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WWF Over the Moon With Earth Hour Success

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alister
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Mar 31 2010

Earth Hour LondonWWF charity officials are absolutely chuffed with the response to this year’s Earth Hour, where millions of people around the world joined forces to highlight public support for action on climate change. The now an annual global event crossed all seven continents in 125 countries, with more than 4,000 cities and towns taking part, making it the biggest switch off ever. People were asked to sign up and switch off their lights for one hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 27th March 2010, and boy did they do so in great numbers!

CEO of WWF UK, David Nussbaum, said -

The largest ever number of countries, people and landmarks joined forces for Earth Hour this year. It was a visible demonstration of the enormous level of support there is around the world, for a united effort to tackle climate change,” “WWF now asks that World Leaders listen to the millions of people who took part, and finish the job they started in Copenhagen last year by creating a fair and ambitious global climate deal.

In the UK alone, landmarks that were plunged into darkness for Earth Hour included Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Number 10 Downing Street, Edinburgh Castle, Belfast City Hall and Wales Millennium Stadium. Other interesting global Earth Hour facts include -

  • Google registered 56.1 million mentions of Earth Hour in the lead up 24 hours
  • The island government of Tuvali asked that no vehicles should be on the road during Earth Hour
  • 31 US State Governors supported Earth Hour
  • Major icons in Paris went dark including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louvre
  • The Prime Minister and President of Pakistan turned off their lights for Earth Hour

Praising the event, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said -

Earth Hour is both a warning and a beacon of hope. By switching off non-essential lights for an hour, people will join a symbolic display that can inspire the change we so urgently need. As we watch the lights go out from continent to continent, let us reflect on the fragility and importance of our natural heritage and pledge to protect it for a sustainable future for all.

Help WWF UK with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

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WWF UK Applaud Interpol Illegal Medicine Investigation

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alister
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Mar 5 2010

INTERPOL seizure WWF UK is absolutely over the moon that ‘Operation Tram’, INTERPOL’s targeting of the illegal trade in medicines that contain protected wildlife products, has seized millions of pounds worth of illegal medicines. The contraband, worth more than 10million Euro’s, has resulted in many arrests across the globe during the international operation.

‘Operation Tram’ was the outstanding work of wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and specialized units from 18 countries across all five continents that ran between 1st – 28th February 2010, and is one of the biggest seizures of illegal medicines containing endangered animal and plant species ever.

> > Click here to read the full INTERPOL media release

WWF-UK’s wildlife charity trade advisor, Heather Sohl, said -

Given that this crosses many borders, co-ordinating effective efforts to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife is not easy. However, this UK-inspired operation proves what’s possible. It’s great to see 18 countries all working simultaneously to investigate and curtail the trade in traditional medicines containing threatened species.  This can be a blueprint for future action on other areas of illicit wildlife trade too.

During the month-long operation, large amounts of medicines containing ingredients such as tiger, bear and rhinoceros were discovered by investigating groups of individuals and companies. Hopefully this will put a big dent into the resources of what is a truly horrific trade.

Help WWF UK with a Charity Gift

The WWF is a non profit organisation who can only sustain their tireless work in saving the planet and its inhabitants through donations. You can help raise funds through the WWF Adopt an Animal scheme.

From as little as £3 a month you receive a certificate, a print of your animal, a greetings card, and a soft toy that would make a fantastic charity gift for a loved one.

> > Click here to Adopt an Animal with WWF UK

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Inhumane Animal Transport Must Stop

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alister
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Oct 15 2009

Compassion in World Farming is appealing to companies across the globe to put a stop to the millions of animals being transported huge distances, only to be slaughtered. Long distance transport is not only cruel and inhumane, but also totally unnecessary.

Around 6 million farm animals in Europe alone are transported huge distances for slaughter, with some journeys taking up to 70 hours. The animals are jammed tight into hot, overcrowded trucks with no water or food, and many die during the journey. These poor animals deserve better treatment, and hopefully will, thanks to Compassion in World farmings tireless campaigning to reveal and document those who inflict this mindless suffering.

Compassion in World Farming has been working to end cruelty to farm animals for over 30 years, and has managed to make a significant reduction in the number of long distance journeys farm animals have to suffer. By exposing those who breach the law by using video footage to make formal complaints to the European Commission, Compassion in World Farming will continue to fight for the rights of farm animals across the globe.

> > Click here to make a donation to Compassion in World Farming

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Compassion in World Farming – Chicken Out!

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alister
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Oct 1 2009

Compassion in World Farming‘s Chicken Out campaign is for people who believe that chickens deserve a free range life and should not be couped up in battery farms. More and more people across the globe are choosing free range eggs, with sales up by 35% on last year alone.

The Chicken Out campaign has now attracted over 166,000 supporters, and thanks to the lobbying of MP’s and supermarkets, plus spreading the word to family and friends, the possibility of a free range future is slowly becoming reality.

Thanks to the tireless campaigning of Compassion in World Farming -

  • MPs have supported a parliamentary motion to improve standards
  • The introduction of clearer labelling on chicken
  • More retailers are promoting free range food

Chicken Out are looking to raise £100,000 to help give ALL chickens a free-range life. Despite the ongoing work, only 10% of chickens reared in the UK are free range, with the other 90% living their lives in dark cramped conditions. If more consumers knew the truth about intensive farming it may lead to more compassionate shopping.

By making a one off donation to Compassion in World Farming’s Chicken Out campaign, you will be providing funds to help tackle the big supermarkets, whilst also taking the fight to end the cruelty of intensive chicken farming to both Westminster and Brussels. Or if you feel strongly commited to the cause, you could make a small monthly donation to help maintain constant pressure on the food industry and policy makers.

> > Click here to make a donation to Compassion in World Farming

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Compassion in World Farming Campaigning for Animal Welfare

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alister
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Aug 15 2008

More than a quarter of a million dairy calves were exported or shot at birth last year after being deemed surplus to the requirements of the dairy and beef industry. This statistic is worrying the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) charity, who have been campaigning for better animal welfare for nearly 40 years.

Female calves are born to produce milk, whilst male calves are generally deemed surplus to requirements as they are unable to produce milk and are considered unsuitable for beef. Many are separated from their mother at birth and taken to the continent to be reared for veal. The animals are transported in tiny spaces with hundreds of other calves, suffering distress, injuries and severe weight loss. The calves are then cramped into terrible conditions with no bedding and fed on a low iron diet to keep their flesh pale.

The Compassion in World Farming charity is working to encourage farmers to change from breeds designed purely for maximum milk yield, and to dual-purpose breeds which are also suitable for beef production. They are also currently lobbying governments across the world to replace a trade in live animals with a trade in meat, and to tighten limits on journey times for animals transported for fattening or slaughter.

Having been instrumental in securing the EU ban on veal crates which came into effect last year, the CIWF need your support to help create a better life for the billions of other animals across the world each year farmed for food. With your help they can try and put an end to the suffering today.

> > click here to make a donation and find out more about the work of the CIWF

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