In light of World Wildlife Day on March 3, we're celebrating three wins for wildlife achieved so far in 2020!
With your support, we work tirelessly to combat exploitative industries to keep wildlife in the wild where it belongs.
Every day, wildlife around the world are exploited as entertainers, exotic pets or killed for use in traditional medicine. With your support, we work tirelessly to combat these exploitative industries to keep wildlife in the wild where it belongs.
It’s hard to imagine a ‘win’ from the Australian bushfire crisis, but we had to mention the incredible support for the recovery of Australian wildlife.
People around the world have given generously so that animal organisations can give surviving animals a fighting chance. Thanks to you, we were able to help local organisations with the immediate response, and provided medical supplies to a mobile triage van, supporting the care of 21 kangaroos.
Longer-term initiatives are also being put in place. We are working to prepare at-risk communities with wildlife veterinary resources for future disasters. For impacted and at-risk communities, we’ll expand our Protect your Pet and PrepVet resources to support capacity-building and preparedness for animals.
Over the coming months we’ll be working to change legal frameworks, plans, policies and conventions to ensure animals are included in disaster planning.
2. China places temporary ban on Wildlife Trade
Due to the coronavirus outbreaks, China has taken the commendable decision to impose a temporary nationwide ban on all wildlife trade. This has prevented the suffering endured by millions of wild animals traded for use as exotic pets, traditional medicine, and meat across the country.
We spoke out about why a ban is needed, and are calling for a permanent ban and hope this will be extended to countries across the globe to prevent future outbreaks and to prevent animals from suffering needlessly.
3. Bears given new lives away from cruelty
We welcomed three new bears to their Balkasar Bear Sanctuary in Pakistan this year!
The female bears were rescued from bear baiting in Pakistan. This inhumane bloodsport sees bears, unable to defend themselves, battle against trained dogs for entertainment. Their owners surrendered them so they could live cruelty-free and thriving lives at Balkasar. We also support the owners in finding alternative livelihoods to help end the cycle.
In 2000, 300 bears were involved in bear baiting, and the number was drastically down to 25 bears in 2019. We are working hard to rescue the remaining bears in 2020.
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