I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this petition really deserves your attention.Edward Burbank has been trying for over a year now to get a response from Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare about their incongruous decision to serve meat, fish, eggs and dairy in their animal sanctuary’s cafe, and he has heard absolutely nothing from them. This is very rude of course, and ordinarily one would assume that, being a charity dependent on the support of the public, they would reply promptly to any enquiry or comment received.  Therefore, not engaging in a discussion on this particular subject must be a policy decision.  They refuse to get into it because they know they haven’t got a leg to stand on and, in their experience, if you ignore vegan complainers they’ll go away.  Eventually.  Which is why we absolutely must not go away!!!

Well respected animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA and Raystede do so much harm when they don’t speak out against animal farming.  If they send out the message that nice people can still eat meat, fish, eggs and dairy, that it’s not cruel to do so, then their many well-meaning followers will not question it.  These well-meaning followers consider themselves devoted animal lovers and they look to organisations like Raystede to show them the way.  If  Raystede does not give a clear, unequivocal message that animal farming of all kinds (whether for puppies, meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wool, leather, fur, feathers, offal, …) is hideously cruel and as wrong as beating a kitten, they are ensuring that it never ends.  They are ensuring that their many many followers keep making the unwarranted distinction between farm animals and pet animals, and will keep paying into the brutal slavery, torture and execution of innocent, feeling, beautiful animals.

Raystede’s founder – Mabel Raymonde-Hawkins – knew this, which is why she made it clear that she cared for ALL animals, whether they were wild, farmed, incarcerated in zoos, or kept as pets, she made no distinction.  She wrote in her book: “My own view, and that of every decent minded person, is that no animal should be caused to suffer at all for any reason.”  She couldn’t have made it any clearer.  Raystede still uses her phrase – that they care for ALL animals – on the sign outside the sanctuary and on their website:

But tragically they have become just like every other animal welfare organisation that thinks of different animals differently – some being worthy of compassion, some not.

Poor Miss Raymonde-Hawkins must be turning in her grave.  They never had meat on site in her day.  They would be disgusted by anyone who brought a meat sandwich in with them to work.  She wrote in her book about the silly hypocrisy of people who considered themselves animal lovers and yet were still personally responsible for the deaths of several every week for their meals.

So who made the decision to betray her legacy?  And what right had they to do that?  If you check out the petition’s update you can see listed the names and addresses of Raystede’s president (who personally knew Miss Raymonde-Hawkins by the way) and all the trustees. Please write to them – or choose one of them to repeatedly write to, and ask them why they continue to order the brutal murder of living, breathing, feeling animals to feed their cafe’s customers, and how they can reconcile that with their mission to care for ALL animals, and their founder’s lifelong commitment to educate the public, to try to make them understand that animals are not property and should not be used and abused for profit.

Get everyone you know to sign that petition and share it as widely as possible- and write some letters!!!