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Sunday 8th November 2015

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8th November 2015


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The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (ASWA) invite you to a Remembrance For Animals In War at The Animals War Memorial, Brookes Gate, off Park Lane, London (nearest Tube: Marble Arch), to remember the animals who have died in wartime and continue to suffer as a result of present day conflicts. Pen Farthing from Nowzad Dogs will be speaking about his work rescuing stray & abandoned animals in Afganistan.

Contact Samantha Chandler for info.

In previous years a remembrance for all the thousands of horses & other animals who perished in WW1 & continue to do so in all warzones, has been led by Senior Anglican cleric, Pastor James Thompson from North Wales, known to many as 'the Animal Padre'. Sadly Rev. James Thompson died on 30th January 2015. 'His Love And Compassion Embraced The Whole of Creation'

Read More on Remembrance for Animals in War

Never forget: "Whilst there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields" - Tolstoy

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Text from 2013 call out:

Hopefully, this will again be a concise but most moving Service ‘on a favourable day’ when personalities will be played down; banners will be avoided; but attire and dress will be dignified; and all representatives of various animal groups, who choose to come, will be most welcome. All will have the opportunity to come forward and lay down wreaths or bunches of flowers representing themselves, or their specific group!

This is again to complement and coincide - at the same sacred hour - with their human counterparts remembered at all other cenotaphs throughout Britain, and where – up to now – animals are given no mention at all.

Members of all faiths - and equally of none! - are most welcome. Time for informal fellowship – weather permitting! – will, hopefully follow on from this humble, Christian act of witness. So, come along! Pass the word round! and seek to bring along others with you!

In 2013 - for the second time – Leeds Animal Protection took part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at The Cenotaph in Leeds. Victoria Gardens – in front of the Art Gallery at 10.30 – Sunday November 10th 2013

See also the Remembrance Day diary listing.

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A donkey born in a First World War trench who saved countless soldiers' lives on the battlefield is being honoured for his bravery almost 100 years on.

Jimmy 'The Sergeant' was born in France after a shell wounded his pregnant mother as she went into labour during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Troops brought the donkey up amid falling shells and gunfire on the frontline and weaned him on tins of condensed milk.

Jimmy spent the next two years in the Army, carrying equipment and soldiers, and he was even taught to raise his hoof in salute, with the troop of Cameronian Scottish Rifles.

Jimmy has now been awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery, the highest military honour for an animal, by the Cameronian's Museum in Hamilton, Scotland.

More at the NEDDI DONKEY SANCTUARY website


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