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02 February 2007


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Quaker animal group invited to join EU trade debate
British Quakers concerned about the treatment of animals in world trade have been invited to take part in regular discussions with the European commissioner for external trade, Peter Mandelson, and his staff
  • The aim of the meetings is to develop a good working relationship between all groups with an interest in the trade policy field

  • The invitation to join the group follows a nationwide petition organised by the Norwich and Lynn Kinship Group last year
  • It called upon the EU to bring pressure to bear on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to ensure proper consideration is given to the welfare of animals reared for food
  • At present, European attempts to raise standards are being thwarted by their WTO obligation to accept imports from less regulated member countries


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    Sonia Waddell, 21 February
    May I suggest to Friends, in consideration of the fact that our fellow
    species are facing an unprecedented amount of cruelty, neglect and total
    lack of respect, that Friends consider supporting the global petition
    ANIMALS MATTER TO ME, whose purpose is to get animal welfare on the
    world-wide agenda.

    Animals Matter to Me is part of an exciting campaign for a Universal
    Declaration on animal welfare at the United Nations (UN). One can sign
    up on line at or by writing to WSPA (World Society
    for the Protection of Animals), 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP.


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