animal Protection will have a stall there. Details at www.yorkshireveganfestival.com
Saturday May 17th Pudsey Carnival – Leeds Animal Protection will have a stall there.
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
Bank Holiday Monday May 26th There will be a street collection in Leeds in aid of Dr Hadwen Trust.
If you can help at any of the events in and around Leeds please let Jenny know email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
The following meetings – for 2014 – will be Wednesday February 26th, Wednesday March 26th and Wednesday April 24th. Meetings are at Leeds Civic Hall at 7.00pm
New members are always welcome. Hope to see you soon.
Jenny and CarlaA