ASWA World Animal Day Services

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The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals

All Welcome! 

ASWA Annual Service 2016 Sunday 2nd October at 9.30am at The Church of St Cross, Winchester. Eucharist. Preacher – ASWA President – The Rev. Dominic Walker OGS.

ASWA Animal Blessing Service – Sunday 2nd October at 3.00pm at St Andrews Church, Jarrom Street, Leicester.  Interfaith family service with pets welcome.  There will be refreshments afterwards and stalls for animal welfare charities.

Safe & Sound Radio interviews AIA’s Barbara Gardner on Faiths and Animals

Barbara GardnerAIA’s 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’.

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QCA Launch ‘Journeys of Compassion’

journeyscoverQuaker Concern for Animals (QCA) celebrates 125 years in 2016 with the launch of their new book, Journeys of Compassion on World Animal Day on 4th October, in Friends House bookshop in London.  Journeys of Compassion is a beautifully illustrated 74-page compendium of the Quaker witness to the world’s non-human animals.  Other animal related books will be on sale too.

QCA members will be on hand to meet with visitors and the wonderful folks at Friends House Restaurant and Café will feature meat-free menus all day.

QCA thanks Naturewatch for their work and for making World Animal Day possible

World’s Unluckiest Elephant Finally Walks Free


Wildlife SOS helps rescue elephant that was abused and shackled for over 50 years!

In what was one of the most dangerous and emotionally charged rescue operations of the decade, an elephant that was shackled for over 50 years and continuously abused by his captors was finally rescued by Wildlife SOS after a persistent effort of over two years to win him freedom.

The 55 year old elephant named ‘Mohan’ was poached from the wild as a calf, separated from his herd and his family. He was tied up and beaten to break his spirit ( a practice that renders an elephant trainable) after which he was sold off to be used as a begging elephant. He spent the majority of his time in the villages near Lucknow, where he walked the streets begging for money or begging outside temples or hired out to be used for wedding ceremonies. The severe scars and puncture wounds on his body and his emaciated condition confirm the extensive torture and neglect he has endured over the years.

Wildlife SOS has been trying to rescue this suffering elephant since July 2014 when they had rescued ‘Raju’ another elephant who had suffered for decades. Raju elephant cried for joy when he was rescued. Both elephants Raju and Mohan had suffered endlessly for over a century in combined years. And for a few of those years, they languished side by side, only a trunk’s length away from one another. Eventually Raju was moved to a different city separating the two elephants. The fact that they were chained together at a trunk’s length away from one another makes them brothers in pain and each was the other’s only witness to the suffering and brutality they endured.

Repeated attempts by law enforcement, forest department, Police and Wildlife SOS to rescue the elephant were met with hostile and violent local mobs, as well as more than 20 disheartening delays in court proceedings. Mohan earned the title of “unluckiest elephant in the world.”

Then, in early September a sympathetic Bench at the Lucknow High Court took note of Mohan’s deteriorating health condition and the years of unimaginable cruelty meted out to him by his owners and finally issued directive that the elephant be shifted forthwith to the Elephant Care Center in Mathura run by Wildlife SOS where he could be provided long term medical treatment and life time care as the specialised treatment required by the elephant was available here. After suffering for over 50 years, Mohan elephant has finally arrived at his new home, the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura in an elephant ambulance.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder Wildlife SOS, said, “We appreciate the compassionate approach of the Lucknow High Court Bench who recognized the deteriorating condition of the elephant and issued necessary remedial orders to ensure his safety. The Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura has necessary facilities and a dedicated team of veterinarians and elephant care staff who can provide this elephant the care that he deserves. In addition to veterinary care, Mohan will also have the freedom to roam free in a large spacious enclosure and be fed healthy and nutritious fodder, fruit and vegetables and also have other elephants to socialise with to ensure his overall physical and psychological recovery in his new home.

Dr. Yaduraj Khadpekar, Elephant Veterinarian of Wildlife SOS, said, “The elephant is severely emaciated due to severe malnutrition and neglect. The digestive system has been severely compromised by worm infestation. His body is covered in wounds and his liver functioning is severely affected. With access to proper diagnostic and treatment equipment along with water baths, pools for hydrotherapy and a staff of full time veterinarians that are already charting out a diet and treatment plan for Mohan, we are hopeful for his speedy recovery.

Geeta Seshamani, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, “It is with immense joy that we welcome Mohan to the Elephant Care Center. His freedom has been a long-time coming, and we are so grateful to everyone who stood strong through this long and often disheartening and dangerous fight for his freedom. This day really validates all the hard work that went in to his rescue, and we hope it sets a much-needed precedent for other captive elephants in India that animal abuse will not be tolerated.”

AIA Calls for Review of Animal Rights in Legislation at Lib Dem Lawyers Meeting

liberal-democrat-lawyers-association-logoAIA has called for the Liberal Democrats to undertake a review of animal rights in legislation.

On 17th – 20th September 2016, the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association held their Rights-Liberties-Justice (RLJ) meetings at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton.  One of the meetings was entitled ‘Animal Welfare – Animal Rights. Time for A Review?’ and examined how the Animal Welfare Act 2006 had performed and whether animals should have rights.  Guest speakers included Liberal Democrats Dr Richard Ryder, leader of the animal rights movement in Oxford in the 1960s, and Gavin Grant, former Chief Executive of the RSPCA.  The event was organised by Graham Colley, Chair of RLJ.

Barbara Gardner of the Animal Interfaith Alliance attended the debate and asked whether there could be a review of how to include the rights of animals in legislation.  She said that it was time to stop tinkering around with animals’ welfare when their rights were being abused.  For example, we should not be considering laws concerning the welfare of animals during long distance transport when they should not be  being treated as freight at all. 

It was agreed that the RLJ group would take forward a review of how animal rights could be incorporated into future legislation.