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Mountain hare day of action – invitation to mass lobby of the Scottish Parliament

Scotland’s mountain hare are culled in huge numbers on grouse moors, even in our National Parks. OneKind are asking supporters to join forces on the 17th November 2016 to call on the Scottish Government to end the culls.

In one year, as many as 25,000 mountain hares were killed in Scotland. Why? For blood sports and the unfounded belief that their eradication could mean more red grouse to shoot. OneKind are calling on the Scottish Government to urgently introduce greater protections for the mountain hare, starting with a complete ban of culls and driven hunts in our National Parks. The Scottish Government has the powers to do this tomorrow – we just need to put the pressure on to make it happen!

Show you care for the mountain hare: join OneKind on the 17th of November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh for a mass lobby against mountain hare culling. They will be rallying in front of Parliament at 12:00. Join the team for a fun and worthwhile afternoon speaking up for Scotland’s embattered wildlife.

When?

Thursday 17 November from 12 -2PM or for as long as you can spare.

Where?

In front of the Scottish Parliament in central Edinburgh.

What?

This will be a small, fun and good-natured event that will send a powerful signal to our elected representatives that they must take action and end the killing. The group will gather at 12:00 for a media photocall and rally, when you will hear from MSPs on what they think should be done about the culls, and leading mountain hare advocates. OneKind have invited all MSPs to drop by and meet us at any time between 12:30 and 2:00 to receive a special present and, if they wish, to show their support for the campaign. Please invite your MSP to come along by signing this e-action.

What do I do next?

Let OneKind know you’re coming by signing up here. This gives them an idea of numbers and once you’ve signed up they will email you more information about the day.

You can also find out more about the campaign and sign OneKind’s petition here.

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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch – this weekend in a garden near you

Big Garden Birdwatch, the world’s biggest wildlife survey, is taking place this weekend, 24-25 January. If you’d like to get involved and record the critters that fly, grow and lurk in the spaces around you, register today and get ready to start surveying.

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RSPB are asking people to spend an hour during the weekend counting birds and any other wildlife in their garden. Around half a million people took part last year, with 7 million birds counted last year alone.

Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside, so it’s really important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live. The more people involved, the more we can all learn. So if you’d like to take part, visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/ to receive your free pack and get started.

Have fun!

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‘Foxycology’ – exploring fox ecology and behaviour

On the 19th February, The League Against Cruel Sports will host ‘Foxycology’; an evening of talks exploring the ecology of rural and urban foxes and offering humane solutions to human/fox conflicts.

No other native British mammal divides opinion as deeply as the red fox. To many, they are beautiful and adaptable animals who provide a connection to the fast disappearing natural world.

Sadly, those who want to persecute foxes for fun or fortune tell a different story. They often demonise foxes and exaggerate their impact on ecosystems and livelihoods.

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The League believe the evidence does not support the vilification of this iconic British species and that a better understanding of fox ecology and behaviour can help people co-exist peacefully with them. Foxycology is Dedicated to challenging the misconceptions surrounding foxes and promoting tolerance of this essential native species, the event will be hosted by Bill Oddie, OBE.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Dawn Scott, University of Brighton
  • Trevor Williams, the Fox Project
  • Dr Toni Shephard, League Against Cruel Sports
  • John Bryant, Humane Urban Wildlife Deterrence
  • Dr Jennifer Smart, RSPB

and more.

Date: February 19th 2015
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Venue: Fyvie Hall: University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, London. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Tickets: £15 each, £10 for League members

To buy tickets for this exciting event, visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/foxycology-tickets-15005654316

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‘End Taiji Now’ Protest Coming to London

The horrific annual dolphin slaughter in Japan continues to garner international outrage, and rightly so. Every year, pods of dolphins are corralled into a tiny cove in Taiji, where they are slaughtered in front of their relatives who are forced to continue swimming in their blood. The ‘lucky’ ones (although that term is debatable) are shipped off to aquariums such as the increasingly controversial Sea World, to be forced to perform tricks for unsuspecting fee-paying tourists.

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This yearly blood bath is truly heartbreaking. Every single year we’re subjected to more pictures and footage of Japanese dolphin captors butchering their carcasses in the most inhumane, barbaric ways. The trauma, pain and fear the dolphins fear is palpable and quite why Japan refuses to do anything about this despite worldwide condemnation is mind boggling.

Despite countless pleas to the Japanese government by politicians, celebrities, members of the public and even ex-dolphin hunters, they continue to stick their fingers in their ears and their bloodied hands in the water, all for the sake of the almighty power they most follow: money.

Well, people are starting to say enough is enough. And this year for the first time, a group of protesters from a range of charities and pressure groups will come together in London on January 17th to send a strong, clear message to Japan right outside their own embassy. Over a thousand people are expected to attend and show the Japanese people that the world isn’t going to sit back and accept this, no matter how much they try and hide or deny what they’re clearly doing.

Organised by London Against the Dolphin Massacre, the protest will also feature the Born Free Foundation, Care for the Wild International and many more.

The protest begins in Cavendish square from 11am and will march from 12.30pm to Trafalgar Square through Central London.

For more information, visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1060275823988390/

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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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Event: Rally for Nature

On 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.

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The group of like minded NGOs are taking part in this rally because despite the well-documented evidence of the decline of so many of our wild animals, and cases of wildlife crime occurring right across the UK – nature and wildlife remain low on the political agenda.

This is your chance to tell your MP face-to-face why nature and wildlife matter so much to all of us and why we must do more to protect it from those who wish to see it harmed.

The group – supported by Butterfly Conservation, the Ramblers and The Mammal Society – are demanding 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;
  • celebrating and defending existing laws, such as the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, which provide the foundation for nature conservation in this country and if properly enforced would prevent spring hunting in Malta;
  • legally underpinning nature’s recovery by establishing a Nature and Wellbeing Act to ensure nature is at the heart of how we live and run our country, as well as establishing long-term targets and powers to help protect wild animals.
The event is free, but registration  is on a first-come-first-served basis, so you’re advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
To register for this important event,  click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rally-for-nature-registration-13703157513?aff=LACS

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Hillside Animal Sanctuary – Christmas Fayre

This weekend, the marvellous people at Hillside Animal Sanctuary will be holding a Christmas Fayre, to raise much needed funds for their invaluable work while raising awareness of the Sanctuary and its role protecting animals – currently the sanctuary looks after over 2,000 animals including horses, donkeys and dogs.

The event will take place this Saturday & Sunday (15th & 16th) and will feature a whole range of festive activities for all to enjoy. If you feel like getting into the Christmas spirit while helping raise money for animals, this is an event not to be missed.

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