All Welcome to QCA’s Inter-Species Meeting for Worship

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Quaker Concern for Animals are organising an exciting event in collaboration with the Retreat Animal Sanctuary in Kent on Sunday 21st October. We will be having a silent Meeting for Worship in the sanctuary alongside its animal residents. The aim of this project is to encourage thought and reflection about the role that non-human animals can play in our spiritual and ethical communities.

Further details here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inter-species-meeting-for-worship-tickets-51284429108

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First Interfaith Celebration for Animals in Manchester

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The first interfaith service for animals in Manchester was held at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester on Sunday 30th September, based on the original interfaith celebrations for animals started by Rev. Feargus O’Connor at Golders Green Unitarians in London.

Representatives from eight of the major world faiths spoke about their religion’s teachings on animals. It was amazing: the speakers (in order of speaking) were Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Unitarian, Sikh, Quaker, Jain and Buddhist, and yet the message was basically the same – treat animals (and of course all beings) with kindness and compassion.

The main speaker, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), gave an inspirational talk about the work of IFAW, in particular in Africa where the organisation is devoting its efforts to the fight against the elephant poachers. IFAW have also established sanctuaries to raise the young elephants rendered motherless by these poachers.

Afterwards everyone tucked into vegan refreshments, sponsored by local and national organisations. One young visitor was heard saying gleefully, I didn’t realise that vegan food could taste so good!

The event was deemed a great success, many of those attending saying how wonderful it was to get together with people of other faiths, all having similar beliefs and all working towards the eradication of cruelty and the promotion of compassion.

(Sonia Waddell)

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 https://www.nonhumanrights.org/