COMPASSIONATE DORSET MAKE A STAND IN DORCHESTER TO STOP LIVE TRANSPORT!
It's been a long time since we posted any news here but we can assure you Compassionate Dorset continue to be active at events in and around Dorchester! We're also working on a brand new website and our new GOOD FOOD GUIDE and about to launch our latest charity Christmas cards, so watch this space! In the meantime here's a taster of what we have been up to recently...
Volunteers from Compassionate Dorset took to the streets of Dorchester, South Street, on Saturday 16th September (2017) to raise awareness for the campaign to Stop Live Transport.
Following the Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day on 13th September in London and in cities worldwide, groups across the globe are continuing to build awareness and demonstrate global opposition to the abhorrent trade in, and long distance transport of, live animals.
Acting as the local voluntary supporter group for the leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming (one of the organisations behind the campaign), several enthusiastic volunteers ranging from all ages, spoke to hundreds of interested and concerned local people, many of whom took away free stickers and information about how to support the charity's work to end live exports and factory farming.
Over 99 million live cattle, sheep and pigs are transported thousands of kilometres each year worldwide to be killed for the meat industry, many from the UK and EU. Most of these animals suffer from overcrowding, exhaustion, dehydration, pain, stress and disease. Those who manage to survive the long and terrifying journey often face terrible abuse, and an inhumane slaughter in countries with very poor, if any, animal welfare laws.
Sandra Hood, Co-founder of Compassionate Dorset, who are based in Dorchester but active across the county, says, "Having spoken to many local people while campaigning over the past 7 years, we haven't found one person who thinks that live animal exports are okay! Many people came up to us in the street on Saturday to find out more and ask how they could help to stop live animal transport."
Sandra adds, "Compassionate Dorset believe that all animals are sentient beings that deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. Transporting live animals as if they are mere cargo is not only cruel and inhumane, but completely unnecessary."
Moosive (!) thanks to all our fab volunteers - Sandra, Lisa, Sonja, Willow, Sheila, Len, Kirsten and Katy - who took to the streets of Dorchester to raise awareness to Stop Live Transport!
REMEMBERING SUE CHAMBERLAIN – A WARRIOR FOR OUR WILDLIFE
The last few months have been a deeply sad time for us here at Compassionate Dorset / The Compassion Collective. Our volunteer and supporter Sue Chamberlain, who was also the dedicated administrator to our friends at Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW), died earlier this year on 13th January 2016, just 2 months after we lost another amazing volunteer – Bonnie Christopher.
Many people were not aware that Sue had been ill for some time, because she did such an amazing job and with boundless energy to protect our badgers (and cows too!) here in Dorset and beyond...
KEEPING BONNIE’S “LAST WISH FOR SUFFERING DONKEYS” ALIVE
We are so deeply saddened that our friend and Compassionate Dorset volunteer Bonnie Christopher passed away on 16th November 2015, aged just 41, after a year long fight with cancer.
She went peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Our hearts go out to her family and many friends. While we continue to let them come to terms with their sorrow, they have asked us to continue to pull together to support and share her Last Wish for Suffering Donkeys campaign, for this is truly want Bonnie wanted.
THE BADGER CULL HAS COME TO DORSET - PLEASE SUPPORT THE DORSET BADGER PATROLS
Compassionate Dorset are deeply saddened that in the last week, despite massive on-going objections for the past 2 or more years from many different leading animal welfare groups, wildlife experts, scientific and veterinary advisors, as well as public protest from all corners of our society, the badger cull has now started here in Dorset this September.
Last week, top experts – Bateson, Krebs, Bourne and Munro – called on DEFRA to immediately end the inhumane and ineffective badger cull - read more here. But today and tonight, our badgers are currently in the firing line...
Are you appalled and saddened by this cruel and pointless cull? Would you like to help to protect Dorset’s badgers by walking peacefully through the cull zone on public footpaths and rights of way?
No experience necessary. Something to do for everyone. As well as evening patrols, daytime patrols are also needed. The aim is to help wounded badgers and to deter the shooters who will pack up if they see people about. To get involved the best thing to do is to go to the meet point and chat to other people there, who are all there to look out for badgers and for each other. The police are also there to keep the peace and have been very supportive. This is lawful and peaceful protest.
Please watch the fantastic short video below made by Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting which shows how people from all walks of life are rallying together to protect our wildlife on the badger patrols:
PLEASE REPORT ALL WILDLIFE CRIME – INCLUDING TO BADGERS
Everyone should be reminded that it is still ILLEGAL to kill or harm a badger EXCEPT in the appointed cull zone at appointed times as they are otherwise a protected species.
Sadly, some people see the cull as an excuse to kill badgers without the full permission. Incidents of blocking setts to slowly suffocate badgers has even been reported right here in Dorset.
Please report all wounded or dead badgers (or suspicious behaviour) to the Police Wildlife Crimeline on 101 OR IF THE INCIDENT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING call the emergency line on 999.
Photo copyright Colin Varndell
WHY COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORT DORSET FOR BADGER AND BOVINE WELFARE TO PEACEFULLY OPPOSE THE BADGER CULL
Compassionate Dorset believes that all animals are sentient beings that deserve respect and compassion.
The Badger Cull is Inhumane, Indiscriminate and Ineffective
We care about our Dorset farm animals and farmers, but we also care about our local wildlife. The trial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire were to test the effectiveness and humaneness of culling badgers by shooting at night. They proved that the inhumane method of killing can cause the badgers a tremendous amount of suffering with some badgers taking up to 5 minutes to die. This is not an acceptable death for any animal.
The vast majority of badgers slaughtered in the trial culls were perfectly healthy. Culling is completely indiscriminate. The most humane way to kill a badger at night is to humanely trap it first and then shoot, but if you are going to trap it why not test to see if has TB first and then vaccinate rather than kill? This is also believed to be a cheaper option than the cull.
Culling badgers is not the answer to eradicating bovine TB
(and could actually cause further devastation) - Vaccinate Instead!
Our understanding is that incidents of bovine TB have actually reduced over the last year in Dorset (which incidentally coincides with local badger vaccination schemes). Alarmingly, it has been shown that culling badgers could actually spread TB to otherwise healthy cattle when badgers start fleeing killzones – potentially including the cattle of the free range farmers that support Compassionate Dorset! This is a much more imminent threat.
Regular testing of cattle, combined with better movement controls of cattle and improved bio-security on farms have been shown to be the most effective way to stop the spread of bovine TB.
Farmers and landowners can also vaccinate badgers as a humane and effective alternative to culling - farmers in a cull zone are NOT legally obliged to join in the cull. For full details visit the website of the Dorset Badger Vaccination Project (DBVP).
Badger vaccination has shown to be a success in reducing bovine TB in cattle in Wales and Scotland where they have banned the badger cull.
A Moral Dilemma - Farm Animals v Wildlife?
We would also like to point out that many animals can carry TB, not just badgers. Disease in cattle, as with all farm animals, also transmits much more quickly from animal to animal when kept indoors so restricted cattle movements is not an argument to not have cows free range – cows belong in fields!
There are also arguments that the badger cull poses the moral question of whether it is acceptable to slaughter wildlife (especially as most will be healthy) in order to protect farm animals who are ultimately going to be sent to slaughter themselves for meat or when they are no longer of use to the dairy industry. As usual, the welfare of our animals seems to some to just come down to money and profit, and our animals are seen as expendable commodities, with no thought for the long term effects of our actions on our wildlife, countryside and future generations. Another way you can help is to only buy milk from 'badger friendly' farms, especially as it is primarily the dairy industry demanding the badger cull (and we would urge you to make sure it is organic too, as on the whole this can mean higher welfare conditions for the cows).
The badger cull also now seems so far removed from bovine TB control that it's got many people starting to ask what else could possibly be driving them. According to TB Free England, 60% of the land involved in Somerset and Gloucestershire are apparently devoid of cattle. We can only speculate what the other motives could be, but for now all we know is that it will certainly not help our farmers, and more common sense and longer terms steps must instead be made. We can only hope that the badger culls are called off as soon as possible to prevent further unnecessary suffering, to stop wasting so much money, and to avoid making the problem worse.
Compassionate Dorsetis a peaceful group made up of volunteers from our community, including meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans, whose main aim is to empower our fellow consumers to improve the lives of farm animals, simply through our food shopping choices - to help end factory farming. We believe that all animals have the right to a good life, to roam free as much as possible for their own well-being, and to a humane death - whether they are a farm animal, a wild animal, or a beloved pet. We hope the above helps to explain why we therefore also support Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare.
PLEASE NOTE: Compassionate Dorset are NOT a registered charity and are only affiliated to other charities as voluntary supporters. All views on this website are our own. No other group or charity is therefore accountable for the content of this website, or the actions of our group, and they may not necessarily share all our views on all animal welfare issues.
LIMITED EDITION DONKEY T-SHIRTS FOR BONNIE'S LAST WISH CAMPAIGN - ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 19TH AUGUST!
We are absolutely thrilled that in under 3 weeks through our t-shirt sales, we have raised over £1,000 to contribute to her campaign, and sold over 140 tees! And there’s still over 2 days to get yours and spread the love!!!
Strictly Limited Edition and only available at Fabrily.com until 19th August 2015
We’ve decided to sell these tees exclusively through an online site that has been specially created for people to promote t-shirts in aid of charities and where we make the most profit for charity – in fact we make around £7.50 profit for charity for every sale!
Drumroll please... our Bonnie Donkey t-shirt campaign has now ended and we sold an amazing 170 t-shirts and raised an incredible £1,237.31 in just 3 weeks for her Last Wish campaign in aid of the charity Animal Aid Unlimited. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has liked, shared and of course bought a t-shirt to support Bonnie's campaign.
Here is a message from Bonnie: "This morning, with thanks to all of you that have bought donkey tshirts, my fundraising total has smashed through the £15,000 target. This is an incredible achievement... If you have ordered a tshirt, they should be with you soon, but those outside of the UK will have to wait a bit longer I'm afraid. Thank you to everyone for your support, it means the world to me and will make the world of difference to many, many suffering donkeys. xxx"
BONNIE'S LAST WISH FOR SUFFERING DONKEYS
Compassionate Dorset have continued to be as busy as ever since the last time we updated our news here, having done several events over Christmas, and we are about to take part in our 4th event of 2015! We hope to keep our new blog more updated too so that is where you will find our major news and blogs, so please do head over to The Compassion Collective Blog.
But we want to share here, a very important campaign that is very close to our hearts...
Bonnie Christopher (pictured above) has been a volunteer for Compassionate Dorset for over 2 years and has become an extremely loved and important part of our team. 6 months ago, Bonnie was diagnosed with breast cancer, just two weeks before she was expecting to start her first job within donkey rescue and welfare education in Cyprus. In response to her shocking news, Bonnie has launched a campaign to help raise money for the working donkeys who she had already decided to dedicate the rest of her life to.
Look out for our new Donkey t-shirt coming in the next few weeks for the Summer, in aid of Bonnie's campaign. They will be 100% in aid of helping Animal Aid Unlimited to help improve the lives of working donkeys, and they will be limited edition - available for a short time only so don't miss out! Make sure you sign up to our e-newsletter to be notified as soon as they launch -sign up via our Home page.
NEWS:COMPASSIONATE DORSET LAUNCH NEW BLOG UNDER THE COMPASSION COLLECTIVE
We are extremely excited about the launch of a brand new website and Blog under our artistic arm of The Compassion Collective!
This is also the Blog for Compassionate Dorset news and special events including this month's Bake With Compassion, and all our shop and product news, so from now on all our news will be posted there instead. (It's mobile friendly too!)
NEWS:COMPASSIONATE DORSET TO SCREEN NEW CONTROVERSIAL ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY "COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET"
Following the success of our Moo Man Film Night last year, we are thrilled to be screening another thought-provoking farming / food / environmental film, once again on a cow theme (well, it will also be 'Moovember'!) and once again in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of West Stafford Village Hall where there will be a fully licensed bar with hot drinks and snacks including vegan-friendly cakes, our funky cow themed t-shirts, prints and accessories for sale, and another raffle with lots of fab prizes.
COMPETITION:WIN A FABULOUS BOOK THIS ORGANIC SEPTEMBER (UK ONLY)
Organic September launched by the Soil Association, is the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic!
So to celebrate, Compassionate Dorset are running a competition so all our lovely UK* subscribers have the chance to win a book from a choice of 3 different books - Babycakes Cookbook (all vegan and mostly gluten and sugar free recipes), Cooking from the farmers market (mostly vegetarian recipes using vegetables) or Keeping Chickens (with advice from the British Hen Welfare Trust - for a free range future).
The leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming recommend buying Soil Association Organic approved meat and dairy as this label currently offers the highest welfare standards for farm animals. Organic standards insist that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow - guaranteeing a truly free-range life. Buying organic vegetables is also healthier, better for the environment and better for wildlife.
Small Change, Big Difference
Last September the Soil Association asked the British public to make a small change and switch something on your shopping list to organic. The support you showed was overwhelming and sales increased by 9%! So this September they are asking you to once again make one small change and add something organic to your weekly shop. Small changes make a big difference and you can give crucial support to the wonderful organic companies trying to make our world a healthier place by choosing their products, and of course you can make a huge difference to improving the lives of billions of farm animals worldwide.
Our competition is open to all Compassionate Dorset mailing list (e-newsletter) subscribers based in the UK* so if you are not already on our mailing list, simply sign up on our Home page here.
Offer ends midnight (UK time) 30th September 2014 and the winner will be announced on 1st October (which will be the start of Bake With Compassion Month).
Congratulations to Lorraine Heron for winning last month's competition for free tickets to VegFest UK and to Jonathan Brim @wholesomeday on Twitter, who also won a pair of extra tickets they very kindly sent us!
COMPETITION: WIN 2 FREE TICKETS TO THE VEGFEST UK LONDON FROM COMPASSIONATE DORSET
We are very excited to be able to offer our lovely compassionate subscribers 2 tickets to the amazing VegfestUK London for Sunday 28th September at Olympia West Halls (which takes places all weekend Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th).
The event is a huge celebration of veggie and vegan lifestyles, with amazing food and drinks, excellent shopping from 200 stalls, plus superb entertainers, kids activities, and inspiration from talks, cookery demos, films and workshops, plus meet-and-greet sessions and book signings with a number of distinguished speakers.
Confirmed special guests include presenters Amanda Hamilton (GMTV) and Sarah-Jane Honeywell (CBeebies), athletes Brendan Brazier (Ironman triathlete), Patrik Baboumian (world's strongest man), Fiona Oakes (Antarctic Ice Marathon champion 2013) and Neil Robinson (ex-Everton FC), Ms Cupcake founder Melissa Morgan, comedian Andrew O'Neill and Carl Donnelly, and many more! Around 10,000 visitors are expected at this great show.
Many of our supporters have chosen to adopt a vegan lifestyle and all food and drink served is vegan so this really is a vegan paradise! We always encourage people to eat less meat to reduce the unsustainable demand and help end factory farming, so if you are a meat-eater but want to be inspired to eat less meat or to go vegetarian or vegan, this event will also be a great day out for you too (after all, you don't have to be vegan to enjoy vegan food)!
Our competition to win free tickets is open to all Compassionate Dorset email subscribers so if you are not already on our mailing list, simply sign up on our Home page here. Offer ends midnight (UK time) 31st August 2014.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JASMINE KILBURN-SMALL... ...our t-shirts selfies competition winner, who sent us this photo of herself wearing her 'Hipster Badger' t-shirt and chose a 'Badgers' print as her prize. Jasmine tells us that she was a bit red in the photo after running round the garden chasing her latest rescue hen, who we are pleased to hear is not only enjoying a free range life but is much more feathery now too.
PRESS: DORSET ECHO REPORTS ON COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTING WEST DORSET ANIMAL AID'S CAMPAIGN TO ASK DORSET RESTAURANTS TO DITCH FOIE GRAS
Compassionate Dorset contacted the Dorset Echo about the local campaign we are supporting, led by West Dorset Animal Aid, to ask Dorset restaurants to ditch foie gras, and we are very pleased that were very interested and supportive and published an article this month. We hope this gains extra exposure to the campaign and will put extra pressure on the handful of local restaurants who still choose to serve what is so often named 'torture in a tin'.
Compassion in World Farming shared great news earlier this month that India has banned the import of foie gras and we hope the UK will follow their example and finally ban its importation here too as it is already illegal to produce it because it is so inhumane.
To celebrate International T-Shirt Day this June we're launching a special competition and a special offer...
Send us your 'selfies' wearing your Compassionate T-shirts with pride for the chance to win an Original Art Print of your choice plus a Goody Bag! Cool, fun, cute, cheesy or inventive - we don't mind, we just want to see you in your tees (or even your toys or pets if they don't mind!) spreading the love to show that animals matter!
The deadline to send or share your photos has been extended to
midnight (UK time) Thursday 31st July 2014.
If you haven't got a Compassionate tee yet then you can take advantage of our special offer to get
15% off all short sleeve tops at Spreadshirt until 10th June (use the voucher code MYSHIRT2014) or enjoy FREE Delivery on 20th & 21st June (use voucher code T-DAY2014) including our NEW 'FREE RANGE' and '100% ORGANIC' 80s Frankie style statement tees!
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTER PAUL FAIRMAN COMPETING IN THE LONDON TRIATHLON FOR COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING ON SUNDAY 1ST JUNE
Our amazing vegan supporter Paul Fairman from Bournemouth is fundraising again for Compassionate Dorset and Compassion in World Farming in the London Triathlon on SundayJune 1st 2014.
Paul says: "I have been trying to get a place in this event for the past few years without success but this year I got in via the public ballot. I will be competing in the Olympic distance. Starting with a 1.5K swim in the Serpentine, then a 40K bike ride around Hyde Park and finishing with a 10K run. I have chosen to raise money for Compassion In World Farming because I am a big supporter of their campaign to reduce the suffering of farm animals. I think the work they undertake is outstanding and I want to help in any way I can. Their cause is very close to my heart. It is also a good opportunity to show that living on a vegan diet, like I do, is incredibly healthy!"
(Paul is pictured above with Monty! Paul says: "We took him on when he was 11, he was a house cat living with an elderly lady who sadly died. He now happily shares our home with our 2 new kittens. No chance of getting a picture of them with me as they only seem to have one speed – warp speed!")
Latest Update from Paul:
"I have been training hard for the event which is less than a month away now. I am training for at least two hours a day at present and am feeling good and looking forward to the event. I am running 7 miles on most days and getting over 100 miles a week in on the bike plus regular swimming sessions. I seem to be eating a huge amount of food which I suppose is to be expected.”
Please help Paul reach his target of £1,000 for Compassion (only at 17% as of 23rd May!)
So far only 2 Compassionate Dorset members have donated - we're sure we can do better than that!
If more people just gave £3 it would all add up so please show Paul your support TODAY to thank him for his hard work and dedication for farm animals!
NEWS: BOURNEMOUTH COLLEGE STUDENT RAISES £260 FOR COMPASSIONATE DORSET
Special thanks to Emanuel Latis, a student from Bournemouth College and Assistant Restaurant Manager, for raising an amazing £260.00 for Compassionate Dorset on 21st May by hosting a Roald Dahl themed meal in Bournemouth with a raffle (where we donated some books, t-shirts and prints) and promoted Compassion in World Farming to champion local, higher welfare, sustainable food.
Food events and raffles are a great way to raise awareness and funds so let us know if you want to join us by getting involved in hosting your own Bake With Compassion event - from a cake sale at work to dinner parties for friends.
NEWS: HUNDREDS MARCH IN DORCHESTER AGAINST THE BADGER CULL
Reported as Dorchester's biggest demo since the Iraq War - there was a wonderful show of support for our badgers in the Dorchester March Against the Badger Cull on Saturday 17th May. Compassionate Dorset were there to support our friends Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare and the new Dorset Badger Vaccination Project, and it was fantastic to be surrounded by so many compassionate people united for a good cause. But it wasn't the success it was because of animal activists getting sentimental - people from all walks of life gathered together to protest at the unnecessary and unjustified waste of time, money and life that culling badgers to stop bTB already has, and would, entail, as well as the inhumane and inefficient method of shooting badgers who are otherwise a protected species (gassing has already been concluded in other trials to be inhumane and ineffective too).
We were also there to support our cows too, and to champion high welfare farming, controlled cattle movements and better bio-security on farms as other ways to help control bovine TB instead of killing healthy badgers (which as the signs as the march said, will simply not save sick cows). We also had a stall in the Party in the Park in the Borough Gardens selling our t-shirts, prints and vegan-friendly cakes and raised an amazing £208.25 for the leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming.
Well done to Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare for organising such a successful event - visit their website for links to loads more pictures, videos and lots of press coverage including from newspapers and even BBC TV! Please support them to make sure that Dorset is prepared if the badger cull still does get rolled out across the UK next year, as rumours are that if they do, Dorset is still at the top of the list.
Please support the Dorset Badger Vaccination Project who are offering low-cost vaccination of badgers as a humane and scientific alternative to the highly controversial badger culling. Professionally trained vaccinators will be helping Dorset farmers/landowners, cattle and wildlife in the battle against Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB).
In the meantime animal welfare charities including RSPCA and The Badger Trust are pressing Defra and the government for better testing regimes for cattle.
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET PRESENTED WITH £360 CHEQUE DONATION FROM DORCHESTER WAITROSE COMMUNITY MATTERS
Our Co-founder Anna Celeste Watson was presented by Melanie Roberts with Compassionate Dorset's £360.00 cheque from Waitrose Community Matters on 15th May. THANK YOU again to everyone who donated their green tokens to us in February and helped us come a heart warming very close 2nd place!
Most of our work revolves around raising awareness and fundraising on behalf of our favourite charities, especially Compassion in World Farming, and as a completely voluntary community group we have very little funds of our own, so this donation is very welcome. We are planning on using the money to pay for printing of our own educational resources to help empower local consumers to make a positive difference for animals, people and our planet - simply through our food shopping choices.
Waitrose of course are one of the most ethical supermarkets when it comes to higher welfare, free-range and organic food (we believe they are even selling badger-friendly milk so as not to support the badger cull too!) and because they are owned by the people who work for them, they also aim to nurture the best relationships with their farmers to carefully trace where their food comes from and to pay them a fair wage, so getting the money from them is an extra bonus.
NEWS: DORSET RESTAURANT DITCHES FOIE GRAS!
Images from Viva! Taken from the waterways and forced into French factory farms - foie-gras is often called ‘torture in a tin’
Compassionate Dorset are very pleased to learn that 1 of the 4 Dorset restaurants we discovered serve foie gras have just taken this highly controversial and inhumane dish off the menu in respect of our requests, and following feedback on Facebook by concerned members of the public.
We are not currently publically naming and shaming any restaurants but we highly commend the said eatery for taking an ethical stand and hope that the other establishments will follow their lead. Follow us on Twitter for more updates.
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTING THE DORCHESTER MARCH AGAINST THE BADGER CULL ON 17 MAY
For anyone who has been following the highly controversial badger cull, you will know that Dorset came very close to being next in line for a badger cull this Summer, but thank goodness we are safe... for now. The trials were found to be inhumane, as all animal welfare charities and wildlife experts said they would be, but the government are still continuing with the trials in Somerset and Gloucestershire and hoping to roll out a cull to the rest of the UK next year.
Listen to the interview above by Andrew Butler from Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare on BBC Radio 5 Live, and well done to the group for all their hard work to campaign against the cull and promote badger vaccination as a viable alternative until a cattle vaccine becomes available.
Compassionate Dorset will proudly be joining our friends Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare at their Rally and March against the cull in Dorchester here in Dorset on Saturday 17th May, where they will also be launching the Dorset Badger Watch. Watch this space for further details...
A statement released this month by South West Alliance for Badgers, of which DBBW are members, reads:
The evidence is in and couldn’t be clearer; killing badgers as a means to tackle bovine TB is ineffective and inhumane, yet the government is ignoring the science, the will of the public and that of parliament. It is clearly working to a political agenda rather than a practical or scientific one.
The cull has not only failed to provide the results claimed for it but has proved hugely more expensive to taxpayers and farmers than vaccinating badgers and potentially other alternative methods of controlling bTB in cattle. It has also caused huge divisions within the community and imposed enormous costs and operational problems for the police.
The government has consistently misrepresented the facts and the need for culling, concealing the information that UK herd infections were already decreasing prior to the pilot culls due to improved testing and cattle controls alone. Badgers have been virtually eradicated in some areas of the Republic of Ireland but this has proved no more effective in reducing cattle infections than in Northern Ireland where no badgers have been killed. However, results from Wales, where the new cattle controls have been combined with badger vaccination, have proved that this is by far the fastest, most effective and humane method of controlling bTB in cattle.
As groups concerned with animal welfare and wildlife conservation in the South West we cannot sit by and allow this pointless slaughter to continue. As with the ‘pilot’ culls last year, we will be back in the field saving as many badgers lives as we can, and we will be doing so with increased numbers, and increased determination.
In the meantime we will continue to support the many local and national badger vaccination schemes giving farmers, land-owners and councils a clear choice: either opt for unpopular, unscientific and ineffective killing, or choose a humane, scientifically proven, effective and cheaper route: vaccination of badgers.
Professionally trained vaccinators will be helping Dorset farmers, cattle and wildlife in the battle against Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB).
The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project (DBVP) has been set up by local people who have been trained by the DEFRA-funded Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) in the trapping, vaccination and release of badgers.
At the launch event at the Houses of Parliament Brian May said that: "One of the criticisms that has been levelled at those of us who have been trying to save badgers for the last three years is that ‘something has to be done and you are advocating nothing. Well we are advocating something very, very positive. It seems that what is being done at the moment is actually making things worse. Vaccination is, in the end, the only way of eradicating the disease. We hope all those people genuinely in search of a solution will put aside their differences to support BACVI. In theory we have a bit of Government support already because they are going to supply the vaccine. And we hope that in the end, when the IEP (the independent expert panel reviewing the cull pilots) comes in – which we suspect will confirm that the pilots weren’t effective – the Government will start leaning towards vaccination."
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET IN DORCHESTER WAITROSE COMMUNITY MATTERS
We were thrilled to learn that Dorchester Waitrose has selected Compassionate Dorset to be one of three local good causes in their Community Matters green box scheme throughout February – the cause that gets the most green tokens in the box by the shop entrance gets donated the most funds, but we are guaranteed a share of the funds just by being part of it, and it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness for our group and for farm animal welfare.
And THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated us at their local Waitrose over the years... we finally made it! PLEASE DONATE YOUR GREEN TOKENS TO COMPASSIONATE DORSET AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!
Most of our work revolves around raising awareness and fundraising on behalf of our favourite charities, especially Compassion in World Farming, and as a completely voluntary community group we have very little funds of our own, so the donation we will receive from Waitrose means we will be able to take part in more public outreach events and pay for the printing of our own educational resources to help empower local consumers to make a positive difference for animals, people and our planet - simply through our food shopping choices. We are also looking into launching a Peoplefundit bid to be able to produce our own cookbook too so watch this space...
Images from Viva! Taken from the waterways and forced into French factory farms - foie-gras is often called ‘torture in a tin’
Compassionate Dorset is very disappointed to learn from our friends at West Dorset Animal Aid that there are at least four restaurants right here in Dorset who still serve Foie Gras.
Foie gras is the grossly enlarged liver of a duck or goose and is essentially a disease, marketed as a French ‘delicacy’. Birds raised for this 'gourmet' cruelty are typically kept in individual small wire or plastic cages with a slatted or wire mesh floor, where they have no room to stand, walk, preen, stretch their wings or carry out their natural behaviours properly. They are force-fed enormous quantities of food through a long metal pipe, three times a day. This process of deliberate and painful overfeeding continues for up to a month by which time the birds' livers have swelled to ten times their normal size, and gets so large it can press against their lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Every year, around a million ducks die during this period of force-feeding.
Foie gras is factory farming at its ugly worst, and it is actually illegal to produce here in Britain as the Government has made it clear that its production would contravene existing animal welfare regulations, but sadly it is still currently legal to import it.
Respected animal welfare organisations such as Compassion in World Farming,RSPCA, Animal Aid, Viva! and PETA are fighting to make the importation of foie gras to the UK illegal, and urge all retailers not to stock foie gras, and press all restaurants and other food retailers not to have it on their menus.
We believe that farm animals should not, and need not, suffer. We also believe that local people have the power to end the sale of foie gras by not visiting establishments which sell it. Our fellow Compassion in World Farming supporter group Compassion in Brighton & Hove are doing an amazing job getting restaurants over in Sussex to agree to ban foie gras after mounting pressure through demonstrations outside restaurants and naming and shaming through local press coverage – so we know that people power really does work – its all about supply and demand.
Foie Gras has no place in Dorset or the UK - please take action to get it off our menus:
Do not shop or eat anywhere that sells or serves foie gras
Please email, write a letter or leave a message on the Facebook and Twitter pages of anyone who sells foie gras, politely asking that they take foie gras off their shelves or menu before you consider eating there again (please do be polite and respectful - we believe we should extend compassion to people too even if you don't agree with everything they do!)
Please encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to do the same
Please email us the names of any places you find selling foie gras
Please write a letter voicing your concern about any places selling foie gras to your local newspapers
LATEST ACTION FROM COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING (Updated April 2014): CIWF say that foie gras is proven to be cruel and clearly illegal – yet the European Commission continues to take no action. Please sign the letter to the Presidents of the Commission and EU Agriculture Council, once and for all, to take urgent action. Please also ask your friends to do the same. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THEIR NEW PETITION >>
PRESS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET BADGER PAINTING IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
NEWS:NEW 'COMPASSION COLLECTIVE' ETSY SHOP SO YOU CAN ORDER PRINTS DIRECTLY FROM COMPASSIONATE DORSET
We are very excited to have now opened an online Etsy shop where people from around the world can order prints of our animal art directly from us. All A3 prints are printed here in Dorchester, Dorset on archival fine art paper by local Guild of Fine Art approved printers - all packed and shipped by Anna and Stu at Compassionate Dorset, with love! As well as guaranteeing top quality printing, it also means we are able to make a lot more profit on each sale to donate to our favourite animal charities - with more like 90% profits instead of only the usual 20% commission we make through other online resellers who fulfill orders on our behalf, which in turn means that we can put some of the money directly back into Compassionate Dorset to fund more projects and events in future.
Prints are only £15. You can also collect for free from Dorchester to save shipping costs. Mounting and/or framing is also available by request - £40 framed (as per top images above) or £80 mounted and framed - email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS:SAM CANNON DONATES NEW PAINTING TO RAISE FURTHER FUNDS FOR BADGERS
Dorset Artist Sam Cannonhas created a second beautiful picture of a badger sett for Compassionate Dorset entitled 'Compassion' to raise further funds for local badger vaccination projects. The lettering on the picture reads 'Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things man will not find peace in himself' and the artist comments: "I painted a picture called 'Badgers' which helped raise some money for the local badger vaccination programme. I was so chuffed at the thought that one of my paintings might do some good in the world that I've done another. And if badgers being vaccinated helps protect all the beautiful cows that surround where I live, it seems a win win situation to me."
Signed prints will be available on our online shops soon and the original watercolour and pen on paper will be auctioned off on Facebook in December so watch this space for more announcements...
PRESS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET MOO MAN MOVIE NIGHT IN LOCAL NEWSPAPER
We are thrilled to be in the local newspapers again to raise more awareness for our favourite charity Compassion in World Farming with a report on the sucess of our Moo Man Film Night last month, with a feature in View From Dorchester.
NEWS:COMPASSIONATE DORSET LAUNCH NEW PRODUCTS FOR AUTUMN 2013
This Autumn we have added some gorgeous new designs to Society6 and Redbubble as prints including 'Badgers' by Dorset Artist Sam Cannonwhich reads 'The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated' - a sentiment we couldn't agree with more!
Sam created the picture specifically to donate to Compassionate Dorset in a response to the controversial and inhumane badger cull trials and all funds raised will be donated toDorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare to support their Badger Vaccination Project in conjunction with the Dorset Mammal Group.
Our resident Illustrator Stu Jones who created our bestselling 'Highland Cow' t-shirt and several other designs is also allowing us to sell his beautiful new 'Golden Hare' Series and his 'Hedgehog Luv Song' with 10% profits donated to the Dorset Mammal Group.
We are also selling limited edition prints and Christmas cards at various events in Dorset including the upcoming Dorchester Christmas Cracker and Craft Fayre on 5th December so do pop by to our stands to pick up unmounted A3 prints for just £15!
NEWS: MOO MAN MOVIE MOOOOVES WEST STAFFORD VILLAGERS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COMPASSION!!!
Thanks to our amazing volunteers; Anya, Sue, Alan, Linda, Katy, Sandra, Stu, Ingrid, Anna, and our generous film-goers, we raised an amazing £396.59 (£271.59 profit after the film costs) for Compassion in World Farming at our Moo Man film night and had a packed out village hall and a great night! Huge thanks to the film-makers for allowing us this special fundraising screening and to the team from Compassion for coming down all the way from Surrey to help us on the night. Look out for a full report soon!...
PRESS: FOLLOW UP OF COMPASSIONATE DORSET'S VEGAN CAKE SALE FEATURED IN OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER VIEW FROM DORCHESTER ALONG WITH THE MOO MAN MOOOOVIE!
Please let us know if you spot us anywhere else including our follow up report after our annual Vegan Cake Sale in Dorchester on 5th October, where thanks to the generous people of Dorchester and our fantastic volunteers; Sandra, Liz, Katy, Charlotte, Genevieve, Sue and Sheila (plus our additional bakers Anna and Claire), wecollected £230.40 for Compassion in World Farming which is over £100 more than last year, so it was a great success and we look forward to much more baking this October including for the Dorset Big Green Apple Day and our Moo Man Film Night!
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTER PAUL FAIRMAN COMPLETES THE FIRST EVER BOURNEMOUTH MARATHON FOR COMPASSION
Congratulations to Paul Fairman for completing the first ever full Bournemouth Marathon on 6th October 2013 for Compassion in World Farming in 4:31 after sustaining a knee injury after 19 miles...
Paul says: "I must start off by saying the event was a triumph. The organisation, route, weather and especially the crowd were fantastic. I know the organisers were nervous because it was the first [marathon] in Bournemouth but they got it spot on. As for me, well at the half way stage I was set to put in a sub 4 hour time unfortunately I suffered a knee injury at the 19 mile mark which greatly reduced my pace. I ended up posting a 4.31 time. I am waiting for the photos that were taken of me to come in, as soon as I get them I will send them on to you!"
So far Paul has raised £268.00 and counting...
Please help Paul reach his target of £1,000 for Compassion!
Donations can also be made by text, simply text MMMM51 with the amount £ to 70070.
NEWS: COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTER PAUL FAIRMAN IS RUNNING THE BOURNEMOUTH MARATHON FOR COMPASSION 6th OCTOBER
Paul Fairman from Bournemouth is running the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon on 6th October 2013 to raise money for the leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming to highlight the plight of animals farmed for food. Some of the funds raised will also be used for their local supporter group Compassionate Dorset.
Paul, who is 49 and a Director of a new insurance company called Why Warranties, says: " I ran the London marathon in 2009 and I do 2 or 3 triathlons a year. I also take part in cycling sportives which are usually about 100 miles. One of my favourite things I have done is to have cycled around Lake Geneva. I must admit running is not one of my favourite pass times but I know a lot of people who are involved in setting up the Bournemouth Marathon so I thought I would show my support and enter the full marathon" .
Paul hopes to be part of making history at the first ever international marathon at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival which hosts several races over the weekend. Saturday 5th October will include a 5k speed of light race which takes place at dusk with emphasis on light around the route, providing runners and spectators with an unforgettable race. The supersonic 10k will be run while motivated by the local music of the area. There will also be two fun mass participation junior running races across 1.5k and 3k distances. On Sunday 6th October there's a half marathon and at the heart of the weekend will be the establishment of the full Bournemouth Marathon of 26.2 miles which starts at 10am at Kings Park Drive, and is being described as 'the pinnacle of endurance athletics' and that is the race Paul has chosen to run for Compassion.
Paul adds, "The reason I want to go the extra mile for Compassionate Dorset and Compassion in World Farming is because I am a vegan. I hate the way humans treat animals and want to do what I can to make a difference to improve the lives of animals that are still farmed for food. "
Compassion in World Farming's major current campaigns include ending the live transport of animals from the UK where many animals suffer on long gruelling journeys before slaughter, and their Project Pig campaign is fighting to end the suffering of millions of Europe's pigs following investigations into pig farming in Spain, Italy and Ireland where they found shocking widespread maltreatment of pigs enduring terrible conditions.
Please help Paul reach his target of £1,000 for Compassion!
Donations can also be made by text, simply text MMMM51 with the amount £ to 70070.
Latest training update from Paul: "I managed to do 20 miles on Friday [6th September] and last weekend a 19 miler so I should be in fairly good shape for the marathon. I will keep you updated!"
NEWS: GET BAKING!!! COMPASSIONATE DORSET SEEKS COMPASSIONATE BAKERS AND SUPPORTERS OF 'BAKE WITH COMPASSION MONTH'
Compassionate Dorset will be celebrating BAKE WITH COMPASSION MONTH in aid of Compassion in World Farming with our popular annual vegan cake sale in Dorchester town centre on Saturday 5th October and this year we would like more people to get baking across Dorset to celebrate with us!...
(Above: Some homemade cakes at Compassionate Dorset's Annual Vegan Cake Sale in South Street Dorchester)
(Above: Dietitians Sandra Hood & Sarah Smith's Nutritional Cooking Workshop in Dorchester October 2012)
(Above: Hattie's Compassionate Cake Sale at Falmouth University)
(Above: Sophie & friends Compassionate Come Dine With Me in Weymouth)
Everyone loves a cake and taking cakes into work or school, baked with free-range high welfare, or even vegan ingredients, is great fun, a great talking point, and an easy way to raise lots of money for Compassion in World Farming if you simply ask for donations.
Pleaselet us know if you would like to take part in Bake With Compassion Month this October!
Here are some ideas of how you can get involved:
Sell cakes to friends & family - bake cakes to take to your work, college, school or even your house and simply ask for donations
EVENT: OCTOBER Saturday 19th, 7pm, West Stafford THE MOO MAN IS COMING TO DORSET!
Saturday 19th October will see the remarkable story of a maverick organic dairy farmer and his unruly cows come to Dorset for a special screening of the British documentary film everyone is talking about!
Compassionate Dorset have been granted special permission by the filmmakers of the Moo Man to have this fundraising film night in aid of the farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming which was itself founded by a concerned dairy farmer, on a mission to improve the lives of farm animals. There will be a licensed bar, compassionate raffle and we will have our popular funky farm animal t-shirts for sale too.
RAFFLE PRIZES NEEDED!
Please let us know if you can donate a good prize such as organic or vegan chocolates, a bottle of wine, cruelty-free smellies, or any unwanted gifts for our Moo Man raffle - or if would you be prepared to ask local or online companies to donate gifts!
COMPASSIONATE DORSET SUPPORTS NEW LOCAL GROUP:
DORSET FOR BADGER AND BOVINE WELFARE
As many of you may have heard, a cull of at least 70% of the badgers living in Gloucestershire and Somerset has sadly been given the go ahead by the UK government, despite ignoring Scientific consensus and huge public objections. In addition, Dorset has been marked as a 'reserve area' which means our badgers might be culled too at any moment.
Compassionate Dorset believes that all animals are sentient beings that deserve respect and compassion. We care about our Dorset farm animals and farmers, but we also care about our local wildlife and believe there must be a way for us all to live in harmony. We are very concerned that the inhumane method of killing would cause the badgers a tremendous amount of suffering, and that culling could spread TB to otherwise healthy cattle if badgers start fleeing killzones, including the cattle of the free range farmers that support Compassionate Dorset.
The RSPCA and other organisations including the Dorset Wildlife Trust recommend vaccination for badgers and better bio-security on farms as a more effective way to prevent TB in cattle. We are therefore supporting a new local group called Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare which has been formed in order to peacefully oppose the badger cull and promote vaccination and improved welfare for both badgersandcows.
Our resident Illustrator Stu Jones was only too pleased to be invited to create the group's new logo and t-shirts featuring the new logo.
Event: MAY Friday 24th, 7pm - 9pm
DORSET TEAM BADGER PUBLIC MEETING WITH RSPCA & DR BRIAN MAY Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HF
THIS IS NOT A COMPASSIONATE DORSET EVENT but it is a farming related issue and we also support RSPCA who oppose the Badger Cull and support vaccination for badgers and cows.
A cull of badgers could begin in areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset with Dorset now marked as a 'reserve area'. Scientific consensus does not support a cull of badgers and the method of killing could cause badgers a tremendous amount of suffering and even spread TB to otherwise healthy cattle if badgers start fleeing killzones.
Local opposition to the cull could be our last chance to see this reckless policy shelved altogether. Join the RSPCA and Team Badger for an open public meeting to oppose the planned cull of badgers:
Confirmed speakers include: Dr Brian May: Musician and astrophysicist Gavin Grant: Chief Executive of the RSPCA Mark Jones: Veterinarian and Managing Director of the Humane Society International Steve Jones: Retired dairy farmer and lead of the ‘Not in this farmer's name’ campaign
News:New Funky Woolly Head Sheep T-Shirt in aid of Compassion in World Farming
Compassionate Tees - the creative collective of designers brought to you by Compassionate Dorset - have just launched another t-shirt by our resident Illustrator Stu Jones, in aid of Compassion in World Farming.
We thought it was about time we had a sheep to add to our collection of farmyard friends, so we now have a particularly funky woolly headed sheep with a conceptual twist! If the knitting needles are a bit too out there for you, then there's a version without them too!
Products are available as T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Bags, Art Prints, Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases, Cards, iPhone Cases, iPhone Skins, iPod Skins, Laptop Skins, iPad Skins and other accessories - from Society6, Spreadshirt and RedBubble.
All products are printed on demand and 100% of the commission we earn, we (Compassionate Dorset / Compassionate Tees / the artists) donate to animal welfare charities - so it's all for love!
Compassionate Dorset's resident Illustrator Stu Jones (and partner of our Co-Founder and Co-ordinator Anna!) has been busy working for BUAV's sister organisation Cruelty-Free International, designing and creating an infographic on the story of their campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics, which celebrates the complete EU ban on animal testing for new cosmetics sold in the EU which comes into force this month.
At Compassionate Dorset we are against all animal cruelty so are very pleased to see this EU ban come into place and urge you to support the campaign to repeat the success in the EU to get a global ban, so please visit their website for more information on www.crueltyfreeinternational.org and share this infographic on your social networks!
News:Compassionate Dorset Launches New Designs by Jenny Lloyd in aid of RSPCA & RSPB
We are thrilled that talented Illustrator Jenny Lloyd has created 6 gorgeous new t-shirt and print designs to add to our Compassionate Tee-Shop along with limited edition Xmas greetings cards. Her Badger and Fox designs are going to be sold in aid of RSPCA and her Snowy Owl and Tawny Owl are going to be sold in aid of RSPB.
Why Compassionate Dorset is Supporting More Charities
Factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty in the UK and on the planet, so our heart will always be with our favourite charity Compassion in World Farming. In 2013 Compassionate Dorset will continue to be the local supporter group for Compassion in World Farming with our focus on local events and local fundraising in Dorset as volunteers, to help end factory farming...
But... you may have noticed that we have a rather creative side to our group too, so we hope to develop and rename Compassionate Tees as an independent collective of artists who will continue to create and sell t-shirts and other products in aid of various animal charities including Compassion in World Farming, but as we care about ALL animals and nature we are very excited to now also be supporting RSPCA, RSPB, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust, so we can also promote protecting British Wildlife and Birds, protecting and rehoming Pets, and help end the Illegal Wildlife Trade including badger baiting and hunting with dogs. We also hope to support even more charities in 2013 with our creative products including WSPA to help even more animals worldwide, protect endangered species and help end animal testing, so watch this space...
Compassionate Dorset members, Dietitians Sandra Hood and Sarah Smith also held a fantastic Nutritional Cooking for Health & Vitality Workshop at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester, where participants had a hands-on cookery demo and shared a sit down meal. All food was vegan as Sandra and Sarah are both vegans themselves and believe that a plant-based diet is the most healthy. Sandra is also the Nutritional Advisor to The Vegan Society.
We couldn't have asked for a lovlier and more enthusiastic group of participants, and we raised £144.97 profit which we have shared, so £72.49 has been donated to Compassion in World Farming and £72.48 is for Compassionate Dorset to go towards printing our own leaflets next year, so we are really chuffed.
Added to the £125.60 from our cake sale means we raised a total of £198.09 for Compassion in World Farming for 2012's Bake With Compassion - thank you to everyone who supported us.
News:Compassionate Dorset Launches Limited Edition T-Shirts, Bags & Cards for Christmas in aid of Compassion in World Farming
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of a brand new limited edition Christmas themed design by TinCat Design - adapted from one of our bestselling t-shirts using her 'Born to Roam' design. We have also re-issued our 'Xmas Highland Cow' by Stu Jones.
Like all our other t-shirts and bags, all profits from sales will be donated to Compassion in World Farming to help end factory farming, and we think will make gorgeous Christmas presents for animal lovers all over the world!
Press: Compassionate Dorset's Bake With Compassion Nutritional Cooking Workshop featured in View From Dorchester
Compassionate Dorset members, Dietitians Sandra Hood and Sarah Smith, are featured in our local newspaper View From Dorchester promoting our Nutritional Cooking for Health & Vitality Workshop for Bake With Compassion Month which will be on Saturday 20th October in Dorchester.
News:Compassionate Dorset launches new Cat and Dog designs by Stu Jones in aid of Cats Protection and Dogs Trust
Compassionate Tees is expanding and spreading even more compassion! We are very excited to announce that we not only have 2 new t-shirt designs 'Cat' and 'Dog' by our resident Designer Stu Jones, in aid of 2 new charities we now also support (currently exclusively available on Society6) but you can now also buy lots more products created from all of our designs, all printed on demand by Society6 in the USA (with worldwide shipping), including; mounted and framed art prints, coloured hoodies, greetings cards, iPhone cases and /iPod/iPad/laptop skins. All profits will be donated to our chosen charities as described under each product including Compassion in World Farming, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust.
Although Compassion in World Farming is our favourite charity and we primarily campaign on improving farm animal welfare to help end factory farming, the Cats Protection charity is also close to our hearts as that's where partners Stu Jones and Compassionate Dorset's founder Anna found their 2 cats, and it seemed only fair to help dogs too so we are also supporting the Dogs Trust!
We asked Becca to create a t-shirt on the theme of fish farming / over-fishing and sustainable fishing. Contrary to popular myth, fish are surprisingly complex animals able to feel pain, fear and stress, and most people don't realise that half of the fish we eat comes from farms, so they more than deserve to be included in our collection of farm animal t-shirts.
For more information on Fish Farming visit: www.ciwf.org.uk/farm_animals/fish/default.aspx.
Becca's existing 'Chook' t-shirt is worn by celebrity Phillipa Clunes, and we hope she will like this one too!
News: Compassionate Dorset's Champion for Animals Sandra Hood Carries the Olympic Torch!
Compassionate Dorset's co-founder Sandra Hood was one of Dorset's proud Olympic Flame Torchbearers for London 2012. The Milton Road at Milborne St Andrew was packed full with local people, friends and family who cheered her on. She was nominated as a torchbearer for her charity work for Diebetes UK, The Vegan Society, Compassion in World Farming and of course Compassionate Dorset! We enjoyed a lovely afternoon back at Sandra's house for yummy vegan food and drinks. WELL DONE SANDRA! We are so lucky to have her on our team!
News: Compassionate Dorset Helps Viva! Save Hamish & Dougal
Animal campaigner and author Heidi Stephenson sends a heartfelt thank you to Compassionate Dorset supporters and everyone who donated to the Viva! campaign to help save these 2 gorgeous, young and friendly highland cows from slaughter. Through your generosity, enough money (over £2,500) has been raised to send the pair to live out their lives at the wonderful Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk. Hamish and Dougal will move there on 17th September.
Please continue to give towards this appeal. Any money raised from now on will be split between Hillside for their care of rescued animals and Viva!'s campaigns for farmed animals.
Compassionate Dorset's limited edition 'Save Hamish & Dougal' t-shirts (and 'Highland Cow' t-shirts) raised £86.10 since April 2012. All profits from the sales of these t-shirts will continue to be donated to the campaign (at least £3 to £5 from each product). Our original 'Highland Cow' (bestseller!) will go back to being donated to Compassion in World Farming along with all our other designs.
Press: Compassionate Dorset's Sandra Hood featured in Dorset Echo again!
'We’re lighting up the torch relay in Dorset'
Compassionate Dorset's co-founder Sandra Hood has been featured yet again in the Dorset Echo after being selected as an Olympic Flame Torchbearer for London 2012. It mentions her charity work for Diebetes UK, The Vegan Society and Compassion in World Farming. Please show your support by meeting up with us in Milborne St Andrew on 12th July at approximately 12pm lunchtime so we can line the streets and cheer her on!!!
News: A Winning Farm Animal Rescue Story on the 'Baldybum Sisters'!
Our friends at 2Communicate held a competition recently calling for farm animal rescue stories. So congratulations to our competition winner Annie Vickerstaff (below) who chose our 'Born to Roam' Compassionate T-Shirt as her prize, thanks to her wonderful hen rehoming story about the Baldybum Sisters!...
Here is Annie's winning story:
After Mrs Fox helped herself to a chicken takeaway, we were left with no hens. So off to the RSPCA centre at Brent Knoll, Somerset we went, clutching an empty cat basket. We were awarded three hens fresh from an "enriched environment" farm - and if that was an enriched environment, I hardly dare imagine what must have gone before.
Our three girls had completely featherless bottoms and heads, great long claws, clipped beaks and no education. When we put them into our ark they stood bemused, staring around them with unblinking eyes. They had never seen sky, grass, trees, earth, robins, worms or any of the other things now surrounding them.
Over the next few days they learned to peck up insects and worms, scratch the ground, enjoy a dust bath (a dust bath - oh bliss!), use a perch, and walk around. Nest boxes were a bit of a challenge: we had several smashed eggs at first but they got the hang of it in the end. Known as the Three Baldybum Sisters, they were scantily feathered from the front, but oven-ready from the back: three parsons' noses bobbing in a row as they pecked about.
Now, after just two weeks of freedom, our hens are happily settled into their new home, providing us with lovely fresh eggs, have learned to come when called, and are even talking to us (they were silent for the first few days). New pin feathers are coming through and they'll soon be three proper little red hens, with their first 18 months of caged life just a bad memory.
Press: Compassionate Dorset's Sandra Hood featured in Dorset Echo
'Dorchester dietician and runner thrilled to be an Olympic torchbearer'
Compassionate Dorset's co-founder Sandra Hood has had a half page feature in the Dorset Echo after being selected as an Olympic Flame Torchbearer for London 2012. She was nominated after being a vegan runner in last year's London Marathon, and for her charity work including for Compassion in World Farming and Compassionate Dorset. Please show your support by meeting up with us in Milborne St Andrew on 12th July at approximately 12pm lunchtime so we can line the streets and cheer her on!!!
Compassionate Dorset have been asked by animal campaigner Heidi Stephenson (who is running another creative writing fundraising workshop for us in Autumn 2012) to adapt our 'Highland Cow' t-shirt design by Stu Jones to help raise funds to save two gorgeous, young and friendly highland cows Hamish and Dougal from slaughter in Cape Cornwall and send them to a new home at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk.
Our limited edition 'Save Hamish & Dougal' t-shirt is now available in our Compassionate Tee-Shop. All profits from the sales of these t-shirts, along with sales from all our 'Highland Cow' products, will be donated to the campaign (at least £3 to £5 from each product) so wear your heart on your t-shirt for Hamish and Dougal!!!
News:Win a Compassionate Farm Animal T-Shirt - Competition ends Friday 20th April
Compassionate Dorset have teamed up with 2Communicate who are running a fantastic competition for us... We want to hear your farm animal rescue stories, and the author of the winning story will receive a fantastic FREE Compassionate T-shirt of your choice in return! Yes its that simple! The closing date for all entries is 4pm Friday April 20th. So get writing guys and you could be wearing one of these fantastic Compassionate Tees...
Great news! Compassionate Dorset's co-founder Sandra Hood has been selected as an Olympic Flame Torchbearer for London 2012 here in Dorset at Milborne St Andrew on 12th July. She was nominated after being a vegan runner in last year's London Marathon, and for her charity work including for Compassion in World Farming and Compassionate Dorset... time to start making plans so we can line the streets and cheer her on!!!
Compassionate Dorset member and resident illustrator Stu Jones was very excited to have been commissioned to illustrate 'Luv Song' a poem by the leading contemporary poet and animal rights advocate Benjamin Zephaniah which has been published in the March/April 2012 issue (271) of a special edition of Resurgence Magazine on 'ANIMALS: A NEW ETHICS' totally dedicated to the subject of animal rights, by guest editor Heidi Stephenson.
Heidi met Stu after holding a fundraising creative writing workshop last Autumn for Compassion in World Farming and we are also very excited Heidi has agreed to hold another workshop this Autumn in Bridport so look out for more details soon under our Events page...
Our first ever film night was featured before and after in the Dorset Echo, with a full feature in View From Dorchester
Photo (left to right): Compassionate Dorset's Co-ordinator Anna Celeste Watson, Mayor of Dorchester Tess James, Anya Pearson from
ethical fashion label Frank & Faith and Events Co-ordinator Zoe Corbin at the Pig Business film night in Dorchester
Photo (left to right): Compassionate Dorset's Co-ordinator Anna Celeste Watson and the Mayor of Dorchester Tess James cut the vegan chocolate birthday cake made by member Sandra Hood
Compassionate Dorset held our first ever film screening which we hope will be the first of many film nights. The evening was officially supported by the Mayor of Dorchester Tess James and we also celebrated our group's 2nd birthday and raised £70.00 to fund more events. We hosted the film 'Pig Business' in Dorchester, a film which follows Tracy Worcester, a mother and campaigner, as she confronts the giant meat corporations that sweep across the world undermining rural communities, human health, the environment and animal welfare. It explains how we can take back control by buying meat raised to high animal welfare standards from the local producers. For more information visit www.pigbusiness.co.uk.
September 2011 News: Local Celebrity Philippa Clunes "loves" Compassionate Dorset 'Chook' T-Shirt!
We are thrilled that local celebrity Philippa Clunes, successful TV producer and wife to comedian Martin Clunes, has become a member of Compassionate Dorset and "loves" our charity t-shirts in aid of Compassion in World Farming. We are very proud to add her name to the celebrity fans of our t-shirts, along with Cosmopolitan magazine's Fashion Editor Shelley Vella, and hope she wears her 'Chook' t-shirt by Becca Thorne with pride!
September 2011 News: Compassionate Dorset Members Frank & Faith in RSPCA Good Business Awards
We are very excited that local ethical fashion label Frank & Faith who are members of Compassionate Dorset and now stock our 100% Organic Earth Positive range of t-shirts, have been shortlisted for the RSPCA Good Business Awards 2011. We think they thoroughly deserve to win the award for Best Small Fashion Business for their impressive Animal Welfare Policy. Cosmopolitan magazine's Fashion Editor Shelley Vella, who is a fan of our "gorgeous" charity t-shirts, is one of the judges for the award. We wish Frank & Faith the very best of luck at the awards ceremony on October 5th.
April 2011 News: Compassionate Dorset Launches Charity T-Shirt Design Competition
Compassionate Dorset has teamed up with South West Artwork and Meetdraw to look for talented designers and artists to design more farm animal themed t-shirts to add to our online t-shirt shop. The deadline is Monday 16th May 2011.
Compassionate Dorset feature in Compassion in World Farming's Farm Animal Voice Magazine (UK)
April 2011 News: Compassionate Dorset's Sandra Hood completes the London Marathon for Compassion in World Farming - help her reach her £1,000 target!
Compassionate Dorset member Sandra Hood ran the legendary London Marathon in aid of our favourite charity Compassion in World Farming and has raised nearly £1,000. While Sandra pounded the streets of London, Compassionate Dorset members held 'Change for Change' street collections in Dorchester and Weymouth and raised a further £200 for the charity. There's still time to sponsor Sandra to help her reach her £1,000 target to help end factory farming.
February 2011 News: Compassionate Dorset joins Ploink
Compassionate Dorset has joined Ploink.com where people can donate small change to charity online. We are also in the process of applying for charitable status so we can receive Gift Aid on these donations.
Dorset creatives at Meetdraw held a print sale on the theme of 'Digital Animals' in aid of Compassionate Dorset and Compassion in World Farming at The Sherbert Lounge, Bournemouth just before Christmas - for Compassionate Dorset Co-ordinator Anna's blog post response/report visit www.meetdraw.com.