Sir - Last May, thousands of people attended a mass rally in
London's Trafalgar Square to demonstrate their opposition to the
government White Paper, Scientific Procedures On Living Animals CMND
883 (May 1983).
These people protested because they realised that if such
procedures should be legalised the plight of animals used for
laboratory experiments would worsen - if that can be imagined.
Later I was very surprised by the fact that the protest against
the White Paper was not mentioned in the Catholic Press.
Ironically the animal issue did receive some notice from the
author of the Dear Anne column wherein was stated;
"If we have not been notable for setting up Catholic Donkey
Sanctuaries or Catholics Against Circus Animals, it is not because
we lack compassion, but because there are more urgent calls on our
Bishop Agnellus Andrew's recent exhortation to work for a charter
for the defence and protection of the animal world was noted in the
October 12 issue of The Universe.
(Miss) Philomena Hughes