Urgent Request for Signatures for Asian Elephant Petition

Our friends at STAE, fighting hard to curb the awful abuse of Asian elephants in tourism, so much of it generated in the UK market, have two important petitions afoot, on change.org at: http://bit.ly/STAEpetition demanding new UK law to ban such adverts and sales, and to allow ads for genuine sanctuaries only (which has nearly 1 million signatures of support).

Also a Parliamentary petition at https://bit.ly/ParliamentaryPetition. On this latter one STAE is striving to get 600 more signatures in just 5 days to reach 10,000 signatures, which is the threshold needed to obtain a formal response from Govt. That petition closes on 27 Sept.

Please can we ask you to sign and share these petitions immediately, thanks so much. AIA.

Shambhu’s – for all your Compassionate Catering Needs

Shambhu’s award-winning ethically-conscious catering service provides wholesome food at a wide range of events and needs:

  • Conferences, AGMs, etc
  • Special occasions
  • Business seminars
  • Company or departmental functions
  • Yoga & meditation workshops
  • Home get-togethers / parties
  • Home delivery, including the option of individually packed portions e.g. for home-freezer storage
  • and so on…

Further information at their website

Help the RSPCA Protect the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Standards

Time is running out to protect the UK’s farm animal welfare. Please sign the RSPCA’s petition to call on the UK Government to legally guarantee, as part of the Agriculture Bill, that imports produced to lower animal welfare standards than our own will not enter the UK.

Say no to imports farmed to lower animal welfare standards than our own

Most news coverage has focused on the imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef cattle, but what’s of most concern is the farming systems these animals are raised in.

Countries such as the US, who we could be trading with in the future, have lower welfare systems that are banned in the UK, such as barren battery cages for hens and sow stalls for pigs which severely compromise animal welfare.

Cheaper imports risk UK farmers being undercut

It’s vital that the UK government safeguards our animal welfare standards in future trade deals, we cannot risk lower welfare, cheaper-to-produce products entering the UK market.

This could mean a race to the bottom for animal welfare and undercutting farmers in the UK at a time when we should be striving for properly funded, higher animal welfare practices which go beyond legal requirements.

And, it’s not just about the USA, many other countries we’ll be negotiating with will have lower standards than the UK too.

Imports the UK is at risk of accepting

The RSPCA’s new video highlights the stark realities of lower farm animal welfare.

Invitation to Online OneJAIN Festival

UK Jains launch historic Payushan and Das Lakshan with global programme – Saturday 15th August 2020 at 09.45am UK time

The 32 UK Jain Organisations, who are united under the ‘OneJAIN’ banner, are to launch this year’s Paryushan and Das Lakshan 2020 programme with an online Zoom/Youtube event featuring major political leaders, prominent Jain saints, and other faith leaders from the Vatican and India.

This year, for the first time in living memory, COVID19 has ensured that Paryushan and Das Lakshan will be celebrated online via Zoom. In order to ensure that Jains at home receive the maximum possible opportunity to participate in religious and spiritual activities, OneJAIN is coordinating the Zoom events of all Jain organisations to create a unified Jain calendar of events. 

To launch this year’s Paryushan and Das Lakshan programme with blessings and good wishes from political and religious leaders, OneJAIN has organised a programme on 15th August at 9.45 am UK time. 

Please circulate this event widely to your members, relatives, friends and colleagues. The event link is at http://www.jainology.org/onejain-paryushan-daslakshan-2020/

For more details please see;

(i). Details on the Paryushan and Das Lakshan

http://www.jainpedia.org/themes/practices/festivals/paryusan.html

(ii). Details on the Institute of Jainology and OneJAIN

Best wishes

Nemu Chandaria OBE

Chair – Board of Directors

Institute of Jainology

Coordinator: OneJAIN

AIA Joins STAE in Calling on the UK Govt to Ban the Promotion of Cruel Asian Elephant Tourist Attractions

The Animal Interfaith Alliance, an alliance of 17 faith-based animal welfare organisations, representing all the world’s major faiths, fully supports STAE in urgently calling on the UK government to legislate to ban UK tour companies from promoting the brutally cruel Asian elephant tourist resorts and attractions.

The horrific practices to break baby elephants’ spirits and subject them to a lifetime of torture is totally unacceptable, as is the tourist industry’s failure to self-regulate itself, and must be banned right now.

Our endangered Asian elephants are a most precious part of Creation whom we should honour and protect – in practice and in law.

Further information on the brutal treatment of Asian elephants for the tourist trade and on STAE’s remarkable work can be found here: https://stae.org/

Stunning Now Accepted by Some Turkish Halal Butchers

AIA is pleased that stunning is now considered to be acceptable for Halal meat by some butchers and religious leaders in Turkey and that the suffering of some animals will therefore be reduced. We are very grateful to the animal rights campaigners in Turkey who demonstrated that stunning is acceptable in Islamic law and we hope that many others will follow their example.

Further information can be found in this Guardian report.

AIA believes in a peaceful, vegan world where we respect all animals and treat them with love and compassion. We honour the Creation by treating all its creatures with love and kindness. However, we acknowledge and are very grateful for the work being done here to reduce the suffering of animals.

View Dr Andre Menache’s Webinar – What lessons Can Be Learned from the Corona Virus Pandemic?

AIA were honoured to host a most informative webinar presented by Dr Andre Menache on the Corona Virus Pandemic which examines its causes and effects with particular focus on why animal research will not serve us well in finding a swift and effective vaccine for this virus and why the pandemic should force us to look to 21st century alternatives to testing methods.

The webinar was introduced by AIA’s President Dr Richard Ryder.

Dr Andre Menache BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS is AIA’s European Representative and Scientific Advisor and a Patron.  He is a veterinarian who advises extensively on animal welfare matters.  Dr Menache is Scientific Consultant to (and former director of) Antidote Europe, based in France.

He has been President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine (UK) and General Manager of The Federation of Animal Protection Societies in Israel.  He is a patron of Quaker Concern for Animals and provides scientific support to several grass roots organisations.


Dr Menache has also written the following articles on this topic:

Corona Virus and Animal Testing

https://animal-interfaith-alliance.com/2020/04/04/corona-virus-and-animal-testing-by-dr-andre-menache/

Which is More Dangerous: Wildlife Markets or Animal Research?

https://animal-interfaith-alliance.com/2020/05/29/which-is-more-dangerous-wildlife-markets-or-animal-research-by-dr-andre-menache/

We are Delighted at Scotland’s Decision to End Mountain Hare Killings

We are delighted that the Animals and Welfare (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill has been voted on to become law and includes an end to the mass killing of mountain hares in Scotland.

AIA has been campaigning against the killing of mountain hares in Scotland for many years.

We would like to thank Alison Johnstone MSP who brought an amendment to the Bill to make the mountain hares a protected species and to the other campaign organisations, such as Onekind, who have worked tirelessly on this issue.

The iconic mountain hare is a native species in Scotland but is shot in the tens of thousands each year, including in the Cairngorms National Park, for sport by hunting parties and for management by the grouse shooting industry.

Other issues covered by the Bill include:

  • removing the two main seal shooting licences used by fish farms which will end seal shooting;
  • the use of electric shock collars must now be reviewed by the Scottish Government; and
  • vicarious liability to offences involving traps and snares has been extended (but we would like to see a full ban).

We would like to thank all the MSPs who brought amendments to the Bill to improve animal welfare.