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Benjamin Zephaniah expresses support for ICABS campaign
23 May 2006

Novelist and poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, has expressed his support for the Irish Council Against Blood Sports campaign against animal cruelty.

In a recent letter to ICABS, the popular writer outlined that he was "aware that people have started travelling over to Ireland to do their killing".

"You can certainly count me as one of your supporters," he added.

ICABS is delighted to have the support of Benjamin Zephaniah in our ongoing campaign to secure a ban on foxhunting, hare coursing, carted deer hunting and all forms of hunting animals with packs of dogs.

Benjamin Zephaniah

Mr Zephaniah is the author of eleven books (novels and poetry), including Too Black, Too Strong, Gangsta Rap, Funky Chickens and Refugee Boy. He has also recorded several albums featuring his poetry performed over music.

In 2003, he famously rejected an OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) from the Queen. Quoted in The Guardian, he stated: "I get angry when I hear that word 'empire'; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised. Benjamin Zephaniah OBE - no way Mr Blair, no way Mrs Queen. I am profoundly anti-empire."

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Photos: Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah with Nelson Mandela
Benjamin Zephaniah with Nelson Mandela.

Benjamin Zephaniah with Germaine Greer
Benjamin Zephaniah with Germaine Greer.

Benjamin Zephaniah with Ian Hislop
Benjamin Zephaniah with "Have I Got News for You" team captain, Ian Hislop.

Nature Trail - a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah
(from 'The Little Book of Vegan Poems')

At the bottom of my garden
There's a hedgehog and a frog
And a lot of creepy-crawlies
Living underneath a log,
There's a baby daddy long legs
And an easy-going snail
And a family of woodlice,
All are on my nature trail.

There are caterpillars waiting
For their time to come to fly,
There are worms turning the earth over
As ladybirds fly by,
Birds will visit, cats will visit
But they always chose their time
And I've even seen a fox visit
This wild garden of mine.

Squirrels come to nick my nuts
And busy bees come buzzing
And when the night time comes
Sometimes some dragonflies come humming,
My garden mice are very shy
And I've seen bats that growl
And in my garden I have seen
A very wise old owl.

My garden is a lively place
There's always something happening,
There's this constant search for food
And then there's all that flowering,
When you have a garden
You will never be alone
And I believe we all deserve
A garden of our own.

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