Leeds Candlelit Vigil to mark one week of badger slaughter

Badger candlelit vigil

Tuesday 3rd September
Time: 8:00pm until 9:00pm
Where: Outside Trinity Shopping centre on Briggate, near Marks and Spencers, LS1 6HF

Meet 8pm. Wear black and white. Tea lights provided. Assemble outside new Trinity shopping centre, near Marks and Spencer.

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LAP Newsletter September 2013

Hello to all Leeds Animal Protection members and supporters

SOME RECENT EVENTS AND NEWS

We held a campaigning stall at Unity Day – a huge event on Woodhouse Moor at Hyde Park, have held stalls to promote Dr Hadwen Trust at the Leeds Dogs Trust Open Day, which was very busy and very successful, and also at the Feral Cat Charity Bazaar.  Dr Hadwen Trust fund and promote non-animal research to replace the use of animals in medical research – www.drhadwentrust.org

THE BADGER CULL

The badger cull, very sadly, has now started, despite both science and morality being against it.  Brian May’s e-petition to stop the cull can still be signed until September 7th and is an easy and effective way for the public to let their views be known.  It is the most signed e-petition ever and at present the number of signatures is 273,672.  Please check that everyone you know – who might sign it – has done so – LAST CHANCE!

Websites for info about the cull include
> www.teambadger.org
> www.league.org
> www.hsi.org
> Badger Trust – www.badger.org.uk
> www.animalaid.org

Animal Aid have suggestions for action that we can take to help the badgers including:
> the Wounded Badger Patrol{wbpglos@gmail.com or 07928 775012}
> the Hunt Saboteurs {contact@huntsabs.org.uk or 08454500727}

Early Day Motion 299

Please ask your MP to sign EDM 299. EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons.  This EDM states that after the culling in the pilot areas has finished, the results will be evaluated and a decision taken on a wider roll-out. EDM 299 calls on the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to take the matter to the House of Commons before any decision on a wider roll-out of the pilot badger cull is taken, and that the matter should be subject to a vote in the House of Commons.  Details at www.parliament.uk  Also at this website you can find out who your MP is, by entering your postcode.  Please note that it is the custom that the following people do not normally sign EDMs – Ministers and Government whips, Parliamentary Private Secretaries and The Speaker and his deputies.

SNARES

One of the focuses for League Against Cruel Sports in September will be the campaign to end the use of snares. “Snare Aware” will run for the whole month.  Snares are thin wire nooses set to trap wild animals.  In Britain, snares are largely used by gamekeepers to control foxes, who are naturally drawn to the elevated number of game birds in shooting woods. Snares inflict terrible suffering on the animal who is captured.  Full details on LACS website www.league.org  Please sign the petition calling for a complete ban on the manufacture, sale and use of snares in England and Wales at www.league.org.uk/bansnares

THE NOT GLORIOUS 12th

The grouse shooting season [the so-called “Glorious” 12th] started on August 12th and lasts till December 10th.  Apart from the grouse, a large number of native birds and mammals who “interfere” with grouse shooting, are trapped, poisoned or snared.  Environmental damage is also caused.  Details at www.animalaid.org

FIGHT FOR FLIGHT

Captive Animals Protection Society are having a Week of Action to end the mutilation and shooting of birds in UK zoos.  There are actions to do each day and the week ends with a skydive.  Please go to www.captiveanimals.org for details

CRUELTY FREE INTERNATIONAL

In March, the European Union banned the sale of new cosmetics tested on animals in all its member nations.  Many nations are keen to follow the EU’s lead and Norway and Israel have already done so.  However many animals around the world are still suffering in cruel tests although proven, valid alternatives exist.  For further information and details on how you can help go to www.crueltyfreeinternational.org

VIVA!

VIVA! report that there is still time to object to plans for what would be one of the largest pig farms Britain has ever known.  Derbyshire County Council will soon make a decision and big business is watching – www.viva.org.uk

FUTURE EVENTS

We will have a campaigning stall at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival on Saturday August 31st.  This is held in the streets of Chapel Allerton from 11am – 6pm.  We will be campaigning on the issues above.

Our following stall will be at Otley Vintage Travel Extravaganza on Sunday September 8th at Knotford Nook, Pool Road, Otley – 10am – 4pm.

We hope to hold a stall in Leeds City Centre in September too.

There will be a protest against the Badger Cull – at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester – on Sunday September 29th.  The conference is at Manchester Central Convention Complex [formerly known as the GMEX centre], Windmill street, Manchester M2 3GX.  It starts at 1’o’clock, and please wear black and white if possible.  For details please see www.animalrightsuk.org/ It is also on facebook.  Directions will be on the conservative party website as well.  There are frequent coaches and trains from Leeds.

We always need people to help at 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 at Leeds Civic Hall at 7.00 on the following Wednesdays:-
> Wednesday August 28th
> Wednesday September 25th
> Wednesday October 23rd

New members are always welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Best Wishes
Jenny and Carla

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LAP Newsletter August 2013

Hello to all Leeds Animal Protection members and supporters

SOME RECENT EVENTS AND NEWS

We have recently held very successful stalls at Horsforth Gala, Garforth Gala, Kirkstall Festival and Bramley Carnival – where we have focussed on campaigning against the badger cull, against pinioning of birds and against zero-grazing. We have informed people about which medical research charities still use animals and which are humam-based. We have had petitions for CCTV in slaughterhouses and we have been able to give out many veggie recipes.

THE BADGER CULL

Brian May’s e-petition to Stop The Badger Cull is now the biggest ever e-petition recorded on the Government’s own website. As the petition grows the position of the Government and the NFU become less and less supportable. The petition is an easy and effective way for the public to let their views be known, and it will close on September 7th 2013. Lets keep it going and get it as high as possible – only one month left! Current total is 260,909

You can also help the badgers by asking your MP to sign EDM 299, which calls for a parlimentary vote on the assessment of the cull and any proposals to expand the cull beyond the pilot area. Please visit www.league.org.uk for further information.

ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS

The Government has announced a sharp increase in the number of scientific “procedures” conducted on animals in British labs last year. The jump is from 3.7 million in 2011 to 4.1 million. This rise comes despite a post-election pledge by the coalition Government that it would work to reduce the total. Most of the increase is accounted for by the use of GM mice, although experiments on non-human primates are up by 22% and on goats by nearly 750%. Please visit www.animalaid.org for details.

Also – the BUAV has a campaign called “Broken Promises” which calls on the Government to keep it’s promise to reduce the number of animal experiments. Please visit www.buav.org/our-campaigns/broken-promises for details.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO OBJECT TO A PROPOSED PIG MEGA FARM

Please go to www.viva.org.uk to object to plans to build what would be one of the largest pig farms Britain has ever known. If it goes ahead 26,000 pigs will be housed indoors in a vast factory farm. Derbyshire County Council will soon make the decision about this proposal, and there is still time for us to object. There is a letter objecting to the farm – pre-written for us to sign and send.

FISH

VIVA! and Animal Aid are having a joint Day of Action for Fish to inform people of the plight of sea creatures when they eat them and to encourage them to refrain from doing so. Scientists agree that fish – as well as crustaceans like crab, shrimps and lobsters – experience pain and suffering in much the same way as land animals, yet there are hardly any laws protecting them from harm. Please see www.animalaid.org for details.

FUTURE EVENTS

Leeds Animal Protection stall at Unity Day, Hyde Park Saturday July 27th

Information stall for Dr Hadwen Trust at the Dog’s Trust Open Day, at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, York Road – on Sunday August 4th

Stall for Dr Hadwen Trust at the Feral Cat Welfare Bazaar at St Margaret’s Hall, Horsforth on Saturday August 10th

We have also applied for a Leeds Animal Protection stall at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – 0n Saturday August 31st.

We always need people to help at stalls so please do get in touch with Jenny jenny@bluecloud.plus.com if you would like to help for an hour or so.

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

Wednesday July 24th
Wednesday August 28th
Wednesday September 25th

New members are always welcome. Hope to see you soon

Best Wishes
Jenny and Carla

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