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Launch of a new Political Party for Animals at Animal Aid's Compassionate Christmas Show!

Posted 24 November 2006

Animal Aid is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new political development at our Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre at Kensington Town Hall in London, on 3rd December at 12.30p.m.

Following the victory by the Dutch 'Party for the Animals', which won two seats in its national parliament last week, a new political party - Animals Count - is being launched in the UK. This will be the first UK party ever to put animals at the top of the political agenda - an issue important to millions of people and on which MPs receive more mail than any other.

The launch of Animals Count is just one of the highlights of Animal Aid's Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre. The keynote speaker is the well-known human rights activist, Peter Tatchell. This is an ideal opportunity to hear one of Britain's most interesting and controversial speakers, talking on the subject, "Animal Research is Bad Science".

Another highlight is the celebrity auction, with a selection of memorabilia going under the hammer. Visitors won't want to miss this chance to pick up one-of-a-kind items from stars including Ricky Gervais, Chrissie Hynde, Joanna Lumley, Tony Benn, Fearne Cotton, Matt Lucas, Stella McCartney, Graham Norton, plus a signed Manchester United Pennant.

Throughout the day, there will be the chance to buy fabulous yet ethical food, wine and gifts from the 75 stands offering a wide assortment of goods, including cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and footwear, books and chocolates, along with Christmas staples such as cards, calendars and wrapping paper.

There really is no better time than the season of peace and goodwill to buy sumptuous organic, fair-trade and animal- and environment-friendly products from ethical traders. Children can take part in activity workshops, or marvel at our famous contortionist, Rubber Ritchie. And, when mums and dads have shopped till they've dropped, delicious vegan food - from warming winter chestnut casserole to sweet and sticky chocolate cakes - will help recharge their batteries. It's never been easier to eat, drink, spend and be merry with a completely clear conscience!

Animal Aid's Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre is a not-to-be-missed event for compassionate consumers. So our message to them is: come along and spend, spend, spend, happy in the knowledge that all your money is going to support good causes.

'Tis indeed the season to be jolly!

Notes to editors

  • Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, Kensington Town Hall, London W8. Sunday 3rd December 2006.
  • Opening hours: 10am - 5pm.
  • Entrance: £1, free for children under 11.
  • For more information, please telephone Mary Shephard on 01732 364546, ext 226 or email mary@animalaid.co.uk.
  • We have ISDN line for broadcast-quality interviews.

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