THE UK’s newest animal charity was launched in London on Wednesday of this week with the avowed aim of aiding thousands of sick, starving and abandoned animals across the world – with the help of animal-loving British holidaymakers.
Animals Worldwide was formed by Suzy Gale, wife of Tory MP Roger Gale, former chairman of the All-Party Committee for Animal Welfare and a long-time campaigner for animal welfare in the UK.
Animals Worldwide is being supported by notable organisations including Dogs Trust, Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, The Kennel Club, Wood Green Animal Shelters, SNIP International & CATSNIP.
As reported previously, the charity has been established to assist in the worldwide endeavour to bring neglectful and wilful cruelty of animals to an end, saving starving street dogs and stray cats that are to be seen on so many streets in cities and towns all over the world – many of them popular holiday destinations.
Mrs Gale told OUR DOGS: ‘Animals Worldwide also recognises the value of working and farm animals to the developing world and, therefore, the need to promote the care and welfare of such animals. The larger and internationally recognised animal welfare organisations are doing sterling work but are not well-placed to give hands-on support to such smaller projects.
‘There is, therefore, a gap in the provision of care for, particularly, feral and stray cats and dogs and unwanted and discarded equines. The relationship between the economic welfare of many families and their working animals such as mules, donkeys and horses, together with livestock such as cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and chickens is explicit. If animals suffer and die, humans suffer, starve and die.’
More recently, the charity has also examined, at first-hand, the need to support those engaged in the welfare of working animals and their contribution to very many communities throughout some of the poorest countries in the world.
Holidaymakers who take pity on starving and abandoned animals in typical holiday countries can also help, adds Mrs Gale. ‘Animals Worldwide also seeks to build relationships with the tourist industry in order to harness the eyes, ears and energies of the holiday making and travelling public to identify both good and bad practice.
‘It is clear from the reports of tourists returning to the UK from overseas destinations that there is a keen interest in animal welfare and related issues and that experiences can literally make or break a holiday.
‘Animals Worldwide believes that it is therefore in the interest of both the tourist industry and of animal welfare that we recognise and seek to exploit a very significant opportunity to make real progress. With the co-operation of the tourist industry Animals Worldwide would like, when appropriate, to offer welfare-friendly gradings for resorts and hotels.
On the time-honoured principle that ‘one person can make a difference’, Animals Worldwide believes that the co-ordinated dedication and enthusiasm of those already working for animal welfare worldwide and the vast travelling public, the ‘one people’ who care, can be helped to mobilise as an enormous and effective resource.
Animals Worldwide website: www.animalsworldwide.org
For further information, contact Suzy Gale by telephoning 01843 847393/07774 841557
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