So we come back to you after what have been very busy couple of weeks! The Peas vs Pills workshop was fantastic – and we received excellent feedback. Our thanks again to Dr. Shah for coming to Edinburgh to deliver it. (SHARAN are looking for an intern see here for more details http://sharan-india.org/news/sharan-is-looking-for-an-intern/)
During the workshop, and over the last few months, we’ve been receiving requests from new vegans or those wanting to make the transition for support and resources. In response to the need, we are now investigating setting up a service so we can deliver workshops like peas vs pills – and other support activities which would help new vegans in a practical way.
We are thinking of producing resources – recipe books, guides etc and organizing events like cookery demos, talks, and support groups. We want to develop what you want, so if you feel you would benefit from something like this, drop us an email with your ideas. Or better still, get actively involved in setting it up! Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal Rights Films Series followed by talk and discussion
FREE, but let us know if you are coming so we know how many to expect!
7-10pm, Autonomous Center Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA.
24 June: Behind the Mask
22 July: Meat the Truth
Ranting Rabbit Scotland tour:
4 July: St Andrews, Logie’s Lane, 11am
Stalls & Demos, Edinburgh (weather-dependent, text 0792 088 8769 for confirmation):
Please spare a couple of hours to help man a stall and get active for animals!
20 June: Stall: Anti-vivisection, 12 noon, Registry House
3rd July 7pm Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA.
Cruelty-Free Drinks and monthly Bunny Huggers meeting
Come along if you are interested in participating in our campaign-planning or simply meeting like-minded folk. Off to the pub for 'cruelty-free' drinks after.
Compassionate Living Fayre Summer'09
25th July 10.30am-5.30pm Augustine United Church 41 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EL
More details soon!
Bookings for stalls, workshops and talks open, get in touch to book a place.
All enquiries to email@example.com
A poisoned red kite was found dead on the Scottish Borders along with several baits and injured hunting dogs on Raeshaw estate in Peebles earlier this month. Its absolutely appalling that animals are still killed for sport. There's been some interest in getting active against hunting, so if you want to get your outdoor gear on and get active for animals, we'd love to hear from you!
Bobby Roberts are still up in Scotland. Thanks to all who came for the protest on the 12th June. Using animals in circuses is just plain wrong! Zippos Circus are up next, and we’d be organizing a protest on the 1st of August in Hawick – drop us an email if you want to attend. In the meantime please write to your local papers opposing the circus.
More news from campaigns against animal cruelty in China: In China all animals, with the exception of the panda, are exploited, abused and killed in the name of greed and culture. Moon bears suffer a particularly sadistic form of abuse. They live out their lives in tiny cages and their bile is drained daily by a painful procedure in the name of ignorance, superstition, and profit. This cruelty is justified as a medicinal treatment. "The bile is extracted in an excruciatingly painful process which involves slicing into the animal's flesh and "milking" the substance with a tube." Protest letters can be sent to Chinese Embassies throughout the world: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/asia.htm
Mark Carter (Marine Concern, Oban) is two weeks into a hunger strike to highlight the fact that it is quite legal to shoot and kill lactating mother seals in the UK. Mark hopes to continue with his protest until 31st August, the end of the common seal pupping season.
Please contact your Westminster MP (details here: http://www.writetothem.com/) and ask that s/he does all in their power to ensure that the Marine Bill for England and Wales, which has its second reading in the Westminster Parliament next Tuesday, June 23rd, includes a total ban on the killing of healthy seals.
Another petition here to stop shooting seals http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/stopsealshooting
10 days left before the petition to save Blaikiewell Animal Sanctuary closes! 2057 signatures so far, please add yours! Sign here http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/22833.html
Glenrath farms had proposed to build a further shed to house around 35000 birds, in Stobo Valley. As a result of public opposition and plain good sense, the Council denied permission for these massive sheds to be built. The owner (John Campbell) is now appealing to the Government to overturn the decision. Please write to the Council and the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals asking them to stay firm on their decision! Email address for DEPA DPEA@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and the council firstname.lastname@example.org Pleas make sure you include the reference number Ref; 08/00256/FUL when sending your letter.
An update on the proposed EU Directive governing animal experimentation. The draft Directive has already passed from the European Commission to the Parliament and the member states are now offering their views. The Home Office has launched a public consultation which you can complete here http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-2009-animals-research/cons-2009-animals-research?view=Binary
Animal Aid have selected some key questions and offered background and proposed responses for each. See their answers hwre http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_experiments//2145// and fill it out here http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-2009-animals-research/
To the animals we pledge, we hear your cries and we are coming,
See you tomorrow,
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