Throughout our history we’ve accomplished far too much to list here and we’ve still got a long way to go before we reach our mission. But, take a look at some of the things you’ve helped us achieve recently, and feel inspired to help us do more!
Taking the bull by the horns
Economic challenges for our charity
It’s been a tough financial year for everybody. Sadly this has often resulted in more cases of neglect and abandonment as people struggle to cope.
We’ve taken the bull by the horns, launching fantastic interactive resources to help shape attitudes of the next generation of pet owners.
In 2011, we found homes for 244 horses and, thanks to our recent horse fostering appeal, twice as many horses are being cared for by horse fosterers until they can find permanent homes. This means we have more room in our centres for horses in need.
Maintaining welfare standards
In some cases our achievements have been to simply not let things slip.
We had to fight hard to maintain standards for lab animals in the UK when new legislation, which improved the lives of animals used in research across Europe, threatened to weaken laws at home.
Escalating costs at the supermarket challenged consumer choices at the supermarket. Yet, in 2011 389 million farmed animals were reared under our higher welfare scheme, Freedom Food.
And recently, thanks to increased awareness, free-range egg consumption passed the 50 per cent mark for the first time - a huge victory!
Tackling animal cruelty
We’re still tackling neglect and cruelty - we always will. One of the most shocking recent cases was that of Maggie May.
At just six months old Maggie May's neck was broken, she’d been stabbed with a potato peeler and her leg was badly damaged. Everyone is delighted that Maggie May is now fighting fit, and her abusers were successfully prosecuted.
Remember Anne the last circus Elephant?
2011 saw Anne pack her trunk and say goodbye to the circus. Sadly, despite government promises we’ve yet to see a complete ban on wild animals used in circuses, but we’re still fighting for The Big Stop.
Looking to the future
We’ve made five pledges to improve the lives of millions of more animals over the next five years.
However we are a charity, and are reliant on your support, so please take one action today and help us make the next year just as successful as the last.
Thank you. We couldn't do all of this without you.