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MANEKA GANDHI TO LEAD ANIMAL WELFARE MARCH AND SPEAK IN
Maneka Gandhi, until recently a minister in the Indian Government
and one of the worlds leading campaigners on environmental
and human and animal rights issues, will address a march and
public meeting in Bristol on October 2nd to celebrate World
Farmed Animals Day, 2002.
March: Meet at 5.15pm, St Augustines Parade, opposite
Hippodrome; march commences 6pm.
Public Meeting addressed by Maneka Gandhi: 7pm Council House
Vegetarian campaigning organisation, Viva!, is marking World
Farmed Animals Day 2002, with a march and public meeting in
Bristol lead by Maneka Gandhi. Mrs Gandhi is the daughter-in-law
of assassinated Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and was
Minister for Animal Welfare in the Indian Government until
this summer. She is one of Indias most high-profile
politicians and a forceful and uncompromising advocate for
environmental, human and animal issues. She will be joined
by Juliet Gellatley, Founder and International Director of
Viva! which is currently based in Brighton but will be moving
its headquarters to Bristol in 2003.
The march will begin with a blessing ceremony and short speeches
on the themes of vegetarianism and farmed animal welfare.
It will end at College Green, prior to the public meeting.
At the Council House meeting Mrs Gandhi will make a wide-ranging
speech on issues of peace and vegetarianism. Ms Gellatley
will speak on the global impact of animal agriculture. Council
Leader Dianne Bunyan will also address the meeting.
Viva! campaigner, Alistair Currie, said, "Viva! is very
proud to be promoting these events. Mrs Gandhi is a campaigner
of immense international stature and her visit to Bristol
offers a great opportunity to learn more about the global
campaign for animal welfare and to show British support for
an activist at the very forefront of the struggle for a more
compassionate and rational world. All this talk about the
crisis in the countryside has ignored the liberty,
lives and wellbeing of millions of farmed animals in our countryside
and across the world. We invite the people of Bristol to take
an event which celebrates compassion, instead of defending
Note for editors:
These events are part of the wider Ahimsa Celebration 2002.
A variety of events involving Maneka Gandhi will take place
World Farmed Animals Day takes place on 2nd October because
it is Mahatma Gandhis birthday.