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.
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."
For more information on Benjamin Zephaniah, please visit his official website at: www.benjaminzephaniah.com
Photos: Benjamin Zephaniah
Nature Trail - a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah
At the bottom of my garden
There are caterpillars waiting
Squirrels come to nick my nuts
My garden is a lively place