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  1. There are some really inspiring people around in the animal world.

    Free the Bears rescue sun and moon bears from the most dreadful conditions and look after them in their sanctuaries in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  You may have seen the charity on the programme Bears About the House on BBC2 with Giles Clark back in 2020. 

    In 2020, the coronavirus put an abrupt halt to any of the normal fundraising activities the charity undertakes to raise funds to care for the bears.  So they asked bear lovers around the world to help raise funds by spending a night in a cage!

    51 bear lovers took part - and the amazing thing is that they raised enough funds to pay for the care of 240 rescued bears for two months by spending a night in a cage!

    Visit their You Tube Channel here

    Night in a Cage 2021

    So on 29 May 2021, they are asking us to raise funds and awareness for the bears by spending a #Nightinacage.  There are over 230 bears currently in the charity's care.

    Find out more and get involved here.


  2. Tell Eastern African Authorities: Ban The Donkey Skin Trade. Sign the Official Petition Now.

    Tell Eastern African Authorities:
    Ban The Donkey Skin Trade.
    Sign the Official Petition Now.

    Eastern Africa has the highest donkey population in the world.

    So it’s a hotspot for donkey skin traders.

    The Brooke says that donkeys are cruelly slaughtered.  Their skins are used to make Chinese medicine and beauty products.

    Uganda and Kenya have bans on exporting donkey skins in place.

    But we need bans across eastern Africa to stop the donkey skin traders for good.

    The Brooke has a petition calling on the equivalent of the EU in eastern Africa to push for a ban right across the entire region.  This will protect donkeys – and help the owners who need them.

    The Brooke say that at the moment, the restrictions covering the donkey skin trade are inconsistent, so traders exploit those areas where the laws and their enforcement are weakest of all.   They are stealing and slaughtering thousands of donkeys.

    The Brooke is calling on IGAD to push for a ban across the whole region.

    Pressure from Brooke supporters has helped secure a ban in Kenya.  

    Kenya today, tomorrow the world. 

    We need to act fast to protect the theft and slaughter of donkeys.

    Please sign this petition


    Please sign the petition here




    I adore horses, so loved to see the happy horses at Northcote Heavy Horse Centre having fun in their field in the morning!

    The centre is based in Lincolnshire, near Skegness.   Their main aim is to give a peaceful, rich and rewarding life to the animals in their care, and to give them a forever, loving home. 

    They also help educate the public on the legacy and history of the horse, and the impact of the horse on the world today.

    The coronavirus has hit them hard

    Like so many places, they have had to close during the coronavirus but they say the good news is that they will be opening up soon – we all  need to keep an eye on their Facebook page to watch for news!

    This is very good news because the centre needs help if it is to get through at the moment.   The centre was opened in 1988 and it has had many horses and animals through its doors, giving them a loving, caring forever home. 

    You can see their current animals here – not just horses and ponies!  There are also ferrets, pigs, alpacas, terrapins and turtles, goats and birds of prey!  One big happy family, needing help.

     This is miniature Shetland pony Merlin
    This is  Merlin, the miniature Shetland who came to the centre in 2014

    This is Rosie, a rare Suffolk Punch - isn't she beautiful?!

    And this is Rosie, a rare Suffolk Punch – what a beautiful girl she is!

    Ways to help the Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre:

    Kick up your heels and canter over to their Facebook page.

    Gallop off to the Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre's website here

    Images on this blog © Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre