Animal Aid : 30 years of campaigning for cruelty-free living

Ann Harriman

Ann Harriman

To be in at the start of a great new movement for change is an exhilarating experience. There is a roller coaster of emotions. Shock, horror, despair, relief as you meet others who feel similarly, satisfaction when the media exposes some of the horrors (in those days they were much more sympathetic!) and joy when the public respond by demanding cruelty-free and veggie products. Things we take for granted now were fought for long and hard.

One of the most frightening things I did was to play the part of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a parody sketch that took place in front of thousands of demonstrators at a rally in Trafalgar Square.

I always felt we had to get young people behind us because the future fate of animals is literally in their hands. So it was inevitable that I would start to give school talks – voluntarily at first and eventually as a member of Animal Aid’s staff. I also now help to train speakers. I’m so grateful and privileged to have been able to share my knowledge and convictions with others.

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