Invitation to AIA’s Interfaith Celebration for Animals and AGM

You are invited to:

ANIMAL INTERFAITH ALLIANCE

NOTICE OF AGM

GOLDERS GREEEN UNITARIAN CHURCH

Sunday 12th July 2015

AIA Logo Green

3.00pm            Interfaith Celebration for Animals All Welcome

Keynote speech – Animal Welfare in the Pope’s New Encyclical on the Environment by Dr Deborah Jones (Vice President of AIA and Vice Chair of Catholic Concern for Animals)

4.15pm            Tea and Snacks – All Welcome

5.00pm            1st AGM opens – AIA Members Only

5.00pm            Introduction from the Chair, Rev. Feargus O’Connor

5.15pm            Secretary and Treasurer’s Report, Barbara Gardner

5.25pm            Approval of the Annual Report & Accounts

5.30pm            Close of AGM

Please advise whether you will be attending the AGM by contacting Barbara Gardner at Barbgard.aia@gmail.com.

Address: Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London, NW11 8BS. Accessible via the Northern Line – the nearest tube station is Golders Green.

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Shambhu’s Exotic BBQ Delights

Exotic bbq delights

Award-winning vegan caterers, Shambhu’s, are running an exciting cookery class on Saturday 30th May in London. So hurry and grab your place now before it’s too late!
(Click on the links below to access detailed information about the classes, and to book your place online)

Sunday 30th May, 2pm to 4.30pm
Vegan cookery class for adults:
Exotic barbecue delights (London).

As we head into a glorious summer, Shambhu’s chef, Nishma Shah, will teach some exotic plant-based dishes particularly suitable for a barbecue, yet simple to prepare.

Advance booking required; class size limited to 12.  Further details: www.shambhus.co.uk/cookery

Talk on Animal Welfare, Human Health, Environment & Compassion – Sunday 31st May

Andre Menache

Young Jains have arranged  for Andre Menache, an exciting guest speaker from the Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA) to talk about ‘The link between animal welfare, human health and saving the environment’ in Colindale, North London.

AIA’s vision is, ‘A peaceful world where people of all faiths, and all those who believe in a compassionate world, work together to treat all animals with respect and compassion.’

Born in Belgium, qualified vet Andre has been an active campaigner for the past 30 years, mainly in South Africa, Israel and the UK.  He has held various posts, including that of President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine (UK) and General Manager of the Federation of Animal Protection Societies in Israel. Today he provides scientific support to several grass roots organisations, in addition to his official position as Director of Antidote Europe, based in France.

Venue: Jain Centre, 6-8 Colindale Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4DR

Date & time: Sunday 31st May, 10.30 – 12.30pm

To register for this free event, please contact amit@youngjains.org.uk

AIA to stand up against Repeal of ‘The Hunting Act’ and Badger Culls

Fox Hunters

With the Conservatives returned as a majority government, Britain now faces the prospect of a vote in parliament to repeal The Hunting Act, which was included in the Conservative manifesto.

Although 80% of the public and 70% of Conservative supporters support The Hunting Act, there could now be a majority of MPs in Parliament who would vote for repeal.

AIA will be supporting Blue Fox in fighting against a repeal of the Act and also in fighting against further badger culls, which are cruel and unscientific.

Lorraine Platt, founder of Blue Fox and Blue Badger said: ‘We have the same amount of anti hunting Tory MPs as last time but we are deprived of many anti-hunt Labour and Libdem MPs who massively lost their seats.  It is paramount that everyone tells their MPs, especially Conservative MPs, to support the ban and say no to repeal.  This is vital as we must secure new Tory MPs to support the ban.  It would be very helpful if people could write to the new Tory and 8 elected Libdem MPs.  There is little time to waste as we suspect a free vote may be offered soon before we can engage support from the new MPs on this issue.  We also want MPs to oppose the roll out of the badger cull as it is unscientific and inhumane’.

In March of this year Green MP Caroline Lucas called for the law to be strengthened and extended to other cruel sports.

Please write to MPs to support the ban and oppose the badger cull roll out.  Many MPs judge the importance an issue by the size of their mailbox.