England: In Memory of Jill Phipps – Who Died Fighting Live Animal Exports From Coventry, 1995.






Jill Phipps (15 January 1964 — 1 February 1995) was a British animal rights activist who was crushed to death in Baginton, Warwickshire, England by a lorry transporting live veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.

See Jill’s film here – we start with part 4, the final part – which involves the actions at Coventry airport – fighting live exports – and the death of Jill on 1st February 1995.


It has taken some 20 years since her death, but there are currently NO live animal exports from the UK to Europe.  They may return, but when they do, campaigners on the English SE coastal ports will be ready to take action.

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See Jill’s film (4 Parts) – Note that this film is now several years old, and many issues have changed; some for the better, some are still as they were and some, well, have possibly declined even more !

Part 1 – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9062786490002108922#

Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XubIUrWJ7ro

Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1jOLviy15w

Part 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7dvQpOd3vc&feature=related

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Fatal accident

On 1 February 1995, Phipps was one of 35 protesters at Coventry Airport in Baginton, protesting at the export of live calves to Amsterdam for distribution across Europe.

Ten protesters broke through police lines and were trying to bring the lorry to a halt by sitting in the road or chaining themselves to it when Phipps was crushed beneath the lorry’s wheels; her fatal injuries included a broken spine. Phipps’ death received a large amount of publicity, being brought up at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence to bring any charges against the driver. Phipps’ family blamed the police for her death, because the police appeared determined to keep the convoy of lorries moving despite the protest. The inquest heard that the driver may have been distracted by a protester running into the road ahead of him, who was being removed by a policeman.

The policeman in charge of the protest speculated that Phipps had chosen “deliberately [to] fall” under the wheels of the truck, but Phipps’ father insisted that she did not want to die as she had a young son to live for.

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Veal calf exports from Coventry Airport ended months later, when the aviation firm belonging to the pilot responsible for the veal flights, Christopher Barrett-Jolly, went bankrupt following accusations of running guns from Slovakia to Sudan in breach of EU rules.

In 2006 he was charged with smuggling 271 kg of cocaine from Jamaica into Southend airport.

The continuing level of protest was such that several local councils and a harbour board banned live exports from their localities. All live exports of calves later stopped due to fears of BSE infection. In 2006 this ban was lifted, but Coventry Airport pledged that it would refuse requests to fly veal calves.

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UK: Rev James Thompson, ‘The Animals Padre’; Has Sadly Passed Away.



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On my dad’s behalf Rev James Thompson I would like to thank you for your lovely tribute to him he would be over the moon with your kind words!!!


The Rev James Thompson, known as ‘the Animals Padre’, has died.  He was 84 and died in hospital of pneumonia and other complications.

He conducted the animals service at the animals memorial in London every year.

He was also at Hillgrove where he carried out services for the cats.

He was a lovely man, devoted and committed to helping animals all over the world.

We hope he is now over the Rainbow Bridge  and reunited with all the creatures he prayed for in this world.

RIP James, the world has lost a wonderful friend for the animals.






SAV Comment – we had the pleasure of seeing and hearing the animals padre at several events in the past.  He regularly held church services where he allowed all animals into church for a blessing – see photos above.

We thank Rev. James for his devoted love of all animals and for being one of the church who spoke out in the defense of animals.  RIP Rev. James – a kind man who will be greatly missed, but always remembered as a true friend of all living species.







Lots of Animal Petitions To Browse and Sign If You Wish.




A whole selection of animal petitions here via the link if you wish to sign anything:






Serbia: Felix Shelter News 1/2/15 – When It Rains, It Pours. But Eventually The Sun Will Shine !

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SAV Comment – As Danica says below, ‘when it rains it pours’.  She (Felix shelter) have lost so many beautiful cats over the last few weeks, you have to ask when they are all going to get a decent break that works for them rather than what seems (at the moment) to always be working against them.

Danica and Jasna work so utterly hard to give the very best for all their shelter cats – they do not deserve all the problems that appear to be queuing up for them at present.  But saying this; we know that every cat which has passed over the bridge can look back and thank shelter Felix for providing them with a safe warm haven home; with lots of good food; and most importantly with the medical attention and love that they very much needed.  Danica must be proud of what she is doing; although at sad times like this the world does often appear to be against you.

It is not, and we support Danica 110%.  We hope you do to; and will send her messages of support with her excellent work for all our little feline buddies.  One day, and we don’t know when; the government and authorities will realise that animals are sentient beings just like us; and those animals will, through them and their better understanding,be given care, compassion and the respect that they deserve; just as those lucky ones at shelter Felix are getting every day now.

When it rains it pours but in the end; the sun always appears to bring brightness and better feelings to an overcast situation.  This will happen very soon at Felix shelter.  Danica has put so much effort into the facility, that there is only one way that it can go now – UP  !!

We will do what we can to make this happen sooner rather than later.


Website: http://catshelter-felix.com/
Blog: http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

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When it rains, it pours…

Our gorgeous and sweet black panther Njanja who’s been struggling with serious health issues for more than a year, finally gave up the fight.

He had pancreatic insufficiency, FLUTD and who knows what else 😦 He’d be frighteningly skinny, then he was gaining weight, skinny again, then gaining weight again for such a long time. In December last year he became lethargic, his appetite was poor, he looked worn out and tired of everything and it seemed he knew his time was coming.

He died peacefully and without pain a couple of days ago, he just fell asleep and didn’t wake up again.


In this time of deep sadness and total heartbreak, not even knowing that Njanja was loved dearly and cared for until the end isn’t much of a consolation.

Wonderful Rose who has sponsored him for almost a year and a half has already been informed of his passing, as she loved him deeply and we felt she should be the first to know that he’s gone.

Our sparkling sweet boy is now running in some greener fields, but I’m sure we’ll meet again one day.

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