Animal Aid


Posted 22 November 2001

Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, Kensington Town Hall
Sunday 2 December 2001, 10am - 5pm

The thought of Christmas shopping fills most people with trepidation, but Animal Aid has the perfect solution.

Our Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre and Auction provides, under one roof, all that's needed for a perfect animal-friendly Christmas, including special treats donated by 'Victor Meldrew' and a host of other celebrities.

The Fayre features more than 50 animal charities and ethical traders, and allows visitors to indulge in guilt-free Christmas shopping, with no animal products in sight. A highlight of the day is the Celebrity Auction and among the famous names who have contributed, is Victor Meldrew himself, alias Richard Wilson, who has given us a signed One Foot in the Grave script. Another star item is a football, donated by Manchester United, and signed by many of their star players, including David Beckham. Also contributing are Tony Benn, Phil Collins, Alan Davies, Dame Judi Dench, Chrissie Hynde, Gary Lineker, Joanna Lumley, Stella McCartney, Dannii Minogue, Frank Skinner, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more.

Also taking part this year is Dr. Ray Greek, the world renowned expert on animals as models for humans, who will be giving two lectures, and signing copies of his book Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: the human cost of experiments on animals.

Included among the exhibitors are Animals Asia Foundation, Born Free, Compassion in World Farming, Ethical Wares, Honesty Cosmetics, Orang-utan Foundation, Oxfam, Vegetarian Shoes, VIVA!, and anti-vivisection groups BUAV, Dr Hadwen Trust, NAVS and Uncaged, as well as Animal Aid themselves.

Says Fayre organiser Mary Shephard "Our Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre offers people the perfect opportunity to enjoy their Christmas shopping, safe in the knowledge that all items are animal-friendly and that their money will go directly to those groups and traders who are trying to make a positive difference in the world."

Notes to Editors

  • Also see our Christmas Without Cruelty page.
  • Entrance: £1 (free for children under 11).
  • More information from Mary Shephard on 01732 364 546.
  • We have an ISDN line for Broadcast-quality interviews.

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