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Welcome to The Animal Interfaith Alliance

Our mission is to create a united voice for animals from all of the world’s faiths and spiritual beliefs, based on their founders’ teachings, to bring about the humane treatment of animals:
Making the world a better place for animals by promoting the compassionate treatment of them, and
Making the world a better place for humans by promoting interfaith co-operation on an issue all faiths have in common.

Interfaith Week 2016

 This week The Animal Interfaith Alliance celebrated the fact that all faiths share The Golden Rule – to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself – and that those ‘others’ include all sentient beings.
Sunday 13th November – Sunday 20th November.



ASWA Animals in War Memorial Service 2016

AIA member organisations remember the animals who gave their lives in war at the ASWA memorial service for animals at the Park Lane Animals in War Memorial at 3.00pm on Sunday 13th November. 
They had no choice.

AIA Member Organisations (in alphabetical order) :

Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals
Bhagvatinandji Education and Health Trust
Catholic Concern for Animals
Christian Vegetarian Association UK
Christian Vegetarian Association US
Dharma Voices for Animals UK
Institute of Jainology
Islamic Concern
Jewish Vegetarian Society UK
Mahavir Trust
Oshwal Association of the UK
Quaker Concern for Animals
Sadhu Vaswani Centre
Veerayatan: Compassion in Action
Young Jains
If you would like your organisation to become a member of the Alliance please complete the Membership Form

Stronger Together

AIA is a unique alliance of organisations which represent all the major faiths. Not only is it the only organisation to speak out on the moral treatment of animals by drawing on the combined wisdom of all the faiths, but it also promotes social harmony by bringing the faith groups together on an issue that they all share a concern for. Such cooperation between the faiths is what politicians are encouraging and, as such, they are listening to AIA.
Therefore AIA is in a uniquely strong position to campaign for animals.


‘Love is not love if it does not include love of animals.  What kind of compassion is it which adores human life, but ignores the slaughter of animals?’ – Satish Kumar (AIA President)

Animal Spirit Magazine 

Read AIA’s magazine Animal Spirit and those of its supporter groups here

 Cooler Eating Campaign

Cooler Eating Logo

In the wake of the Paris Conference on Climate Change, the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA) is launching its Cooler Eating campaign to raise awareness of the effects of meat-eating on global warming. AIA is encouraging people to embrace a plant-based diet which is less harmful to the climate, the environment, human health, the billions of factory-farmed and slaughtered animals around the world and which also helps to tackle world hunger. Read more here

13th Interfaith Celebration for Animals,

img_1224The 13th Interfaith Celebration for Animals, sponsored by The Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA), The World Congress of Faiths and Quaker Concern for Animals was held at Golders Green Unitarians, on 22nd October 2016 at 3.00pm. The service was led by Rev. Feargus O’Connor, MA, Chair of AIA and Secretary of The World Congress of Faiths and the guest speakers were Rev. Prof. Martin Henig (AIA and ASWA) and Barbara Gardner (AIA and CCA).  The service also featured organist: Mary Craine, pianist: Georgina Drewe, soprano: Caroline Hunter and harpist: Marilene Berryman, with the participation of representatives of various world faiths.  For full details click here

Animals and the Buddha

A film by Dharma Voices for Animals

AIA’s Barbara Gardner talks to Safe & Sound Radio 

Barbara Gardner

Barbara Gardner talks to Sandra Kyle and Lynley Tulloch of Safe & Sound Radio about the faith’s teachings on the compassionate treatment of animals.  Subjects include ‘do animals have souls?’, ‘do animals have rights?’, veganism and new insights from Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, Laudato Si’.  Listen to the podcast here:
Part 1 – 26th Sept 2016
Part 2 – 3rd Oct 2016
Visit and please ‘like’ Safe & Sound’s Facebook page here:


The Sanctity of Life & the Ethics of Diet

Multifaith Celebration 2016

by The Gandhi Foundation & The Animal Interfaith Alliance

AIA is most grateful to Thom Bonneville of The Animal Interfaith Alliance and Graham Davey of The Gandhi Foundation for organising this wonderful multifaith event, held on Saturday 30th January 2016.  For further information click here

Books on Animals in the Faith Traditions

Visit AIA’s exciting collection of books on Animals in the Faith Traditions and buy them from Amazonclick here

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‘It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion towards our fellow creatures.’ – Mahatma Gandhi



The Animal Interfaith Alliance is a registered not-for-profit company number: 8958588. Registered company address: 31 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London, NW11 8BS.
© Animal Interfaith Alliance 2016

5 thoughts on “

  1. I was brought up in a farming community, where cattle and sheep, chickens, salmon and trout are bred for wool, milk, eggs and food. If they were not physically ‘bred’ and looked after and fead during the harsh winter months (by the farmers) there would not be any: farmers give them life. Farming is the community since before the bronze age. We are omnivores from birth and veganism is a religious privelege for those who do not need protein to do manual work. Like it or love it, differance is.


    • Veganism is not a religious privilege. Plant based food is an excellent source of protein. Many top athletes are vegan. Farmers include those who farm cereal, fruit & veg and are not limited to livestock farmers, so without livestock there will still be plenty of farmers. These animals lived long before man came to ‘farm’ them and they survived, if not they would already be extinct. We should plant more forests which would provide animals with their natural, wild habitat, prevent flooding and absorb more CO2 to prevent global warming.

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    • Animals do not make protein they get it from plants. Therefore eating animals is not required for protein, it may be obtained in plentiful supply directly from the plants themselves.
      It is a myth that we need to eat animals.
      Animals are feeling, thinking sentient beings who wish to live just as we do.


  2. Veganism seems to be the most refined practice that mankind has to follow. We cannot spread it by forceful imposition, but by proper education. Mundakopanishad says Satyameva Jayate – “Truth alone triumphs” and Lord Krishna in his Bhagavad Gita says Adveshta Sarva Bhoothanaam – Non Hatred For All The Beings” as the first and foremost quality of his True Devotee. The Truth is “as you sow, so you reap”. By atrocious killing of other fellow voiceless creatures, one cannot lead a purposeful, peaceful or sane life. The awareness about fundamentals advantage of virtuous living must be created. Let the genuine takers see the magic happen in their lives.

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