Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare was founded by Miss Mabel Raymonde-Hawkins in the 1950s. She ran it for the animals – for any and all animals who suffered and needed her help. She wrote several books explaining what she did, why she did it, and where she was coming from, because she was compelled to work alongside many human beings who just didn’t get it and she dreaded the thought of what would happen to her sanctuary when she was no longer there to oversee it.
What she wrote – in Sensible Pets and Silly People, and Mercy On Us! – makes clear to anyone with eyes open, how Raystede is meant to be run.
“My own view, and that of every decent minded person, is that no animal should be caused to suffer at all for any reason.”
“It is somewhat the act of the ostrich to be willing to do, by proxy, what one has not the courage to do oneself in the slaughterhouse. … The slaughterhouse is an unpopular subject for discussion, and the more fond the meat-eater is of his steak and two vegetables, the less he seems to like discussing the market and the slaughterhouse.”
“[cooperating to make] the world a better place for all life to experience, from the lowliest creature crawling to the most magnificent of dignified jungle life.”
She was also very anxious in her desperate hopes for the future
“Those of us who have grown old in the work and who have so little to encourage us for the future welfare of animals can at least only hope that having carried the banner so far, we can, in falling, fling it to the hosts behind to carry on the work and hope that they will be more successful than we have been during this century.”
Knowing she would not live forever, she wrote these things down, I am sure, so that those who took over would not go astray in her absence. She feared that most of the people she worked with, who meant well and had helped her make Raystede what it was, would not stick rigidly to the principles on which she founded it, once she was gone.
And sadly she was right. Within a couple of years of her death in 1998, Raystede opened its cafe and those in charge followed money, not principle. She used to frown at anyone who brought a ham sandwich to work, or a leather handbag, but now they provide meat and other products of cruelty, for cash.
So it’s up to the rest of us who know what she knew – that no animal should be caused to suffer at all for any reason – to make them stop!
This week I will post every day, urging you to share the petition on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and anywhere else on social media. Ask your friends and followers to sign and share and get us to 8,000 signatures.
PLEASE. It only takes a second 😀