Animal Friends Blog
Helping animal welfare organisations
World Animal Day, celebrated annually on October 4th, is a global social movement charged with the mission of raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
As true friends of all animals, we wanted to do something really special this year to mark the occasion. Starting on the 4th, for seven consecutive days, seven amazing animal welfare projects – each representing one of the world’s seven continents – will all receive £10,000 each!
Why we’re doing it
“Our giving at Animal Friends supports local, national and international charities who are working tirelessly to improve the welfare of animals and their habitat across land, sea and air.
World Animal Day has given us the unique opportunity to celebrate and support seven different charity projects on seven different continents, acknowledging the diversity and range of animal welfare and conservation work that is making a real difference globally.” – Marion, Head of Charity at Animal Friends.
The charities we are helping
See how each of the charities help animals in need and the wonderful work they are doing:
Africa: Hawk Conservancy Trust
We are donating to Hawk Conservancy Trust to reduce the poisoning of vultures in Africa. Vultures as a group are the most threatened birds in the world and are vitally important ecologically, any further losses of populations will be devastating to the African continent. We hope that our donation can help in the fight to prevent vultures from going extinct.
Antarctica: WWF UK
Another of our donations is going to WWF UK, in support of improving the management of Antarctica’s resources and safeguarding its emperor penguin population. These iconic penguins are near threatened; populations have declined by up to 50% in some places and one colony off the Antarctic Peninsula has disappeared completely. The biggest threat to them right now is climate change due to changes in the sea ice they depend on.
Asia: Orangutan Foundation
The Orangutan Foundation is receiving a donation to support the replanting of habitat in Borneo. The protection and restoration of tropical forest habitat remains at the core of ensuring a future for orangutans. As well as protecting existing forest, restoring degraded areas of habitat is key to the survival of orangutans and to combat the effects of climate change. We hope that our donation will help towards the incredible work that is being done to protect and restore these crucial wildlife reserves.
Australia: WWF UK
We are donating to WWF UK to aid the replanting of Koala habitat after the bushfires in Australia last year. The bushfires were absolutely devastating, with more than 26.4 million hectares burnt. Lives, homes and an estimated three billion animals were affected, including iconic Australian species like koalas. We are passionate about helping restore homes for koalas and other wildlife so they can thrive long into the future.
Europe: British Hedgehog Preservation Society
One of our donations is going to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, helping to protect hedgehogs native to the UK. The BHPS offers help and advice to those with sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs and maintains a list of rehabilitators in the UK. We hope that our donation can help towards reversing the decline of hedgehogs in the wild, improving their welfare and safeguarding the future of this much-loved animal.
North America: International Fund for Animal Welfare
Our donation to the International Fund for Animal Welfare will support their project to save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Travelling along North America’s east coast, it must navigate a sea of deadly fishing equipment, buoy lines and industrialised shipping zones. Weighed down by hundreds of pounds of fishing gear, entangled right whales are unable to move freely through the water, feed or reproduce, and they sadly die a painful and slow death. We hope that our donation can help fight for the species’ survival.
South America: Galapagos Conservation Trust
We are donating to Galapagos Conservation Trust as part of their Land Iguana Project, aiming to gain more understanding of the decline of dragons and reintroducing them back to the volcanos at Santiago Island. We hope that our donation can help towards boosting the survival of Galapagos land iguanas, but also to help restore Santiago’s ecological health.
We believe that together we can affect positive change. Learn more about our charity partners and donations.
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