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

Valerie Grace-Jones

Valerie Grace-Jones

I have always felt and cared deeply for the welfare of all animals. In the 1970s I was a council member of the RSPCA auxiliary branch, and became involved with the campaign to stop the export of live food animals. During this period, I read a book entitled Victims of Science by Richard Ryder. I knew little about the secret world of laboratories. When I read about the true horrors, I knew I had to join an organisation campaigning against the use of animals in research.

It was Animal Aid I joined, back in those early years when Jean Pink was still the Director.

For many years I have been the contact for Clwyd Animal Aid and I believe that Animal Aid has become one of the UK’s most respected animal rights organisations.

One of the things that has made the greatest impact upon me is the organisation’s network of school speakers, whose task is to raise awareness of issues such as vivisection, factory farming and other aspects of animal abuse. It is vital that we win the hearts and minds of young people. Sadly, animal rights was not an issue when I was in school. Clwyd Animal Aid holds fundraising/publicity stalls, and the money raised is donated to the education campaign.

The media seems preoccupied only with highlighting the more aggressive and militant side of the animal rights movement. During my tenure as a contact for Animal Aid, I have found many people have a great deal of sympathy with our objectives, and one of the reasons is because we are a strictly non-violent organisation.