Care for the Wild acts as the voice for animals across the globe and actively campaigns to improve welfare through a variety of means. We have a small selection of Lead Campaigns in key areas which we pro actively lead on through a combination of lobbying, raising awareness, commissioning research, working with relevant organisations to improve conditions and hosting events that help to drive change. We also have Supporting Campaigns which we tend to work with other leading relevant charity and NGO partners to ensure an effective use of our resources, and to drive positive change collectively.
Stop Press: Care for the Wild Campaign Champions
We’ve been getting a lot of offers of help on our campaigns from people around the world – many of whom can’t come into our office because they are too far away! So we’ve started our Campaign Champions scheme, which means wherever you are, you can help us to help animals! Can you be a Campaign Champion? Take a look!
Our current campaigns are below. You can click here to view our previous campaigns.
Responsible, Informed, Guilt-free and Humane Tourism – that’s what RIGHT-tourism stands for, and that is what it is all about. Working with some key charity partners from across the animal welfare sector, we’ve created a dedicated website to act as a one stop shop for anyone about to travel, or considering travelling overseas. The website www.RIGHT-tourism.org contains country specific advice on a host of common and more specialist animal attractions, events, and issues from around the globe.
Stop the Killing
Right now the elephant and rhino populations of Africa are in crisis. Poaching is at an all time high and owing to a massive surge in the demand from China, and across parts of Asia, for Rhino Horn (for Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ivory (for ornaments, jewellery and as a status symbol) the future of these animals looks bleak. 1000 elephants are killed every day in Africa, and the cost of Rhino Horn has a higher street value than cocaine or solid gold. Organised crime has moved in, and machine guns, night vision and helicopter killings are no match for the ill equipped rangers. Care for the Wild is actively fighting the poaching through driving awareness of the issues, funding increased anti-poaching patrols, and working with key organisations to make a difference.
UK Wildlife – Fighting the Badger Cull
We are working with a selection of leading charities to fight against the planned badger culls in England as part of Team Badger. We strongly believe that these plans are designed to appease farmers and ignore strong scientific evidence suggesting that they will have little affect on the control of Bovine TB. There are also significant flaws in the quotas – targeting a fixed percentage amount of an unaudited population is impossible to achieve.
UK Wildlife – Close Season for Hares
We’ve teamed up with the Hare Preservation Trust, the Humane Society International and Blue Hare to lobby government to introduce a ban on the hunting of hares during the breeding season. We’ve been pushing for a meeting with DEFRA Environment Minister, Richard Benyon to discuss the issue, but to date this meeting has been rejected. Around 350,000 hares are killed in England in organised shoots each year, including thousands of female hares who are pregnant or nursing dependent young.
For many years Care for the Wild has played a key role in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and we continue to do so. In the past we have campaigned for increased protection of Slow Lorises and commissioned various reports to support the work of CITES, such as our renowned reports on Ivory. We continue to be involved with CITES through our work with the Species Survival Network, and we working alongside key charities and the UK Government as part of this.