The Fellowship of Life
From the March/April 1986 edition of Outrage! with thanks to Animal
The Christian Consultative Council for the Welfare of Animals held a
debate at Westminster at the end of January. 240 people packed out the
The first speaker was the Reverend Edward Carpenter who stated that
'many Christians are becoming concerned and active as cruelty is seen to
be becoming institutionalised'.
Ruth Harrison spoke about factory farming, arguing that 'we have
permitted technology to win over our moral conscience'.
The Bishop of Salisbury spoke with great compassion and quoted
Genesis which speaks of a golden age when man lived in harmony with all
creation. He saw this as a vision to be worked towards for the future.
Lord Soper made specific reference to the fur trade, calling it a
'dirty capitalist business'. He hoped that the Royal family would stop
Richard Ryder stressed the inadequacies of the new legislation on
vivisection. He criticised Lord Houghton and Clive Hollands for their
support of the Bill, which, he claimed, had led to a number of people
resigning from the Committee for the Reform of Animal Experimentation,
including himself. He emphasised that the new Bill is 'empty of
Clive Hollands met with some criticism from the audience for stating
that his world was the world of politics. He believed that the animal
rights movement had been unrealistic in the past and repeated his oft
quoted support for the new legislation.
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