Day: April 2, 2022

How you can support animal protection organisations in Ukraine.

With tensions involving Ukraine having descended into war, we find ourselves in deeply troubling times and stand in solidarity with everyone affected.

All EU Member States have a possibility to apply exemptions on the non-commercial movement of pets due to an exceptional situation (Article 32 of Regulation (EU) 576/2013). 

We are glad to report that several EU Member States temporarily lifted restrictions on the movements of pets. This is allowing refugees to bring their pets, and other small animals, with them. The Members States are:

Poland (information in UA, PL, EN) 

Latvia (information in LV, EN)

Hungary (information in UA, HU, EN) 

Romania (information in RO, EN, FR) 

Czechia (information in UA, CZ, EN)

Slovakia (information under point 10, in UA, SK, EN) 

Italy (information in IT)

Germany (information in DE)

Belgium (information in FR, NL, EN) 

Finland (information in FI, SE, EN) 

Ireland (information in EN) 

Denmark (information in DK, EN) 

The Netherlands (information in NL)

Sweden (information in UA, EN) 

Estonia (information in EST)

Croatia (information in HR)


Some members are actively working, or collaborating with other organisations, on the ground. If you would like to support those protecting the animals caught up in Russia’s war on Ukraine, you could consider making a donation to these organisations working in Ukraine or with animals coming from Ukraine:

Deutscher Tierschutzbund – Shelter Tierschutzzentrum Odessa 

Four Paws  

Humanny Pokrok is donating 100% of their e-shop income to support Ukraine

Open Cages


Společnost pro zvířata

GATO – Animal protection and advocacy Lithuania

World Horse Welfare – British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund

Other organisations collecting donations:




Lucky strand

Happy paw

UAAA (Ukrainian association of animal advocates)

Fundacja Viva! Polska

Gyvunu Geroves Iniciatyvos

Save the Dogs and other Animals

Rifugio Italia Kiev

Emergency appeal for Ukrainian zoos (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria)

Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation

Shelter Ugolyok

Kyiv Animal Rescue

Vet Crew

Shelter Sirius

Save a Fox

Gostomel Shelter

Help from Romania

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has shared a list of Romanian Animal Shelters who are accepting refugee animals from Ukraine (some offer shelter for any species, including farm animals): 

Save our paws, Iasi Romania

Association Riga si Berlin, Bucharest, Romania

Animal Society

Adapostul Speranta (Hope Shelter), Bucharest

Casa lui Patrocle, Suceava (very close to the Ukrainian border – also accepts farm animals)

Regards Mark

England: More Badger. – More than one third of England’s badgers now killed as legal battle begins over new Northern Ireland cull.

© Provided by The Independent
Northern Ireland’s badgers are set to be shot officially for the first time

This is an addition to our last post on the badger cull issue –

More Badger – 2/4/22.

At least a third of England’s badger population has been killed in the government’s drive to stamp out bovine tuberculosis, new figures show.Last year, 33,687 of the animals were culled, bringing the total since the campaign began in 2013 to at least 175,000. Estimates put England’s badger population at between 400,000 and 500,000.

The government announced last year’s toll as wildlife campaigners launched a legal battle over plans to begin culling the species in Northern Ireland.

Wild Justice, a lobby group involving wildlife presenter Chris Packham, together with the Northern Ireland Badger Group, is challenging the decision in the courts.

As last year’s English cull tally was revealed, Britain’s Badger Trust warned: “The scale of the attack on one of Britain’s best-loved animals could lead to badgers disappearing from areas across the country and populations becoming unviable in others.”

It said the proportion shot while free running – which may leave injured badgers to die slow deaths – rather than being caged and trapped hit a record of nearly nine out of 10.

The 33,687 was a slight fall on annual figures for 2020 and 2019, but higher than any previous year.

Badgers are known to spread TB, and the government insists its strategy is working. TB infections force farmers to have thousands of cattle culled early each year.

But opponents strongly dispute the efficacy of the cull, saying when badgers are killed, survivors move away from their habitats, potentially carrying disease to new areas.

Peter Hambly, executive director at the Badger Trust, said: “Most people oppose the cull, yet they don’t realise the cull is intensifying and getting worse in its nature, threatening one of the greatest mammals this country has.  We should be protecting badgers, not attacking this protected native species.

“The number of badgers unnecessarily slaughtered every year accounts now for over 35 per cent of the estimated badger population in England and Wales, whilst the percentage of cattle killed each year is less than 0.5 per cent.”

He said the Welsh government was addressing “the root cause of the issue, cattle-cattle transmission”.

Scotland has been declared officially bTB free without a badger cull but with rigorous biosecurity, including risk-based trading of cattle, he said.

The government says it is phasing out culls to replace them with vaccination.

Last month, Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister Edwin Poots announced the first badger cull in the province, saying it was “the most cost-effective and practical way forward” and would be carried out by specially trained farmers.

The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals campaigned against a badger cull, presenting a petition with 10,000 signatures to Northern Ireland’s assembly.

Wild Justice, the Northern Ireland Badger Group (NIBG) and Born Free this week filed an application for judicial review of this decision at the Royal Courts of Justice in Northern Ireland and asked for an early hearing.

Mike Rendle, of NIBG, said: “This indiscriminate badger cull will kill thousands of badgers using a method that has been branded by the UK government’s independent expert panel as ineffective and inhumane.”

A government spokesperson said: “Bovine TB is one of the most difficult and intractable animal health challenges that the livestock sector in England faces today, causing considerable trauma for farmers and costing taxpayers over £100m every year.

“Our bovine TB eradication strategy has led to a significant reduction in this insidious disease. As a result of the progress made, we are now able to move on to the next phase of the long-term eradication strategy, including steps to expand badger vaccination alongside improved cattle testing and a possible cattle vaccine.

“We have always been clear we don’t want to continue the badger cull longer than absolutely necessary.”

Natural England says it monitors culling daily to ensure the local extinction of badgers is avoided and to ensure the “humaneness, safety and effectiveness” of culls.

More than one third of England’s badgers now killed as legal battle begins over new Northern Ireland cull (

Regards Mark

Do the nation a favour – Cull useless politicians, not Badgers