Interfaith Celebration for Animals 2018

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The 2018 Interfaith Celebration for Animals, organised by AIA Chair Rev. Feargus O’Connor, was held on 14th July at Golders Green Unitarians. The guest speakers included Jain animal welfare campaigner, Nitin Mehta MBE, Hindu science officer for Animal Free Research UK, Dr Alpesh Patel and Debbie Catt of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. ֍

From left to right: Dr Alpesh Patel, Ajit Singh MBE, Rev. Feargus O’Connor, Debbie Catt, Nitin Mehta MBE, Charanjit Singh. 

AIA Speaks at the Summer Academy in Animal Law, Berlin

Richard 1On Saturday 26th July 2018, AIA spoke to lawyers, veterinarians, philosophers and animal rights activists at the Summer Academy in Animal Law at the Technical University in Berlin.

The event was organised by lawyer, Julius Berrien and speakers included animal rights lawyer Steve Wise, AIA CE Barbara Gardner and ethicist and AIA patron Dr Richard Ryder.  Barbara spoke about ‘Animal Advocacy by the Interfaith Movement‘, Richard spoke about ‘Speciesism and Painism‘ (both terms coined by him) and Steve spoke about his amazing work in taking out habeas corpus writs against the keepers of apes, elephants and dolphins, in order to grant them recognition in law as ‘persons’ rather than ‘things’, as well as trying to secure their freedom.  For more information about Steve’s work visit

Quaker Concern for Animals (QCA) announces new partnership with Greyhound Compassion.


AIA Member Organisation Quaker Concern for Animals (QCA) announced this week a new partnership with the wonderful folks, two-legged and four-legged, at Greyhound Compassion.



GREYHOUND COMPASSON WRITES: “We are really honoured to have the support of QCA on two initiatives which will help our charitable objectives.

“Magic (pictured above), a rescued racer from Nottingham track, was adopted by one of the Greyhound Compassion Trustees a couple of years ago.  Now he’s a firm favourite on a different circuit – spreading the word about the plight of racing greyhounds and fund-raising for those less fortunate than him.

“Magic’s next set of diary engagements will now embrace his new role for QCA – he is to be an official ‘Ambassador’ for greyhounds at Greyhound Compassion’s events and QCA will report on his activities and contribute to Greyhound Compassion’s charitable projects where possible. These include funds towards subsistence, vet care and kennel maintenance for greyhounds and galgos at Greyhound Rescue (Lincolnshire), Protectora y Santuario Scooby and Limerick Animal Welfare.

“The second aspect of our relationship with QCA is about support for a special galgo called Brisa. Brisa was rescued earlier this year as part of a pack of hunting dogs held by one man and rented out to hunters on their boar hunting excursions. Protectora y Santuario Scooby rescued all of the 36 dogs from unprecedented circumstances of neglect and animal abuse. The dogs were malnourished and on the verge of death, all were covered in fleas and ticks and several have tick borne diseases. Brisa is an older lady from the pack and is now living at Scooby. Although Brisa has made progress, she does have Ehrlichiosis and this needs regular treatment with antibiotics (doxycyclilne). Brisa is very sweet, quiet and patient and the relief she feels to be comfortable, safe and secure is immense. QCA is going to sponsor Brisa and contribute to the costs of her care.”

You can read GC’s announcement in full at

QCA WRITES: Our members have supported GC and Scooby for several years, so we are really pleased to be forming this new partnership Particular thanks goes to our member Jo Hill for helping us realise this project. Jo writes ” I became involved in Greyhound Compassion after hearing about the amazing work they were doing in Spain. I decided to see the shelter for myself, but I was rather apprehensive because I thought I would find it upsetting, as there were so many dogs and cats there without a home. However, I was relieved to find that it is actually a place of great hope and happiness! For example, I have memories of dogs who had been temporarily separated from their friends looking overjoyed when they found them again and running and playing together. On one occasion a truck full of starving dogs arrived so we put food out for them, thinking they would be ravenous, but they ignored the food and licked our fingers instead because they were so happy to be out of the hellhole they had come from. They instinctively knew they were in a safe place.”

You can read Jo’s full account on QCA’s website: