Compassion is deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of our most active supporters, Michael Tucker of Harrow. Michael passed away at a London hospital on the 2nd March.
We’ll remember Michael not just for being Compassion’s best dressed campaigner but for the long hours he spent outside the then Ministry of Agriculture in Whitehall, campaigning against live exports. Michael was at the heart of our long running vigil that took up daily residence outside the Minister’s office, personally collecting thousands of signatures in support of our campaign.
Instantly recognisable with his bowler hat, Michael’s daily presence on the Capital’s streets brought our campaign not just to the attention of decision makers in the corridors of power but also to the many tourists walking this route. He would spend many hours talking to people from across the globe about this issue and in return for a few moments of their time they would get a great picture with a true London city gent.
We’ll miss Michael, as will the cabbies, bus drivers and civil servants in Whitehall, who will no doubt remember Michael as one of the most colourful and effective campaigners farm animals have ever had working to improve their welfare.