The Fellowship of Life
From the March/April 1984 edition of Outrage! with
thanks to Animal Aid:
At 4.00 pm on 18 December about 150 Animal Aid members gathered at
York Railway Station, holding candles and banners and moved off to
demonstrate outside York Minster.
The aim of the peaceful demonstration was to awaken the established
Church to the plight of animals, particularly at Christmas. The Dean of
the Minster had already been quoted in a local paper as being very angry
that he had not been consulted, but that he supposed it was alright for
us to demonstrate if we really thought we had anything to demonstrate
about. A cassocked figure, presumably the Dean, swept past us
indignantly at the end of the service.
The Archbishop of York had been approached and asked to receive a
small deputation. Quite conveniently, he was not going to be available
on that day, and no alternative date was suggested.
Local publicity was good. We managed, with the numbers present to
surround the two public sides of the Minster with candlelight, and the
effect was eye catching.
After the main demonstration, many groups went off to repeat the
theme at other local churches in York, and for the Bradford group this
proved to be the one ray of hope of the day. We had been intending to
leaflet at the church of St. Michael Le Belfry, but we found that they
had arranged with the Minister to hold their Carol Service in the
Minster itself. About 1,500 people turned up to the service and most
were in favour of what we were doing. We were assured that the Minister
would be interested in our aims, and we were invited into the service,
which a small group attended. We intend to follow this up.
Thank you to all who attended and stood their ground on a
particularly windy corner of York. Let us hope it gave at least a few
people food for thought.
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