We couldn't make progress for animals without the help of compassionate people who campaign in their spare time. Here are some easy actions you can take to help our current campaigns to succeed.
1. Choose cruelty-free food
Going vegan is the single biggest step we can all take to help animals. Sadly, the Covid-19 outbreak means that we are not able to send out our physical Vegan Packs at present. However, you can download a free copy of our Guide to Going Vegan, as well as our Guide to Plant Based Cooking on a Budget. You might also like to check out our tips for vegan shopping and cooking at this difficult time.
2. Ask the Welsh Government for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses
CCTV has been compulsory for slaughterhouses in England since late 2018, and the Scottish government also plans to introduce this measure. The Welsh Government has not yet taken this vital step. In spring and summer 2019, Animal Aid filmed inside a Welsh slaughterhouse, and we were shocked at the brutality and incompetence we uncovered.
While slaughter can never be cruelty-free, independently monitored CCTV would help to protect vulnerable animals from gratuitous suffering.
Write to the Welsh Government now!
3. Stop peregrine falcon chicks being taken from their nests
Natural England has issued licences for peregrine falcon chicks to be taken and used as part of unnecessary breeding programmes for falconry. We believe the rights of these birds to remain in their natural habitat should be prioritised over this outdated hobby.
Urge Natural England to revoke these licences!
4. Help squirrels by writing to your local newspaper
While social media is a great place to stand up for grey squirrels, writing to your local newspaper can be a brilliant way to reach new audiences. We have put together some example letters that you can use to help you do this.
You can find the contact details of your local newspaper’s letters page on their website, or in the newspaper. If you need help finding this, please get in touch.
5. Help save wildlife from being killed
Are wild animals in danger near you? If you know about a business, local authority, school or workplace that is culling wild animals, please let us know so we can try to prevent this. We can contact the organisation with comprehensive advice on deterring wild animals humanely, and arrange to meet with them. You can use our reporting form, where you can remain anonymous if you prefer.
If you’re having problems with your own unwanted wildlife visitors, please view our humane deterrence sheets for advice.
Report a cull
6. Ask Kellogg’s to Make it Vegan!
Despite having a good range of vegan cereals, most Kellogg’s cereals contain an animal-derived version of vitamin D. Please join us in urging Kellogg’s UK to switch to a plant-based vitamin D in their cereals, which would make many of then suitable for vegans.
Sign the petition
7. Ask your MP to support a ban on the whip
Momentum is growing for a ban on the whip in racing, with an ever-increasing number of MPs calling for an end to its use.
While we would like to see a complete end to this cruel and exploitative ‘sport’, a ban on the whip would be a major step forward for horses.Please write to your MP and ask them to support a ban on the whip, too.
8. Ask the Minister to ban game bird cages
On game bird farms across the country, pheasants and partridges are kept in cages. They cannot express natural behaviours such as foraging, dustbathing, roosting and flying despite the Code of Practice saying that they must.
This suffering cannot continue, and we know the Minister is sympathetic to this issue. That is why we are asking you to contact your MP today, and urge him or her to write directly to Zac Goldsmith, the relevant Minister.Write to your MP now
9. Ask the government to support a transition to plant-based farming
Animal Aid and other organisations, public figures and academics have written to the UK government, calling on it to support farmers in transitioning to kinder, more sustainable plant-based farming or diversification out of animal agriculture.
Lend your support to our call!
Thank you so much for your help.
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