THE BUNNY HUGGING TERRORIST
By Joan Court
With a Preface by Tony Benn
Published by Selene Press
74 Sturton Street, Cambridge , CB1 2QA
120 pages Paperback Black & White and Colour Photographs
When I read In the Shadow of Mahatma Ganhdi (Joan Court's autobiography to 1977) I hoped that there would be a sequel; here it is. The previous volume finished with Joan at the age of 60 going up to Cambridge to read Social Anthropology.
After graduation Joan became active within the animal rights movement and took part in the campaigns against a proposed primate research laboratory in Cambridge, Huntingdon Life Sciences, and another facility in Oxford, to name but a few. When 85 she went as a crew member on the Sea Shepherd boat Farley Mowat.
The rationale and motivation prompting Joan's actions come out strongly. Now a Buddhist she believes that animals deserve as much care and protection as the children for whom she used to work. Her ability to maintain relationships appears to have improved.
Joan says that she is "addicted to flashing lights". Direct action has always appealed to her and she has "not found that advancing age has lessened the strong urge for adventure." Not all her activities may have been legal. She has been arrested several times and found that, being elderly, she has always been treated with respect by arresting officers. The book might carry a "Don't try this at home" warning.