The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973



Canterbury Dean Speaks Out

Letter to the Agriculture Minister Gillian Shephard from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral:

'We wish to add our voices to the growing protest against the export of live animals from Britain for slaughter in other European countries.

It is obvious that such long journeys must impose unnecessary stress and suffering on these creatures. It is also obvious that such transportation is not adequately policed and must expose animals to abuse.

In the current European negotiations, we would urge you to put humane considerations first, and seek, at least, to persuade your colleagues in the community to impose a maximum eight hour duration on such journeys throughout Europe.

Surely, in a country which prides itself on a humane attitude to animals, we should not be prepared to prolong the suffering involved in their slaughter for commercial considerations.'

The Very Rev J.A. Simpson, Dean of Canterbury
The Rev Canon J. de Sausmarez
The Venerable M.S. Till, Archdeacon of Canterbury
The Rev Canon P.G.C. Brett

Published in the Summer/Autumn '94 edition of Agscene - journal of Compassion In World Farming. Reproduced with Thanks.

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