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SPIKE MILLIGAN - Animal Aid mourns death of patron
Posted 27 February 2002
The following statement is issued today by Animal Aid:
Spike was an Animal Aid patron from soon after our inception in 1977. The news of his death comes as a heavy blow.
He was no mere figurehead patron but active in his advocacy for animal rights. Not once did he reject our requests for his help - whether it be a pungent and invariably quirky quote for the media to support one of our campaigns; or attendance at one of our public events. He gave poetry readings for us, donated signed memorabilia for our Christmas auction and lots more.
He was a passionate, fundamentally serious man whose experience of the carnage of the Second World War helped inform his views about how we should engage, not just with each other, but with all sentient creatures. He was a vegetarian and committed to extending the circle of compassion to all living beings. He was particularly outraged by the treatment of animals in factory farms and in vivisection labs. The inexorable pressure on animals in the wild also distressed him. His response was always creative and unpredictable. We will miss him very much and send condolences to his family and friends.
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