Let's DO this
Image Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/ We Animals
We are concerned about the exploitation, neglect and abuse of all animals
Our work spans all sectors of animal use including companion (your pooch), farmed, wildlife and medical/scientific testing. Individual instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation are terrible and must be addressed, but our focus is the institutional failings that may allow abuse to go unchecked.
To give an idea of what we mean by this - consider puppy farming in Ireland. It's no secret that there have been serious welfare breaches in some registered (legal) puppy farms. Farms that are required as part of their registration to reach certain standards, and where local authority vets were meant to inspect these farms to make sure the these standards are maintained. Yet despite this system which should safeguard the dogs - we were still being made aware of welfare problems. We wanted to know what was going wrong with the enforcement of the legislation that meant these problems were slipping through the net. Investigating this lead us to realise the problems presenting in puppy farms were indicative of much broader, systemic issues in the operation of public bodies and how they approached animal welfare issues. Yes, the legislation was being enforced in a patchy and inconsistent way, but the reason why this was, and still is happening, is due to a host of problems. Problems such as a broken Freedom of Information process, an apparent lack of regulation of the veterinary profession, deficiencies in the application of planning and environmental legislation and an overarching failure of government ministers to ensure that local authorities are operating in compliance with the law. And this is just puppy farming...
Yup! We know that addressing these issues is a huge task. But we feel strongly that it needs to be done. If we never work to expose and address these underlying problems, then all the efforts to help animals will remain the proverbial "ambulance at the bottom of the cliff".
All of this work takes a huge amount of time and uses resources. We need your support to do this. If you would like to help us, we would be incredibly grateful (like super-duper-ridiculously-happy) if you would consider making a donation. You can make a once off, or recurring donation.
You can find detailed information about our past and ongoing projects in our blog. We will explain why we believe each of these areas is important and as matters progress we will explain what funds we have spent on each issue and why.
Some of our areas of work/topics we have written about (this will be an ever expanding list):