Peter Roberts, 1924-2006

Peter Roberts was a true pioneer. As a dairy farmer, he was horrified by the direction that farming was taking and took up the cause of farm animal welfare at a time when few others shared his concern. In 1967, he set up Compassion in World Farming, a charity that to this day campaigns to end factory farming. Peter’s energy, courage and modesty were an inspiration to all who knew him. You can help realise Peter Roberts’ vision of a world where all farm animals are treated with the compassion and respect they deserve. Please help grow this Fund by making a donation to Compassion in World Farming.

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I was never lucky enough to meet Peter but know his beautiful daughter Helen through our mutual love of ex-battery hens and passion for animal welfare. There are millions of farm animals across the globe whose lives are vastly improved because of this wonderful, gentle and compassionate man. There could be no better legacy xxx
Sent by cornwallgreenbean on 15/11/2012
To my gorgeous Dad, Five weeks today, Philip & I will be married; on Easter Saturday. I have 2 wishes; the 1st is that you could come back for one single day to share our happiness, the 2nd is that you had known that Phil & I are together and I know you would be over the moon. You always adored Phil (and visa versa) & would have loved to have seen us together & known how immensely happy I am. I am so sad to have not been able to share this with you; it was not to be, you left this world a year before Phil & I got together. We are having a weekend of celebrations, with our wedding in a beautiful barn, followed by Luke's 13th birthday, the very next day on Easter Sunday. Luke will stand in for you on my wedding day & walk me down the aisle & give me away to Phil; I am so privileged that he really wants to take on this role in your absence. Miss you so much, as we all do; Luke very much so too. Think of you every day. love "Helemy"; your "baby of the family"; xxxx
Sent by Helen Engelen on 19/03/2011
I never had the privilege of meeting Peter, but those that knew him well speak incredibly highly of him. He touched many lives, and through Compassion in World Farming, his remarkable legacy continues to bring positive change in the world. As a vegan, I also feel an incredible sense of gratitude for Peter’s courage and his dedication to the cause of animal welfare. In the early 1960s, when even so-called animal welfare organisations refused to campaign against veal crates and battery cages, I can’t imagine the scale of the challenge and the mettle needed to have started these campaigns. I can’t think of a higher compliment than to say the world is a much better place for having had Peter in it. He is very sadly missed. Paul Blanchard
Sent by Paul Blanchard on 08/02/2011
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