Ethiopia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in Africa, with an impressive natural heritage and it is here that Born Free Foundation Ethiopia (BFFE) was officially established in 2008 to support the conservation and welfare of wild animals in Ethiopia, especially by tackling illegal trade and ownership.
This Centre, known as Ensessakotteh which means Animal Foot Print in Amharic, is the first of its kind in the region. Ensessakotteh is not a zoo. It provides rehabilitation facilities and lifetime care for injured and orphaned animals as well as for wild animals confiscated from illegal trade and ownership. Wherever possible rescued animals will be released back in to the wild, under carefully considered release protocols, in collaboration with the Wildlife Authority – EWCA. Continue reading →
In May, The Bat Conservation Trust was selected to receive a £1,000 donation as part of Animal Friends’ Employee of the Month scheme. The Bat Conservation Trust works to secure the future of bats in our changing world by monitoring, studying and protecting bats UK’s as well conserving their natural landscapes.
Bats have suffered huge declines in recent history due to loss of roosting habitats. Bats roost in trees, caves and buildings; building renovations, conversions and new developments have all impacted negatively on bats. Changes in farming has resulted in the use of pesticide and the loss of hedgerows, meaning bats have seen their food supply dwindle (insects) and lost vital foraging habitat. Numbers are dangerously low in some bat populations, with fewer than 1000 grey long-eared bats located at just ten roost sites in the country and only one known greater mouse-eared bat left in the UK. Continue reading →
Plans to build a new breeding centre to supply beagles for animal testing have been submitted to the planning committee for East Riding in Yorkshire. The company, named B&K Universal, is a branch of Marshal BioResources and has argued that certain laws require new medication to be tested on animals before human trials can take place. The plans put forward would see a large structure built that would be capable of supplying 2,000 dogs a year.
As an animal lover I find the fact that we still test on animals absolutely shocking, especially in this day and age when advances in science mean that more and more alternative ways of testing are cropping up. However, what I find even more disturbing in cases like this is that the company already has a licence from the Home Office to breed the beagles for such a use. They also already own the land at the site, with their initial plans being rejected by the planning committee in January due to breaches of planning laws such as noise pollution; nothing to do with the morality of using beagles for testing. So if these new plans are in keeping with the committee’s laws, then there is every chance that the project will be given the green light; disgusting. Continue reading →