Day: December 21, 2018

England: ‘SPANA’ – Helping Working Animals Where Their Owners Need Help.


SPANA are based in London, England.

I am proud to have supported them with a monthly donation for many years.

Established in 1923, SPANA’s goal is simple: to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

Our donations help to improve the lives of working animals; in order that their owners can continue to use them for their work; but with the added bonus of the best veterinary care and welfare needs covered free of charge.

They may seem simple, but SPANA donations provide free veterinary care for working animals; they provide new mouth bits to replace old and rusty ‘things’ that have been constructed from wire etc; they provide the construction and placement of drinking troughs for working animals along their main work routes, providing something as simple as water; but helping the animals to stay hydrated during their working day.

Most importantly; they also provide education to children regarding animal welfare, and why it is so important to care for and respect animals.

This video just released for Christmas 2018 gives a small insight into the world of SPANA; enjoy it;

Regards Mark


England: ‘Respect for Animals’ – A Year of Campaigning.


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  • Our Fur Free Markets scheme is fully up and running, with our online database of every council in the UK going live.

The new three party coalition in Norway agrees to ban fur farming by 2025



A petition to Parliament calling for fur to be banned, started by two activists and friends of Respect for Animals, begins to near the prized 100,000 signature mark needed to secure a Parliamentary debate



  • Versace goes fur free, with Donatella Versace declaring: ‘Fur?! I’m OUT of that!’

San Francisco bans the sale of real fur, becoming the largest US city to do so.



  • The first markets officially join the Fur Free Markets scheme, as LSD Promotions, who run markets across the West Midlands, make their fur free pledge.


  • Horrible footage of monster obese foxes kept on Finnish fur farms shocks compassionate people around the world. Respect for Animals supporters contact the Finnish Embassy to call for a fur farming ban in Finland.


The top officials representing the fur industry give evidence to the EFRA Select Committee and shock the room by claiming it is ‘natural’ for foxes to be kept in small cages.



  • Having smashed past 100,000 signatures the petition to Parliament secures a confirmed date for a Westminster debate on the banning of real fur. The lobbying of MPs by constituents and NGOs like Respect for Animals begins.


With Burberry appointing a new creative director, Respect for Animals asks supporters to email Burberry customer service and call for the end of the use of real fur.



  • MPs line up to slam the fur industry at the debate on fur in Westminster Hall.

Respect for Animals Director Mark Glover travels to Belgrade to help save the fur farming ban in Serbia.



  • The Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee publishes its report on the fur trade in the UK. The report calls for changes to the law regarding fur labelling and suggests the government ‘consider’ holding a consultation on banning the import of real fur after Brexit.


Respect for Animals presents the Fur Free Markets scheme to councillors from around the UK at the annual Local Government Association Conference in Birmingham.




In Ireland, the Solidarity Party announce they will introduce a Bill to ban fur farming in Ireland once the Dail returns.


  • Harrowing footage from Lithuania is described by Respect for Animals founder Mark Glover as ‘the worst fur farm footage I have ever seen’.  The cruelty of what we are fighting against is laid bare once again.
  • Respect for Animals is present at Labour Party Conference as years of lobbying pays off when the party officially adopts a policy to phase in a ban on the import of real fur.
  • A few months after our email campaign, Burberry stun the fashion world by announcing they are ditching real fur.
  • Respect for Animals join animal protection organisations around the world in targeting Prada to be the next big name in fashion to stop using real fur.

Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to ban the sale of real fur.



  • The Prohibition of Fur Farming In Ireland Bill is presented to the Dail in Dublin, by Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger TD.


  • Acclaimed actor and animal activist Peter Egan backs the Bill to ban fur farming in Ireland: ‘Many of us are shocked to learn that Ireland still has fur farms. I believe the continuance of this cruel industry is a stain on Ireland’s character.’


Lincoln Christmas Market – one of the biggest seasonal events in the region- is confirmed as fur free.




  • A poll of public opinion in Ireland, commissioned by Respect for Animals, finds that an impressive 80% of people in Ireland support a ban on fur farming. 
  • Mark Glover co-hosts a major event in Dublin, discussing the urgency of a fur farm ban with TDs and Senators, as well as holding a press conference.

Legendary folk punk/rock band the Levellers say NO to fur, by backing our campaigns for fur free markets and the Ireland fur farming campaign.



  • Manchester Christmas Market goes fur free after a public outcry.
  • Chanel announce they are moving away from using real fur.
  • Our Fur Free Markets database passes 400,000 hits for the calendar year.


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USA: Big Win for Animals – The US Farm Bill Has Just Been Signed Into Law.




A Major Win For the Animals!

The US Farm Bill has just been signed into law, bringing some HUGE victories for the animals!

This is thanks to the hard work of activists and organizations across the US who took a stand against animal cruelty. And YOU were a part of that voice, as hundreds of thousands of you signed LFT petitions to enact these groundbreaking amendments:

  • Dog and cat meat are finally BANNED. It is now illegal across the nation to kill dogs or cats for human consumption, whereas before, an astonishing 44 states had no law protecting companion animals from slaughter.


  • Dogfighting and cockfighting are now illegal in all US territories. While these barbaric bloodsports were already banned in the 50 states, they were still fully legal in territories like Puerto Rico — where cockfighting was an appallingly massive industry raking in $18 million per year.


  • Animals have new protections against domestic violence. It is now a federal offense to cross state lines to harm a domestic partner’s pet, and vet bills can now be added to restitution. Federal funding will also help ensure victims’ companion animals have housing in emergency shelter situations.


Also important is what was rejected from the farm bill: the vile King Amendment, which would have stripped states’ rights to enforce their own laws against animal cruelty.

Thank you to all who spoke out and helped achieve these victories for the animals!












UK: A Christmas Gift From the UK To The Elephants of the World – Dealing In Ivory Is Now A Criminal Offence !




UK ivory ban becoming law is the best Christmas gift for the world’s threatened elephants!

20th December, 2018

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Today, we and our nine campaign partnersPDF are delighted to see the UK Government’s Ivory Bill receive Royal Assent to become law.

In future, most ivory sales in, to and from the UK will be treated as criminal offences.

Mary Rice, our Executive Director, said: “Following on the heels of China’s closure of its own domestic ivory market at the start of the year, this is the best Christmas present the UK could have given the world’s threatened elephant populations in Africa and Asia.

“The Ivory Bill becoming law is an important move which recognises the need to take firm action to protect elephant populations from poaching and ivory trafficking.

After years of sustained campaigning, we welcome the news and hope that countries which still have legal domestic ivory markets will see this as the standard to aspire to.”

Source – Environmental Investigation Agency (London) –


WAV Comment –  ‘Yes’ – Job Done !!!