Joining other groups in celebrating wildlife on the Isle of Wight
We work very well together with different organisations on animal protection.
This can often be seen at the beginning of October, during the run up to World Animal Day (4 October), when animal groups are busy stepping up their public awareness campaigns.
At the same time it is not unusual to find them campaigning together as coalitions, or as part of events that they are involved with in one way or another.
For instance, currently Team Badger, one of the biggest animal protection coalitions ever created in the UK (more than 30 groups), is working very closely to oppose the irrational badger cull which the Government is inflicting on British wildlife.
Another historic and successful coalition was formed by the RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports and IFAW, which campaigned for the creation of the Hunting Act 2004 before its enactment, and currently still works together to ensure the act is properly enforced.
One of the occasions when you can observe how well animal protection organisations work together towards the same goals, despite their diversity and different methodological approaches, is through events such as fairs or symposiums, where many gather under the same roof.
One of these took place on 5 October in Newport on the Isle of Wight, which was organised by the local League Against Cruel Sports group.
Now in its eighth year, LACS’s Isle Of Wight Annual Wildlife Day is a gathering where many organisations have stalls or give talks about the work they do in relation to British wildlife.
This year, the speakers included:
- Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports
- Alan Knight, CEO of International Animal Rescue
- James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer and Mark Buggie, Inspector for RSPCA
- Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles
- Mark Earp, Amphibian Specialist and Pond Conservationist
- Adrian Coward from the Somerset Badger Group
- Jeff Hayden from Badger Trust
- Mark Randell from the Brent Lodge Bird & Wildlife Trust
- Graham Street from Isle of Wight Bat Hospital
- Jane Russ from the Hare Preservation Trust
- and Steve Johns, farmer against the badger cull
I went along to give a talk representing IFAW and found the event very interesting, not only as it was a way to get an update about what each organisation is up to, but also to be able to reinforce our links, as there is nothing better in encouraging positive cooperation than seeing each other face to face and being able to discuss issues in a relaxed supportive environment.
I found the talk from the Somerset Badger Group particularly interesting because they are in the middle of one of the badger cull areas where badgers are still being shot, so most of us are paying close attention to that part of the British Isles.
I would especially like to thank Joan and Julian Tisdale not only for organising the event and inviting me along to give a talk, but also for the hard work they do on the Isle of Wight to protect wildlife.
I have known them for many years from the time I used to work for the League, and I am pleased to see they continue to be on the front line despite all the difficulties they encounter carrying out their hard work.
It’s good to see so many wildlife protectionists working together.