Pan-Orthodox Concern for Animals joins the Animal Interfaith Alliance


We are delighted to announce that Pan-Orthodox Concern for Animals has joined the Animal Interfaith Alliance.

Their mission is the advancement of Christian respect and responsibility for the animal creation with special reference to Eastern Orthodox teachings – ancient and modern, in order to reduce the suffering of animals.

Full details about Pan-Orthodox Concern for Animals can be found on their website at


Brexit Manifesto by the Animal Protection Community released

Brexit Best Deal 2

A manifesto, produced by animal protection groups brought together by Wildlife and Countryside Link and the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-Law) called Brexit: Getting the Best Deal for Animals has just been released and the Animal Interfaith Alliance have signed up to it.  It’s objective is to present to the UK government a manifesto for designing animal welfare legislation following the UK’s departure from the EU after Brexit.

       Whilst taking no position on the merits of Britain’s departure from the EU, signatories to this manifesto believe that Brexit presents many opportunities to improve animal welfare, both in the UK and overseas. It also recognises that Brexit carries risks of erosion of hard-won animal welfare standards enshrined into EU law. The document provides a summary of the current EU and international animal protection measures that the organisations believe should be maintained in UK law and also the improvements that could be made.
        The document has sections on wild animals, animals in agriculture, companion animals and animals used in research, as well as a section on EU legislation as part of UK law, before and after Brexit. Some of the key issues covered include – refining CAP policy to reward farmers for high animal welfare and environmental standards instead of the size of their land, ending live exports, banning the fur trade, mandatory labelling of meat and dairy products relating to farming method and slaughter practice, closing loopholes in the Pet Travel Scheme that allow the cruel trade in poorly bred puppies from Central and Eastern Europe and much more.
           To read the full document go to:

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.