Saturday 10 December is International Animal Rights Day, and to mark this, everyone is invited to come, free of charge, to Bristol’s first Cruelty-Free Festive Fair at Broadmead Baptist Church Hall (entrance on Union Street, around the corner from Tesco).
There will be vegan cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, face-painting, nutritional advice, talks about animal rights, live music, films for all ages, and two halls full of vegan friendly stalls with ecological and unique gifts. All visitors will take away a free Vegan Beginner Guide, including vegan recipes, details of vegan friendly shops, local restaurants and cafes. There will also be inexpensive goodies, and freebies up for grabs during the day and a vegan café area with a range of scrumptious lunches, puddings and cakes!
The aim of International Animal Rights Day is to promote a public debate about the treatment of animals and achieve international recognition for their basic rights to be protected from abuse. 10 December was chosen to highlight the connection between human and animal rights as it is also the anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration in 1948.
One of the organisers, David, explains, “International Animal Rights Day has been publicly endorsed by hundreds of animal rights and welfare groups across the UK and all over the world – as well as renowned poet Benjamin Zephaniah, actress and broadcaster Joanna Lumley, civil rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC, and actress Hayley Mills, amongst other UK celebrities. We hope that this event will be a positive way to reinforce the message that animals are not ours to use, wear or consume”.
This event is being organised by Bristol Animal Rights Collective, and is sponsored by Animal Aid and The Vegan Society and runs from 11am – 5pm.
A full timetable can be viewed at www.bristolanimalrights.org.uk