Via the Daily Post:
Writer honoured for animal welfare work
Jul 4 2007 by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post
LIVERPOOL scriptwriter Carla Lane has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare with an award from the RSPCA.
Ms Lane, famous for TV sitcoms such as The Liver Birds and Bread, was presented with the Richard Martin Award for her years of campaigning for improvements in animal welfare.
She founded Animaline, a charity set up to â€œgive animals a voiceâ€, in 1987. Six years after its foundation, a sanctuary was also opened for the care and rehabilitation of injured and abused animals.
Jackie Ballard, director general of the RSPCA, said: â€œAlmost every kind of animal has passed through the Animaline gates and many have been returned to the wild after treatment.
â€œOn top of that, Carla has devoted a large part of her life to the campaign against live exports and has attended numerous rallies against the trade including last yearâ€™s demonstration at Dover attended by members of the RSPCA Council.
â€œShe has lobbied leading politicians and heads of government, chief vets and the European Union voicing her strong opposition to the trade. Carla has always proved beyond doubt that she really is a â€˜voice for animalsâ€™.â€