Despite the pandemic, our work to protect animals around the world continues.
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Dear friend,

People all over the world are facing new challenges brought forward by the current pandemic, but we cannot forget about the animals who need our help, too. It is up to us to be a voice for the voiceless and ensure that animals are not forgotten as much of the world remains in lockdown.

 

Over the last month, we have focused our efforts on redirecting our plans for the year to help the animals who need us most, like elephants facing starvation in Thailand, the animals still requiring care after the Australia bushfires earlier this year, and the millions of animals affected by the global wildlife trade.

 

To end the suffering of millions of wild animals used as entertainment, food, medicine, and pets, we’re uniting our focus to achieve greater impact. Keep reading for updates on our global campaign work, made possible thanks to your ongoing support.

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Shifting focus: addressing the root causes of animal exploitation

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Over the last few years, a significant part of our work focused on ending animal cruelty in tourism, from finding animal-friendly alternatives to riding elephants and swimming with dolphins, to ending cruel breeding farms that enable the industry to grow exponentially. Now is the time to unite all of our campaigns and push for a change larger than anything we’ve seen before.

We cannot go back to normal. We must end the global wildlife trade.

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How you’re continuing to help Australian wildlife recover

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While the media attention has mostly moved on from the Australian bushfires, our work continues. We have provided funds and supplies to local organizations in Australia, including Hunter Wildlife Rescue and Native Animal Rescue Group. We were so excited to learn that Hunter Wildlife Rescue was able to release some kangaroos back into the wild this spring. Keep reading to see more pictures of the adorable young kangaroos before they were released!

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Taking the opportunity to build a better world for wild animals

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When wild animals are left in the wild, and people keep a safe distance and protect wild habitats, the planet becomes a much safer, healthier place. The exploitation of wild animals costs us our health, the environment, and the economy; we have an urgent obligation to end the global wildlife trade, and this pandemic has presented an unprecedented opportunity.

Keep reading to learn how we are pushing global leaders to build a better world for wild animals.

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Meet the elephants you’re helping at Following Giants

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As tourism comes to a halt during the hottest and driest season of the year in Thailand, you’ve been helping us keep elephants at high-welfare venues fed and healthy. The elephants at Following Giants have been rescued from a life of cruel entertainment, or working in the logging industry, and rely on their human carers. As they learn to be elephants again in their new home, their personalities are really shining through.

Click here to meet Jahn, Sow, and Tanwa!

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Shedding light on the illegal exotic pet trade

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Did you know that the infamous “reptile dealer” that led Tiger King producers to film Joe Exotic was arrested for smuggling exotic animals and is connected to the illegal reptile trade in Canada? Tom Crutchfield was one of many reptile dealers who got caught for illegally trading reptiles during a five-year probe into an international exotic animal smuggling ring conducted by authorities in the US, Canada and other countries in the 1990s.

The exotic reptile trade is yet another facet of the global wildlife trade and we will continue to urge Canadian provinces to strengthen exotic pet laws.

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