The Fellowship of Life
'Animal rights campaigners in Northampton have hit out at local
vicars for "burying their heads in the sand" over vivisection and
The attack on the Church of England followed a meeting between
members of Northampton's Animal Aid and local churches to discuss the
abuse of animals.
An Animal Aid spokesman, Miss June Barrett, said there was an
"abysmal" turnout of representatives of the Church of England. Only one
vicar had arrived. "We are of the opinion that they are a defender of
the Establishment rather than of the weak and defenceless as they should
be." she said.
The meeting, held at Abingdon Church Rooms, Park Avenue North,
Northampton, attracted 34 people, representing four churches, out of a
79-strong invitation list.
"The majority of invitations went to the Church of England," she
said. "Four people had the courtesy to write to me and say they could
not attend and to wish me well, but the rest ignored it.
"The thing that really did hit you most was the general apathy of the
clergy and the lack of interest in the subject, which we feel they must
face up to."
Northampton Chronicle and Echo
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