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Happy New Year – here’s to the best year ever for animal welfare

Wishing all the readers of this blog the best wishes in the world for 2015. 2014 was a tough year, but we didn’t stop fighting. Let’s hope 2015 brings the best possible results for animals across the world – from cosmetics testing to the Taiji slaughter to the horrific dog meat trade, we have a lot of battles ahead of us. Meanwhile here in the UK, the government want to repeat the Hunting Act and refuse to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Yep, this year’s going to be a challenge – but luckily we’re  always well up for one of those.

Have a fantastic 2015, to you and your furry friends. Let’s do all we can to make the next 12 months a resounding success for the voiceless creatures who share our world. And in the meantime, take a minute to enjoy some of the most heartwarming stories from the past year.

One Green Planet: 20 Times People Did Amazing Things for Animals in 2014 – http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/people-doing-amazing-things-for-animals/

Happy New Year everyone.

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Merry Christmas, animal warriors.

As 2014 draws to a close I’d like to wish all the readers of this blog a very merry Christmas and a fantastic festive season.

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It’s been a hell of a year for animals – from the nonsensical badger cull to MPs’ pathetic attempts at bringing back the Hunting Act, animal rights warriors have been on full alert doing all we can to stamp out injustice to our furry or feathered friends.

It can be tough fighting the cause of animal welfare, as we all know. Major UK campaigns such as the petition to install CCTV in all slaughterhouses, or the call to action asking people to ban wild animals in circuses, have dominated headlines and divided opinion across the animal welfare spectrum. The fight continues, and up and down the country horrific abuse of animals sadly continues. People carry on shooting pets and wildlife with air guns, foie gras continues to be sold and produced as some sort of laughable ‘delicacy’ and crimes against wildlife from snares to shooting seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. Yet despite all the horror stories and depressing headlines, our fight continues and we stand stronger than ever.

Indeed, we’ve also seen some major successes this year. In March, hundreds of people took to the streets of Inverness and marched against wildlife crime, carrying huge white ‘ghost raptor’ replicas as they fought to make Parliament stand up and listen to the call of the wild. In December, major NGOs joined forces and marched in front of Westminster to raise awareness of nature and its lack of representation in current government legislation. Meanwhile every day prosecutions are made, animals are saved and less and less people close their eyes to the horrors animals suffer.

The fight is far from over, but it also shows no signs of stopping. We’ll be there every step of the way, joined in arms against any and all injustice to the creatures who can’t speak for themselves.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate Christmas and all that comes with it. Religious or not, Christmas is a time of year for being glad for what we have and reminding ourselves what’s really important in our lives. Our animals need us more than ever and personally, I’m going to be squeezing my cat just a little bit tighter today. Christmas is a time to be with loved ones and if you’re like me, that will almost certainly include, if not entirely constitute, your pets. Give them a massive hug and let’s vow for their sake in 2014 to be stronger than ever.

Merry Christmas guys. Thanks for paying this site a visit in 2014 and I hope you, and all the special creatures who share your world, are well and truly spoiled today.

Here’s to 2015.

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PS. Top 12 tips to keep your pets safe this festive season: http://www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/festive_pet_tips.pdf

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Critter Web Smiles: Excited Shetland sheepdog makes baby laugh

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Rally for Nature event against wildlife crime held tomorrow in London

Tomorrow, Tuesday 9th December, the League Against Cruel Sports will be joining forces with the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB at the Rally for Nature at Westminster in London.

One of the group’s key asks at the Rally will be for action to protect and restore wildlife by ending wildlife crime so that threatened species like hen harrier are able to fly free from harm at the hands of grouse shooters.

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And it is not just hen harriers! It is a sad fact that the illegal persecution of birds of prey continues across the country. A recent Birdcrime report revealed 164 reports of shooting and destruction of birds of prey in the UK. This included the shooting of two hen harriers, two marsh harriers, five peregrines and 28 buzzards; plus 74 reported incidents of wildlife poisoning and pesticide-related offences.

These figures are believed to represent only a fraction of the illegal persecution taking place in the UK, with many incidents thought to be going undetected and unreported.

There is still time to register for the rally in London tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to speak to your MP face to face and join a chorus of voices that share your concerns for nature and wildlife.

In the meantime you can raise your voice against the spate of wildlife crimes taking place across the UK by contacting your MP today and telling them that wildlife crime is unacceptable and that more must be done to protect wildlife from those who wish to see it harmed.

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Paws for Thought: Men who exclude creatures from compassion and pity…

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
― Francis of Assisi

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