How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on Care2.com asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - Care2.com will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

SUCCESS: 
The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Buying power helps wildlife

Palm oil is used in thousands of products people use every single day, from chocolate to shampoo.  The problem is, that the huge demand for palm oil is destroying the world's rainforests.

Ethical Consumer and the Rainforest Foundation have joined forces to launch a campaign to encourage consumers to buy best rated products.

As most forest land in Africa is ‘owned’ by the state, the areas for new palm oil plantations have mostly been signed away Africa – the new palm oil frontier with little or no concern for the many tens of thousands of people already living there.  Oil palm is native to Africa’s equatorial region, and tends to grow best wherever rainforests are found. 

In the forests of West and Central Africa, governments have given vast areas to mostly Asian companies in recent years to clear the land for large plantations of oil palm.  The people who live there depend on the forest for wild foods, medicine, fresh water, firewood and wood for building their homes.

The production of palm oil is usually linked in people's minds to the destruction of irreplaceable rainforests in places such as in Indonesia and Malaysia, home to wildlife such as the orang utan and tiger.  And some of the same companies responsible for this destruction are now expanding into Africa.  Areas important for great apes such as gorillas and chimpanzees are in danger, along with the habitat of many other wildlife species.

Olam, a palm oil company in Gabon, has committed to avoid destroying ‘high conservation value’ forest, and has even given such areas back to the government.  We need more palm oil companies to do the same. 

Ethical Consumer has palm oil guides to show which products have palm oil, and thus give you the power to avoid products with it.  Here's how they came up with their rating.

They've rated the palm oil usage of companies that produce:

  • chocolate
  • bread
  • biscuits
  • skincare
  • make-up
  • hair products
  • party food
  • cleaning products

Hopefully we, as consumers, can force companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil and not cut down the native forests in the Congo basin in Africa. 

So here's the guide.   Take a look at it, and highlight those products you are using now which are are harmful to the rainforests and which are most likely to protect the animals you & I care about.  

Let's turn our consumer power into a voice to help animals.

 
Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.