Animals & Wildlife
Animals & wildlife in every country all over the world, find themselves at risk of extinction, neglect and mistreatment. The biggest risk to animals are humans. By interfering with their natural habitats and way of life for our own benefit, we have changed their futures forever.
Many species living in the wild are considered endangered which essentially means that they are at risk of becoming extinct completely. The gravest threat to many of these endangered animals is poachers. These illegal hunters track and kill animals considered to be valuable for their fur, meat, horns or organs that can be used to make traditional medicines. Around 55 African Elephants are killed each day for their tusks1 which are sold as ornaments or used to make other trinkets.
Poachers will also sell animals to be exploited for tourist entertainment. These animals are often poorly cared for and drugged or beaten to make them behave in the required manner. Wild animals are also fighting for their habitats as loggers, farmers and climate change all take their share of the animal’s homes.
It’s not just wild animals at risk, but pets too. More than 140,000 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect are made every year in the UK alone.4 This abuse takes numerous forms; neglect (including lack of proper food, hygiene or exercise), breeding to fight for profit, unnecessary procedures such as the docking of dogs tails, sadly the list goes on.
There is also controversy surrounding the use of animals for testing of cosmetic products and medicine. Around 4 million scientific procedures are carried out using animals in research establishments in the UK each year3
Support for these organisations means the ability to train and fund anti-poaching rangers to protect the animals at home in the wild. It means the opportunity to campaign to make laws stricter on the import and export of so called ‘trophies’ and to make punishments harsher in order to diminish demand.
When it comes to domesticated pets, charities can rescue mistreated animals and find them safe and happy homes. Funding will help provide call centers to hear complaints, officers to rescue animals and legal assistance to prosecute the perpetrators.
Thanks to the conservation and rescue efforts of charities, animals are being saved every single day
- World Wildlife Fund https://support.wwf.org.uk/?pc=ARG001001&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtOLVBRCZARIsADPLtJ3QVanKyWDuIzSGB-3VjbY2KBz0rgbChuiK8UEaUY5T2dgQ88GTelYaAmRyEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
- World Wildlife Fund https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/mountain-gorilla
- Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals GREAT BRITAIN 2013 http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/files/1214/1207/5255/home-office-animal-statistics-2013.pdf
- RSPCA https://media.rspca.org.uk/media/facts