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Why animal rights activist Mary Alice Pollard is a voice for animals

Updated on September 7, 2015

Mary Alice Pollard of CVFA explains why animals?

Please introduce yourself to my readers here.

I can say that I am happy to have been born into the life of an animal and human rights activist (thanks mom!) and it is something that I have not had to work at becoming. I know that from birth this passion and respect for all life is something that I was born with and it has become a way of life, a lifestyle. Now 55 years on, I can say with no regrets!

I can say also that I must have been born with an extra little gift, that being having an eye for photography, which I have put to use since the age of 7 when I first picked up my mother's Brownie camera. It is only a serious hobby, one that when I do make a little extra money from is a huge bonus! It is for me a great way to wind down as there is nothing more therapeutic than to go out hunting and shooting as I call it, with one's camera!

My classic line when confronted with hunters who use GUNS - I tell them how wonderful it is to capture that moment forever, turn and walk away leaving things as they were, as they should be - untouched and alive! The old saying 'leaving nothing behind but your footprints', comes to mind.

What exactly is Cornwall's Voice For Animals?

From alerts to political lobbying, Cornwall's Voice for Animals is just that, a voice speaking out from a little home office in Cornwall UK for the rights of animals to live free from exploitation, suffering and death at the hands of man. Campaigning not only locally but world wide. Not a registered charity, not a large organisation or small one either - just one individual with a rather large following, dedicated to doing what she can in one lifetime to help animals and to educate those that need educating!

How would you describe your work?

From the seal slaughter, to bloodsports, fighting against live transportation of animals and puppy mills and everything in between, and hands on rescue - Cornwall's Voice for Animals will give support any individual or any organisation which is doing good for animals or humans.

No one is perfect - no organisation has it right all the time - but I keep away from all the politics of animal rights/welfare and keep on with supporting the issues, the causes which bring us all together. Cornwall's Voice for Animals was formed/named in 2001 when I first came on line. What an amazing tool it is. Now I am able to reach over ten thousand people world wide with one mail.

Oh, I remember the days when I had to type the alerts, copy them and add pictures, stuff envelopes, apply stamps and then SEND - how anything got done back then is beyond me because by the time the news got out - it was TOO LATE!
Communication now is instant and the news spreads within minutes, world wide. Hundreds of animals are saved daily, issues are exposed and people are able to respond immediately because of this amazing tool called the internet!

I have always said that I am like a spark which starts a fire and hopefully it will rage enough to bring out the firefighters to put it out ! If I know that by my being who I am has helped to save the lives of some animals and has change one person's life for the better with regards to the way they treat animals, then there is my reward.

Mary Alice Pollard's photos

Mary Alice and seal pup
Mary Alice and seal pup
Melita and Angel with William
Melita and Angel with William
Cara from Italy with rescuer Dianne
Cara from Italy with rescuer Dianne
Chris, Mary Alice and Maria Daines
Chris, Mary Alice and Maria Daines

Animal cruelty cases

Can you describe some of the worst cases of animal abuse you have come across?

I recognise after working in various countries that are two different types of animal cruelty. There is cruelty with intent, and cruelty because of lack of education ( the way people are brought up, culture, lifestyle ). There is no worse case of animal cruelty, especially for the animals who are subjected to such cruelty. How can one put on a scale, the suffering they are experiencing?

Mental pain, physical pain are both as horrific. I will do everything I can to help educate those who need to learn better and the right way of caring for their animals, be they pet's or working animals, but I will not tolerate from anyone, anywhere - cruelty with intent!

I have seen up close and hands on too much physical cruelty, the photos and video's also which cross my desk daily in alerts present the most horrific cases of animal cruelty that one could possible imagine - but there is one little dog that somehow dominates my mind and heart.

She was a little collie mix that was brought to me by a gypsy (not all gypsies are bad - I have met many over the years who have such a heart for animals ) to the shelter I was operating in Salonica Greece back in the mid 80's, he had spent 10 days trying to help her but without success. Someone had cut her ears with scissors trying to give them the 'pointed look' and I suppose what happened next was that she probably lashed out from the pain - she was doused with petrol and set her on fire.

By the time she was brought to us the infections had set in and she was realistically beyond help and our vet said that it would be best to put her to sleep. You know that dear little dog, after all she had been through and the pain she had was licking my face and wagging her tail when Panos did the injection. She knew that she was loved .... People ask why I like to work with animals? Their love, and their forgiveness is unconditional.

What do you think the reasons are that animals get so badly abused by people?

The only way I can answer that is that possibly God was having a bad hair day when he created the human race! Seriously, I have tried to find the answer to that question all my life it seems, and I think if there was any simple answer the issue of animal and human cruelty would have been dealt with better years ago, as people have been speaking out against animal cruelty and writing about animal rights as far back as 1485 (see:, so it is certainly nothing new!

Why do you think people are so cruel and what can be done to help stop people being like this?

At a very early age we see children being cruel to animals, why is it that some get so much pleasure out of pulling the legs off of spiders, kicking the dog or setting the cat on fire while others are from the start compassionate and caring for all life? It is said that children are born innocent and that their actions are learned. I tend to disagree with that. Who or what would teach a little 3 or 4 year old child to pull the legs off of spiders or to throw rocks at ducks in a pond?

And how annoying it is that most of the parents do or say nothing to correct them! It is all too common these days to hear about very young children doing the most horrific acts of cruelty on animals. Children as young as 7 and 8, who or what taught them these actions and what happens if they are not corrected immediately?

We know that the majority of serial killers first start out on animals and in cases of domestic abuse, one can most certainly find that if there are animals in the home, they too are victims. And it goes the other way around.

People who have anger issues do not direct their anger selectively! I think that the cases of animal cruelty have to be taken more seriously by those in power, firmer and stricter laws that are acted on and enforced are required - It is the responsibility of the judge, lawyers, police, schools, social services and oh yes, parents especially, to be more vigilant. Only if cruelty is stopped at the grass roots will we start to see change!

Can you please describe some moments of real success with animals and animal rights issues?

I have threatened for a long time to start THE GOOD NEWS site for animal rights success stories but have never had the time to get it going. Every time I see a campaign to save just one dog from death row - and to find out later that because of the amazing connection between rescues worldwide on the internet, the dog has was saved - well, that to me is amazing.

When the EU agreed to ban the importation of harp seal products, oh didn't that just put a huge smile on my face! When I hear that a COUNTRY has banned the use of wild animals in circuses - When I hear that a fashion outlet has given up the use of fur - When I hear that a hunter puts down his gun and has turned to using a camera instead - When I hear that a puppy mill has been raided and hundreds of dogs have been rescued - When I hear that a huge dog fighting ring has been busted - When I hear that another city has become bullfighting free - When I hear that the people in China are standing up for their rights and the rights of their animals - When someone down the road tells me that they picked up a seagull chick off the street to save it from being run over!

There is something to be thankful for each and every day but more than anything when I hear of the many children out there like 10-year-old Angel Morgan who do the most wonderful acts of kindness to animals and who have the courage to speak out for animals and set an example to other children - I feel there is hope for this planet and all who live on her.

Please tell me a bit about Chris Pollard?

Chris was born in the small parish of St Gerrans on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall in 1950. His passions are history and music. Both of these loves he has pursued. Singing and playing the guitar in several bands since the 1960s and rubbing shoulders with a few famous faces.
He has recorded two solo CDs in recent years. He began writing Cornish history in 1992 and has had 9 books published, two of which are now available world wide. He has also written two children's stories. He has had a lifetime love for animals and it was his dream come true when he found in 1997 a disused field close to our home which is now known as Jollity Farm, a farm animal rescue where he spends all his spare time and what little spare cash he has.

STOP PRESS: Jollity Farm is being forced to close due to housing developments in the area and Mary Alice and Chris have been devastated by this. They are having to find new homes for all the animals they have been looking after.

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Animal welfare and animal rights groups and people

Please list some important animal welfare groups or individuals you think deserve supporting and say why?

This is very difficult for me to answer because I give my love and support to so many individuals and organisations and I don't want to leave any one out but I will recognise here a few of those who have been well that little extra special and have been a great inspiration to me.

FAACE: Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe - - Vicki and Tony Moore deserve world recognition for their fight against blood fiesta's and other forms of animal cruelty in Europe. Vicki passed away in 2000 but her love and passion lives on - always, she was a huge inspiration to me.

Animals Asia Foundation

The Animals Asia Foundation: From the rescue of moon bears from bile farms, to the dogs and cats that are used for food and fur and the horrific bashing to death of dogs in the streets because of a rabies scare, in China - Jill Robinson MBE is a guardian angel to the animals in China, she, her staff and supporters there are subjected to the most horrific scenes of cruelty each and every day but they never give up fighting the battle to stop the cruelty there.

Maria Daines

Maria Daines, CVFA Patron: Music United for Animals

As I am a bit of a rock chick, I know that music is an international voice and is an amazing and peaceful way of protest and bringing thought and awareness to various issues. Maria Daines and Paul Killington have become THE MUSICAL VOICE for animals everywhere. Their songs against the fur trade, puppy mills, dog fighting, greyhound racing, the meat industry, horse slaughter, circus's who use wild animals - to name a few that have become smash hits within the animal rights movement, and their heart and soul dedication to animals is recognised all over the world.

Together they write, record and produce CD's which help small animal shelters world wide in their efforts to rescue and care for animals. Maria is now co-founder of One Life Rescue dedicated to raising funds to save one death row dog at a time! Rock on Maria & Paul!

World Animal Day: I think this explains on it's own why this is so important. It brings the whole world together, so far for 2009, 18 countries will for at least one day, on October 4th., will unite and celebrate the lives of our animals and give thanks to those who work for them ! Come the day I hope many more countries will have joined!

Melita Morgan

Melita Morgan: British/Hollywood Actress and Animal Rights Activist - Proud to have her as a part of our extended family and to support her in her animal and human rights work. She is beautiful and soft spoken but don't be fooled, there is an amazing power felt when she speaks for what she believes in because that love, that passion comes from so deep within her soul!

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Devon: "To rescue and provide care for and prevent cruelty and suffering among horses and ponies that are in need of attention by reason of sickness, maltreatment, ill usage or other like causes and to provide temporary or permanent homes for such horses and ponies." So many lives saved because of the work they do and we are proud to have with us two of their rescues, Rosa and Sooty!

Greyhound Action UK:

Locally and world wide, greyhound action is just that - feeding the public and media the facts about greyhound racing, the vile industry from birth of the dogs, training, racing and death of so many beautiful dogs! They have an amazing adoption scheme for the lucky dogs who end up in safe homes waiting for adoption.

I wish to also recognise a very special lady, Helen and co from SWAP, South West Animal Protection, because, whilst they are only a small team, they work so tirelessly for the good of all animals at risk world wide and they are always there to help everyone. If not for them many animals would not have a voice, especially our precious Greyhounds who suffer endless exploitation at the hands of society because they are sadly seen as a commodity, rather than a dog.

They don't have a website as such but their global email campaigning reaches thousands and they have world wide support for their dedicated and magnificent advocacy and peaceful activism for the voiceless. To join their mailing list please email

It was also a huge thrill for me to attend Scooby Medina's 20th Anniversary last year with Maria Daines and Paul Killington. To be able to meet this international team of rescuers and to see so many happy rescued dogs face to face - well just being there you quickly understand the reason we all do what we do!

Sea Shepherd

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Countless lives have been saved in our oceans because of the work of Paul Watson and his crew.

There are so many groups and individuals that I love, respect and who have inspired me over the years, and they can all be found within my website. I am so proud to have in one way or another, worked with each and every one! What is so tragic is that we have all come together, lifetime friendships have been made because of the animals who are abused and killed.

© 2009 Steve Andrews


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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for the updates, Mary Alice!

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      Mary Alice Pollard, Cornwalls Voice for Animals 6 years ago

      As there have been so many changes since this was written, including new site links I thought I would post them here so as no one gets lost along the internet way - for news and updates:

      "I think that's what unity is - knowing one another, coming together, and working with no conflict." -- Chief Alan Wilson, HAIDA --

      Cornwall's Voice for Animals

      Mary Alice Pollard, founder



      C.A.R.E Cornwall Animal Retirement Eden

      'Cheating in the Sport of Kings' by Glenn Thompson About the cheating and drugging of horses going on in racing.


      Mary Alice Pollard: Freelance Photo Journalist

      Christopher Charles Pollard

      Cornish Historian/Author & Musician

      This Is My Life (blog) ....

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Kathy!

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      Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      You have said everything in this amazing hub, Bard! I LOVE it and you and your efforts! I am always uplifted, encouraged and relieved when I learn of another human being who is as wonderful, brave and caring as you are. This is EDUCATION with a heart..honest and forthright. The world and animals need more like you. It goes without saying...UP AWESOME BEAUTIFUL USEFUL and shared on FB. Kathy aka Lucky Cats

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you Vocalcoach! I recommended Mary Alice at LinkedIn today as it happens!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Those who abuse animals are either cowards or extremely stupid! Can't begin to thank you enough for this stellar article. Every one needs to read this. Unfortunately the ones who need this the most, seldom do. You are a tremdous person. You give a voice to our animals. God bless you and the work you do!

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank YOU for posting, Oliversmum!

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      oliversmum 8 years ago from australia

      Bard of Ely. Hi. Mary Alice Pollard really is a voice for the animals. What an extraordinary, caring and beautiful person you are.

      A lot of the horrible things that are happening to certain animals make me so sad and sick to the stomach, The Seal Pups for one.

      In my country, folks convicted of cruelty to animals only seem to get a smack on the wrist, to my way of thinking that makes the people that convict them just as guilty.

      I will read this hub again, so as to absorb all the information.

      Thank you both, It did open my eyes a little wider. :) :)

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You're welcome! Thank you for posting, Anne!

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      Anne 8 years ago

      thank you for a wonderful film of Crowall's Voice for Animals; I liked seeing the animals getting their feed; esp. the way the Turkeys and Geese rush out to begin hunting and pecking ! I also liked the ox with the mane in his eyes; and the Ponies are wonderful to see ! Thanks a lot

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      guru_onizuka 8 years ago

      Thanks you, next time i will give information about duck at my country. [indonesia]

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Paul, for your complimentary and very true comments!

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      ZEST 8 years ago

      Dear Bard and Mary Alice,

      Thank you for bringing this exclusive interview to our community and world.

      It's great to get to know people and their efforts through interviews such as these.

      I have always admired Mary Alice for her selfless work on behalf of others.

      Mary Alice has always supported my initiatives with much time and friendship.

      If ever there was a Voice For Animals, Mary Alice Pollard is THE Voice For Animals. And, yes, her great friend Maria Daines is THE musical Voice For Animals.

      I am happy to be a part of such wonderful friends to all.

      Mary Alice and community have compassion that is in abundance. I am very happy to have been a recipient of her, love, friendship, guidance and support.

      Rock on Mary Alice !!!!! You ROCK !!!!


      Paul / Zest

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting your comments, Susen!

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      Susen from Canada 8 years ago

      This was a wonderful video of Jollity Farm, and a great interview with Mary Alice. I'm friends of both Mary Alice and Chris and have been lucky enough to have visited Jollity Farm to see the labour of their love in action. Their hard work and love of all animals is a worthy testament to all that have been saved and all those lovely animals that will be saved by them and so many others worldwide. Educating others will go a long way to opening up hearts and helping people become aware of the atrocities done to God's creatures and how each of us can help in our own small ways. Mary Alice, Chris, Maria and Paul and so many others give us all hope that humankind can and will learn and practise compassion.

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      ThunderWolf007 8 years ago

      Mary Alice you dear woman. Caring for abused and ailing wolfdogs is no greater a calling than that of yours.  Just look at the countless lives in your care.

      If you ever visit the New England region of USA, you are all welcome to come visit. We have wolfdogs, dogs, cats, iguanas, frogs, and fishies. : ) Blessings & Joyous Howls, Camille

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      CVFA 8 years ago

      Ann - two at a time is saving two precious lives that would not be here if it were not for you -:) Saving one life at a time, like saving pennies - adds up to a fortune !!! To each animal saved, one is the same as one million !

      Pinedog and Camille you both know the backbreaks and the tears when it comes to physical rescue- I am just thankful that the tears are fewer :) , and the cost, well we get there with a little help from our friends thanksfully ! You both are absolutely amazing and Camille I have always envied what you do - you have an amazing family ! Thank you all for being here and leaving your footprints behind !

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      ann lister 8 years ago

      Hi Mary Alice

      I love this hub and so admire the work you and Chris do. I so wish I could do something like this with my life. I rescue small dogs but can only save 2 lives at a time as I have only a small flat and am poor but if I come back to this life again I pray God will allow me enough health and wealth to be able to open a place like Jollity Farm . I so love you both. By the way my little cross border terrier is so like yours

      love ann

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      Slavica Mazak Beslic/EPAR 8 years ago

      Thank You with all my heart, dear Mary Allice, Maria, Chris, Paul.Your voice gives The Hope to all Earthlings.I love you all people , very much .Regards from Serbia

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your great comments, Camille!

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      ThunderWolf007 8 years ago

      Hello Bard ~ : ) Thank you for doing this for Mary Alice, Chris, and the many critters in their care. While I don't have the volume of animals to care for that Mary Alice and Chris have, I know all too well the stress of doing rescue.

      Mary Alice.... what an absolutely delight filled video of Chris feeding the critters. : ) I wish I could be there, how wonderful!!!

      Have new pics of puppy Bahar, Kermit D Lizard, Dumbledore my old Iguana, and the rest of the woofers.

      Will phone you one of these days. : )

      Blessings, Hugs & Joyous Howls,

      Camille - Lupine Rescue Network

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting your great comments, Pinedog!

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      Pinedog 8 years ago

      Hats off to Bard for doing this great interview and giving folks a very well rounded and in depth look at the people behind CVFA. My wife and i greatly admire all the work that MaryAlice and Chris have done on behalf of animals in crisis. Everybody thinks "oh yes it's so nice to help out the animlas" but most don't realize how much work goes into it...mentally, physically, and financially. I hope this interview and video will serve to enlighten even more folks as to the ongoing need for support of animal welfare organizations and places like Jollity Farm. The tireless dedication of folks like MaryAlice and Chris serve as a beacon of hope for humankind as they continue to work in the name of Compassion. Bravo to you all!

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      CVFA 8 years ago

      Thank you Bard for giving us your time and this space and thank you everyone who has visited this page and left such amazing comments.Thank you so much Howard for this amazing video and Maria and Paul for the use of your musicin the making of it - I must tell the viewers though that that beautiful cow, the piggies and the little black kitty are not Jollity Farm residents but are from just down the road from us here !

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting your message, Daniela!

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      Daniela 8 years ago

      Hi Mary, Maria, and Chris, and regards from Romania. Thank you for all your work, inspiration, thank you for your voice, songs, spirit, for educating people and speaking for animals! I love you all! Daniela

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Maria and Paul, for this beautiful message that comes directly from the heart and spells out the truth about Mary Alice and CVFA!

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      Maria & Paul 8 years ago

      I am so thankful to Steve Andrews, aka The Bard of Ely, for getting this magnificent interview out of Mary Alice!! I say that with a smile on my face because I have often said to Mary that she must write a memoir and she always shrugs it off and says her work is what she does rather than what she writes about it. I know Mary is always doing good for other people and of course our beloved animals but I have often thought a writer should tap in to her amazing life story and her experiences as an animal advocate throughout her lifetime. Mary Alice inspired Paul and I to do what we are doing now. If we had not met we simply wouldn't have considered that we could do anything to help animals musically. I don't think Mary Alice's influence can be quantified in words, I will just say that it is however, evident in the peaceful action that she demonstrates each and every day and her determination and compassion is awe inspiring. Mary Alice is a living legend who has saved countless animals from ill treatment and slaughter. What better way to inspire people and ensure the next generation has a great example to follow. Cornwall's Voice For Animals reaches globally to all corners of the earth with a message of hope and peace for animals and I know Mary will be blushing when she reads this and because she is so modest she will cringe haha! But Mary you are unique and we are proud to call you our friend and so thankful that our paths crossed even though you have caused us a lot of extra work and many tears over the last few years! Not all tears of sadness of course, there have been many tears of joy for success stories when animals have been saved. And I must also say that there have been tears of laughter, I don't ever want to be on a plane with you and Paul again!! We're in mid-air and I'm petrified of flying (on our way to Scooby's anniversary in Belgium) and you told me you wanted to wing-walk!! And Paul told me the plane had just clipped a telegraph pole! Honestly, you are one of the best Mary - but please no wing-walking while I'm around OK LOL!! This is a wonderful interview with a tremendously hard working lady who never gives up on animals or people and I hope many people will learn a lot about Cornwall's Voice For Animals and Jollity Farm when they read it. It's been long overdue and now finally Bard has the big scoop, well done Bard!!Keep on ROCKIN MARY!! Love from Maria & Paul xx

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your really great comments, Scary and Rich!

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      Rich Russom 8 years ago

      I couldn't agree more than what has already been said here! I am a CVFA Patron, and have known Mary for about 5 years now. I don't know anyone quite like her! Mary & Chris have given me Hope & Faith that we must keep fighting for the voiceless throughout the World. It is only through Love & Compassion, that we make a Difference in this Life, and for the Future of All God's Creatures.

      RIch Russom

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      The Scary Guy 8 years ago




      LOVE TO YOU,


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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you Lori and Zeke! I agree with you both!

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      Zeke Loftin 8 years ago

      I think Chris and Mary Alice are remarkable people. Incredible how many great causes I have seen them involved with over the years. People could really learn a lot from the way they coexist with the animals on Jollity Farm in Cornwall. Just amazing, kind hearted people.

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      Lori Meitzen, USA 8 years ago

      I feel extremely blessed to have met Mary'Alice several yrs ago (via the internet) and absolutely adore her, She has been such an inspiration to me and I have so much respect for her. I can only try to imagine doing all that she does tho honestly don't know how she does it! It is refreshing to know there are ppl like Mary'Alice out there who fight so hard to help our animal friends which I know is not a easy thing to do given all the horrendous abuse, pain and suffering out there. To witness it is the most horrible thing! My heart breaks each and every day with each new abuse case I hear of, I have nightmares of the horrible injustices done to our animal friends. Mary'Alice, thank you so deeply honey for all you do, your the best and I love you so very very much xoxoxo

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting, Neesan!

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      Neesan Sims  8 years ago

      Mary Alice Pollard is reknown for her lifetime commitment to saving animals in whatever form is needed.

      I am so proud to be among her huge list if internet associates ,

      Long may her work continue .

      Thank you

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting, GW! Extremely intelligent humans often behave worse!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Great hub, Bard. It is sad that relatively intelligent humans can behave so badly

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You are right, Pete! I do not understand any of it either! It is all so horrific and cruel!

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Mary Alice and I are well aware of that horror that goes on. They also skin dogs and cats alive for their fur!

      Thank you for posting!

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Someone should show her the hub I just read on "Eating Dog!" I still feel nauseated. I didn't know people did that.

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your response, Alex! I am sure Mary Alice will be glad to read it too!

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      Alex Caldon 8 years ago

      Thanks for this very inspiring piece. I confess when I was a boy I did pull the legs off a spider. i remember the sickening realisation that I had done something wrong - but no one had taught me much about compassion. But now I am a vegan, so there is hope for everyone I think. I also agree that God was having a bad hair day when he invented humans - so much cruelty not only to animals but to fellow humans. But as Mary says, there are a lot of positives too. Thanks to Bard and Mary.


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