Maltese Spring Hunting Season Closed Early

LACS1News just in from Chris Fegan, AIA Political Education & Campaigns Director, about the Maltese Spring Hunt.

“I am delighted to tell you that the Maltese PM has today closed the Spring Hunting Season after a shot bird fell into a school playground.  The hunting season was nearly over but it shows clear political intent.

The Spring season is now closed a few days early, so many birds will live that would otherwise have died. Recent action by the Maltese Govt has shown strong political leadership by the Maltese PM following the Referendum result and, allied with the heavy sentences handed out by the courts in the last couple of weeks, has at least shown the hunters that they will be hit hard for illegal breaches of the Hunting season.

The big fight is now on to try and target the planned autumn hunting season and Catholic Concern for Animals and the Animal Interfaith Alliance will work with LACS to try andstop that from taking place.”

Emergency Animal Rescue – Nepal

Nepal Emergency Rescue

The earthquake’s devastation was instant and both humans and animals are suffering and need our help.  AIA is recommending that anyone wishing to help the animals of Nepal support IFAW’s or HSI’s Disaster Emergency Funds.  Teams from IFAW-WTI and HSI will work with local partners to feed and provide medical care for animals.  To help to support IFAW please click here …  To help support HSI please click here …

Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund reaches £20,000

Albert SchweitzerThe AIA is delighted to announce that the Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund has reached a target of £20,000.

The Animal Interfaith Alliance launched the Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund appeal to commemorate 50 years since the death of Dr Albert Schweitzer.  It is based on the Universal Kinship Fund originally launched in 2006 by AIA Chair, Rev. Feargus O’Connor with the Dr Hadwen Trust to raise funds to promote non-animal research. In 2013 Feargus was honoured with the ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ award by the Dr Hadwen Trust for his unique fundraising achievements at his interfaith celebrations for animals events which bring together members of different faiths who share a love of animals.

Feargus said, ‘We see the vital work of the Dr Hadwen Trust as worthy of all our support because its mission is to save human and animal lives’.

If you would like to make a donation to the Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund please send a cheque payable to ‘Dr Hadwen Trust’ to

The Dr Hadwen Trust, Suite 8, Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1DJ,

marked ‘for the AIA’s Dr Schweitzer Universal Kinship Fund’.

‘Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace.’ – Dr Albert Schweitzer

Kay, Duchess of Hamilton becomes a new AIA Patron

Kay Duchess of Hamilton

AIA is delighted to welcome Kay, Duchess of Hamilton, as a new patron.

Kay, Duchess of Hamilton, is also patron of Scotland for Animals and has a long record of campaigning for animal welfare with her late husband Angus, 15th Duke of Hamilton, the premier peer of Scotland.  In particular, they campaigned against pate de fois gras, snaring, cruel abattoirs and bloodsports.  Once, when asked why he had banned pheasant shooting on his estates, the Duke (an ex RAF pilot) replied, “Have you ever been shot at while flying? Well, I have, and I can tell you it’s not much damned fun!”

The Christian Vegetarian Association becomes a new member of AIA

CVAUK LogoThe AIA is delighted to welcome the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA), including the Christian Vegetarian Association of the UK (CVAUK) as a new member organisation.  CVA has done a tremendous amount to promote the Christian teachings on the compassionate treatment of animals into mainstream Christian and non-Christian society and AIA are, therefore, honoured to include them as members.

AIA Director, Chris Fegan is interviewed by Bill Oddie

AIA Political Education & Campaigns Director, Chris Fegan (who is also the general secretary of AIA’s member organisation, Catholic Concern for Animals) was interviewed by Bill Oddie when he travelled to Malta with him and members of the League Against Cruel Sports for the referendum on banning Malta’s Spring Hunting.  Each year thousands of migrating birds are shot by hunters when they migrate over Malta on their annual migrating routes.  Both CCA and The League have been campaigning to ban this appalling ‘sport’ and enough signatures were raised on a petition to require a referendum.  Sadly the referendum for a ban was lost by 51% to 49%.

Unitarians Vote to Promote Humane Research Charities using Non-Animal Research

_ukunitarians_At the 2015 Unitarian General Assembly Annual Meeting, held in April 2015, AIA Chair, Rev Feargus O’Connor, proposed a motion encouraging humane medical research which did not involve animal testing.  AIA is delighted that the motion was overwhelmingly approved.

The motion, which had been signed by 37 Unitarian ministers read:

That this General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, recognising the universal kinship of all sentient beings affirmed by the world’s  great religions, philosophers and sages, encourages fellow Unitarians and all people of goodwill to support the Universal Kinship Fund of the Dr Hadwen Trust and other humane research charities in order to advance non-animal medical research and in so doing help save human and animal lives.’

For further details read here …

AIA Very Disappointed in Vote to Continue the Shooting of Migrating Birds in Malta

LACS1On 12th April a referendum was held in Malta to decide on whether to ban the Spring Hunt, in which thousands of migrating birds are shot by hunters each year as they pass through Malta on their annual migrations.  Chris Fegan, AIA’s Political Education & Campaigns Director and also general secretary of AIA member organisation, Catholic Concern for Animals, attended the referendum in Malta, along with staff from the League Against Cruel Sports and their patron, Bill Oddie.  The League and CCA have been campaigning to ban this ‘sport’ and had raised enough signatures on a petition in Malta to require a referendum.

Tragically the vote to ban the killing was lost by 51% to 49%.

AIA strongly opposes the hunting of these beautiful migrating birds and is extremely disappointed in the result of the referendum.  We will continue to support Catholic Concern for Animals and The League in opposing this cruel, pointless and barbaric activity.

CIWF Ambassador, Joyce D’Silva becomes a new AIA Patron

thumb_joyceThe AIA is delighted to announce that Joyce D’Silva is to become a new patron.   Joyce has worked for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) since 1985 and was its Chief Executive from 1991-2005, after which she became its Ambassador.  During this time CIWF was responsible for effecting a considerable amount of legislation, both in the UK and the EU, which improved the lives of billions of farm animals.  She has written the vegan cookery book Healthy Eating for the New Age and co-edited The Meat Crisis: Developing Sustainable Production and Consumption.  She has recently overseen CIWF’s publication of Farmageddon by Philip Lymberry with Isabel Oakshott.