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The vegan purge: RSPCA faces calls to sack senior trustee after he was outed as ‘vegan extremist’

Senior trustee Bob Baylis is a close friend of Jane Tredgett, the RSPCA’s vice-chairman, who was recently forced to resign for being co-founder of animal rights group Animal Rebellion.

GUY ADAMS: ‘The RSPCA is facing calls to sack a second senior trustee over his links to a radical animal rights organisation that wants to ban farming and commercial fishing. Bob Baylis is a director of Humane Being, a non-profit group leading the so-called Animal Rebellion whose supporters will next month stage a ‘direct action’ to close down Smithfield meat market in central London. The protesters, an off-shoot of Extinction Rebellion, believe animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and say compulsory veganism is the only way to save the planet.

Last week, the Mail revealed that Jane Tredgett, the RSPCA’s vice-chairman, had been forced to resign after calling for meat, fish and dairy products to be banned. Mr Baylis, a 64-year-old vegan, has been on the RSPCA’s governing council of trustees since the 1990s. He is also a director of the charity’s Freedom Food label, which certifies ethical meat, fish and dairy products. He helped set up Humane Being in 2018 and is listed as its ‘founder’ on the website.

He is also a close friend of Mrs Tredgett – who is listed on Humane Being’s website as founder and director. She was reported last week to have used RSPCA policy meetings to lobby for campaigns to ban horse racing and angling. The group is leading preparations for the Animal Rebellion protest and has been training demonstrators in ‘non-violent direct action’… Critics have long claimed that extremists hold several positions on the governing council of the RSPCA – which has 1,750 employees and a budget of £130million a year…

A spokesman added: ‘[It is] false to say that he’s heavily involved with Animal Rebellion, or that he’s an extremist’… The charity said Mr Baylis ‘decided to stand down’ from Humane Being because he opposed its calls for meat and dairy products to be made illegal… He also denied that Mr Baylis supported banning animal farming or fishing. Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance, said: ‘The RSPCA’s refusal to accept the reality of the extremism at the heart of its ruling council is very worrying. The society risks losing the confidence of the rural community.’  SOURCE…

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