Animal Aid
Animal Aid logo
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977)
FounderJean Pink
TypeAnimal rights
FocusVivisection, animal farming and slaughter, animal rights, shooting, veganism, horse racing, and wildlife culls. Promotes cruelty-free living.
Location
Area served
 United Kingdom
MethodCampaigning, cruelty-free fairs, undercover investigations
Websitewww.animalaid.org.uk

Animal Aid is a British animal rights organisation, founded in 1977 by Jean Pink.[1] The group campaigns peacefully against the consumption of animals as food and against animal cruelty such as their use for medical research—and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. It also investigates and exposes animal abuse.

Animal Aid conducts undercover investigations,[2] produces campaign reports, leaflets and fact files, as well as educational videos and other resources. They also offer a quarterly magazine and a sales catalogue with vegan and cruelty-free products.

Aims and objectives

Animal Aid was founded in January 1977 to work, by all peaceful means, for an end to animal cruelty. The organization is a not-for-profit limited company run by a volunteer council of management. It has not applied to be a charity so that it is able to use its funds for sometimes controversial campaigns. Its aims are:

Celebrity supporters

Animal Aid's current patrons are Peter Egan, Sara Pascoe, Carol Royle, Peter Tatchell and Wendy Turner Webster.[4] It has other celebrity supporters, including Chris Packham, Deborah Meaden,[5] Thom Yorke, Stella McCartney, Richard Wilson, Massive Attack, Alexei Sayle, Benjamin Zephaniah,[6] Martin Shaw, Chrissie Hynde,[7] Alan Davies and the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey. Patrons and supporters now deceased have included Watership Down author Richard Adams,[8] Tony Benn[9] and comedian Spike Milligan.[10][citation needed]

Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek, the primatologist, has supported the Animal Aid campaign against primate experiments, stating: "I have yet to hear a sufficiently compelling scientific argument that justifies the suffering inflicted on primates in medical research."[11]

BBC TV Springwatch's Michaela Strachan presented Animal Aid's Animal Kind series of short curriculum-based educational films.[12]

Campaigns

Animal Aid campaigns[13] include:

Christmas Fayre

Animal Aid's Christmas Festival is held every year, early in December, in London, England, to promote a cruelty-free lifestyle.

There are goods for sale including fair trade crafts and jewellery, cruelty-free cosmetics, recycled goods, environmentally friendly clothing, non-leather boots and shoes and seasonal cards and gifts. There is a lecture programme throughout the day, plus a wide variety of vegan food. It is promoted as a family event.

There is also an annual South West Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre held in Exeter, England.

See also

References

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