Stop Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare killing animals for food
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"My own view, and that of every decent minded person, is that no animal should be caused to suffer at all for any reason." Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins, MBE, founder of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare.
Currently the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, an animal sanctuary in Ringmer, East Sussex, serves meat, dairy, egg and fish in its café. Since Raystede is also an educational centre, inviting families and school parties to learn from them how to be compassionate towards animals, serving animal products in their café is sending a confusing message, one which is very detrimental to the cause.
Visitors look to Raystede for an example of how best to be kind to animals. If they see that Raystede condones animal farming they will not be likely to question it themselves and millions of animals will continue to be bred for the butcher's knife at the sanctuary supporters' bidding. If Raystede served only plant-based food in its café then it would send a clear and consistent message:
“There is no need for animal protein in the human diet and therefore eating it is done only for pleasure. Animals suffer horrifically for the meat, fish, dairy and egg industries and since hurting animals for pleasure goes against everything Raystede stands for, it will not serve animal products in its café.”
Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins MBE, who set up Raystede as a charity in 1952, truly did care about all animals and strove to end their exploitation in every area. By serving meat, fish, eggs and dairy in their cafe, those in control of Raystede now are flouting her principles and undoing the pioneering educational work she dedicated her life to. She wrote in one of her self-published books (Sensible Pets and Silly People): "I cannot understand the attitude of so many people who say it is wrong to take life and yet themselves probably take a number of lives for their own food during every week of their existence. I feel it is quite illogical to take the line that it is wrong to take life and yet at the same time eat for breakfast a rasher of bacon, for lunch a piece of cow, and just a little cold lamb for supper! ... Too many poems and psalms eulogising skipping lambs seem to be in juxtaposition to the readiness with which the meat-eater enjoys a morsel of mutton seasoned with mint sauce!"
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