37th Annual Vegan Lunch in Croydon

Croydon Christmas Dinner

The Indian community in Croydon held their 37th annual a Vegan lunch on Sunday 17th December, organised by AIA patron, Nitin Mehta MBE.

The event was started to promote friendship with their Christian friends, to introduce them to the delights of Indian food and to convey the message that the Indian community is proud to be British. 

Nitin Mehta said, ‘If all Indian organisations held similar events the impact would be amazing’.

The leader of Croydon Council Tony Newman said, ‘This event signifies all that is positive about Croydon’.

Around 120 people enjoyed a feast.  The menu was:

Starters: Samosa and Patra,
Main course: Hot Rotis, Potato, Aubrigine Sabji, Salad, Dahl and Rice, followed by vegan cake, tea and coffee.

Members of 7th Day Aventist Church who also promote vegetarianism sang carols.  For 37 years this event has continued!  

AIA Welcomes Michael Gove’s New Animal Welfare Initiatives


The Animal Interfaith Alliance welcomes Michael Gove’s new animal welfare initiatives for reflecting animal sentiency in UK domestic law, stronger sentencing for animal cruelty, mandatory CCTV in slaughter houses, the banning of ivory and the protection of the marine environment and wildlife from plastic microbeads.  

We welcome the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentiency) Bill that was laid before Parliament on 12th December 2017.

Further information can be found here

We hope that he will also ban live exports.

ARC Unite Faith Investors to Invest Ethically

Interfaith Investments

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) has brought faith investors together to promote ethical investment.

LEADERS of eight world religions, representing more than $3 trillion in assets, met in Zug, Switzerland, during the 500th-anniversary celebrations of the Reformation this week to “radically shift” the agenda of ethical investment.
The three-day meeting between faith leaders, financial investors, and UN representatives, was hosted by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) which was founded in 1995 to help faith groups to create environmental and conservation projects.
Its secretary general, Martin Palmers, a Reader in the Church of England and one of the keynote speakers at the meeting, said that, while the UN Sustainable Development Goals were an inspiring vision, “they cannot be achieved by government tax money alone, or by charity donations. They can only be achieved by investment in environmental and sustainable development projects and financial products.”
Religious institutional funds make up about $10 trillion of all invested funds, and make up at least the fourth largest investment group worldwide, the UN has estimated. A further $30 trillion is owned by members of the world faiths, both individuals and family foundations.
Rather than focus on how disinvestment from fossil fuels can help to alleviate climate change and protect the environment, representatives of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Shinto traditions resolved to invest positively in environmental and sustainable companies and projects.
This intention was set out in the Zug Guidelines on Faith-Consistent Investment, released on Tuesday, 500 years after Martin Luther was thought to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany. It asks: “What do you do with wealth to make a better planet?”
Mr Palmer said on Tuesday: “We hoped that some of the faith groups would respond and give us an indication of where the vast wealth of the faiths might be invested to fund a better world. We have been staggered both by the commitments made here in the Zug guidelines, and by the response of, for example, the UN and the Vatican.
“They want to go much further, and we want to do that in companionship with the major faiths of the world. This is not just a shift to do with finance: it is the next stage in the rise of civil society — and especially religions — as the driving force to make a better world.”
The UN Assistant Secretary-General, UN Environment Programme, Elliott Harris, was one of the guest speakers. The governments which committed to the sustainable development goals must be held to account, he said. “But we realise that this agenda is far too complicated to leave up to the governments. They cannot do it alone.”
The president of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson, agreed. “We seek to respond to two cries: the cry of the poor and the cry of creation. We invite social-impact investment to help us to respond to those two cries.
“Good profit produces wealth not only for those who invest, but also for those who depend on it: all those whose lives are affected by the industry or by the business. Therefore, we talk not simply about shareholders but more about stakeholders.”
The guidelines were presented in Zug Casino (named after its history as a hospital for sick soldiers, not for any connection with gambling) after a banner procession through the medieval streets of Zug from the RC St Oswald-Kirche.
Mr Palmer concluded on Wednesday: “What excites people is the prospect of being stronger together than apart; what worries people is that they will lose some of their independence. We will now be finding a way in which we can manage both the hopes and the fears, but the main thing is that the faiths are now at the table with the major players — not just on investment, but on sustainability, the environment, on civil society.”

Recognition of Animal ‘Sentience’ must continue post Brexit


On Wednesday night, MPs narrowly voted against enshrining the recognition of animals as sentient beings in British law after Brexit. The vote on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was lost by a mere 18 votes.

This follows the failure of the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to act on a promise to protect the legal recognition of sentience. And it takes the UK another step closer to losing this vital cornerstone of animal welfare law. The UK successfully fought for animals to be recognised as sentient beings in the EU, but is now on the verge of dumping this obligation.

The CIWF petition to Michael Gove, calling for him to recognise animals as sentient beings post-Brexit, has been signed by over 99,000 people. If you haven’t already done so, please help us get over 100,000 signatures today by signing and sharing today.

Please sign it here

AIA Appalled at Trump’s lifting of Elephant Trophy Ban

Elephant shooting

AIA is appalled at Donald Trump’s lifting of the ban  to import ivory and other trophies into the US. 

Please sign the Avaaz petition here

Sign the petition to President Trump, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and conservation authorities around the world:
“Elephants are facing extinction and this is no time to strip them of protection. Trophy hunting drives the slaughter of elephants, increases demand for their body parts, and projects a double standard that makes it harder to tackle ivory poaching. We call on you to do all you can to reverse the US decision to allow the import of elephant trophies, before it is too late.”

More information:

This is sickening — Trump’s just given the greenlight for bloodthirsty American hunters to murder elephants  in Africa and bring their heads home as trophies.

Trump’s own son shot and mutilated an elephant — and now he’s changed the law so anyone can join the slaughter and bring home elephant body parts as souvenirs, even as ivory poaching threatens to wipe them out.

Let’s a build a massive global outcry to shame the US into dropping this disgusting plan, and when its huge, Avaaz will work with key African countries to deliver it at a major wildlife protection meeting days away.