This is a group to bring together people in the Worth Valley and Keighley area, who care about animals, the environment, and health, to share ideas and information, to support others in adopting a vegan lifestyle and to campaign to end all animal cruelty.
My plan in forming this group is to be able to put forward information to members of the public about the connection between food and lifestyle choices, and animal cruelty, environmental damage, and health. This has become even more urgent since the coronavirus pandemic. Although believed to have been started by the ill treatment of animals in a wet market in China, many people are not aware of the links with industrial animal farming, where animals kept in filthy and cramped conditions have become a breeding ground for deadly diseases, including swine and avian flu, meaning the next pandemic could be just around the corner. The only way to prevent this is for large numbers of people to stop eating meat.
Members of the group or anyone who wishes to join is welcome to share ideas for how to spread this message, whether that is by street campaigning, writing to MPs, newspapers, or linking with other likeminded groups, all ideas appreciated
If anyone wishes to contact me for more information please email Anne Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their Facebook group.
Sometimes birds, rats, mice and other animals move into our homes uninvited. Moles, grey squirrels and foxes may change our gardens and outdoor spaces. It can be quite easy to deter some of these visitors. Animal Aid has a list of advice sheets for humane ways to deter wildlife from our homes. They also have a report Alternatives to Culling with further information.
On Saturday 25th January, Cube of Truth came to Hebden Bridge for the first time. Cube of Truth is a form of street activism devised by Anonymous for the Voiceless in Australia and now takes place all over the world.
The Hebden Bridge event was organised by Anonymous for the Voiceless Bradford. I didn’t count how many people came but I reckon around 25, many more, I’m told, than usually join Cube of Truth events. It seemed a lot of people were very keen to bring their message to Hebden Bridge. One reason was the opportunity to reach visitors as well as residents.
It was a very interesting day and many conversations were held with people who had viewed the footage from the film “Dominion” shown on the screens held in the Cube.
Cube of Truth events are conducted according to a very specific set of guidelines to ensure that passers by who are engaged with receive a consistent vegan message. People new to the Cube are welcome to shadow more experienced members of the group as they talk to people. Everyone is welcome to have a stint standing in the Cube, although this is not compulsory. It is interesting to view what is happening from behind a mask!
Afterwards we repaired to the lovely vegan cafe Sacred Space for delicious food and warmth! You can see a brief video of this tiny cafe packed with activists on their Facebook page.
The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; they attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach.
We have now received an enforcement notice demanding we remove the pig shelter (stable), gates and access road – Making it impossible to look after the pigs and ensure their welfare.
After moving our 6 rescued pigs from a very un-suitable exposed field, for which we were charged an extortionate rent, we could not believe how lucky we were when we bought nine and a half acres of ancient, overgrown, un-managed woodland at an auction. …
A five week online course to learn about animal behaviour and welfare needs starts today online, provided by the University of Edinburgh. It looks really interesting to all who want to know more about animals. There’s some specific modules about pet animals’ and farmed animals’ welfare needs. No particular time commitment is required, and it’s FREE! You can find the course here.
Supporting and inspiring a lifestyle free of animal-derived products