Animal Aid

Peter Tatchell is New Animal Aid Patron

Posted 16 December 2008

We are delighted to announce that Peter Tatchell, renowned campaigner for human rights, democracy and global justice, has become a patron of Animal Aid. Peter gained international attention for his attempted citizen’s arrest, in 1999 and 2001, of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, on charges of torture and other human rights abuses. But he has been a courageous and dynamic frontline political activist since 1967, when he launched campaigns in support of the indigenous Aboriginal population of his native Australia, including advocacy for land rights and scholarship schemes.

Although best known for his campaigning for gay rights, he was, for 22 years, a member of the Labour Party. His selection as Labour parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in South East London was a prelude to a campaign described as one of the dirtiest and most violent in modern political history – with Peter’s homosexuality and his left wing views sparking physical assaults, death threats and hostile graffiti daubed throughout the constituency. He has since written and broadcast widely on a range of contemporary themes – expressing opposition to the Iraq war, Islamic fundamentalist dictatorships and Western Imperialism, and support for civil liberties, environmental protection, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and, increasingly, animal rights.

In 1990, Peter was a co-founder of OutRage, the direct action campaign group that fights for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2004, he became a member of the Green Party and in 2007 was selected as the Party’s parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.

Peter has three times given a talk at Animal Aid’s Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre. Among the animal-related issues he has written and lectured on are vivisection, zoos and circuses that use animals. He remains committed to the Gandhian principle of non-violence.

He said in a statement this week:

‘I am delighted and honoured to become a patron of Animal Aid, and to support its inspiring, ground-breaking work in defence of animal welfare and rights. Cruelty is barbarism, whether it is inflicted on humans or on other species. The campaigns for animal rights and human rights share the same fundamental aim: a world without suffering, based on compassion and care. Animal Aid is in the forefront of this battle for a kinder, gentler world. I salute its noble goals and its honourable campaigns.’

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