LETTERSFrom Ms L. A. Rashley, Ventnor:
THE Compassion in World Farming IW group is part of a national organisation which was founded in 1967 by a British farmer, who became horrified by the development of modern intensive factory farming.
Today, we campaign peacefully to end all cruel farming practices. Endless campaigning has led to the EU recognising animals as sentient beings. Over the years we have fought against animal export, barren battery cages, narrow veal crates and sow stalls.
Our work in the food industry is already benefiting millions of farm animals but there are still many challenges we still have to face, on this Island, in this country, throughout Europe and the world.
The IW group has reformed and is holding a competition for a name, which we will be recognised as locally.
To enter, send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our PO box, which will be detailed in our Christmas fayre advertisement (CP, 20-11-09).
The winner will be announced at the fayre at Charter House, St Thomas’s Square, Newport, Saturday, November 28, 10am to 2pm.
This year we are holding it with the IW branch of the Battery Hen Welfare Trust.
Entries can also be submitted on the day and the prize is a hamper which has been donated by Godshill Organics.
We hope to raise awareness by attending IW events, bringing our work into schools and organising street collections, as fundraising is also an important part of what we do.
Our vision is to make this Island cage free, by persuading organisations, large and small, to use free-range eggs. In the past few years we have campaigned outside Tesco to protest against its sales of battery farmed eggs, but unfortunately it continues to do so.
We hope that in our work we can educate the public so they are aware of what unnecessary suffering goes on behind closed doors, so they can make a conscious decision on what they put in their shopping basket.
In what we do, we hope we can make a difference, however small, to make the lives of farm animals better and more bearable in any way we can.