Art for Animals

June 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Picture Compassion with Art for Animals
Deadline is July 28!

We hope you’re hard at work creating fresh perspectives to help illustrate NAVS’ message of hope and compassion. 

NAVS’ annual Art for Animals contest provides an opportunity for artists of all skills and ages to create images that inspire others to extend compassion, respect and justice for all animals.

Submissions may be digitally-created artwork or digital reproductions of original paintings, illustrations or photographs. Artwork files may only be submitted via email, CD/DVD-ROM or portable flash drive. Physical artwork cannot be accepted.

Cash prizes will be given to First, Second and Third Place winners, one Youth (age 12 and under) winner, and one Best in Show winner. Your artwork could also appear in NAVS’ print and online messages throughout the year.

Whether you’re paying tribute to an animal in your life, or appreciating animals in the world around you, Art for Animals 2017 provides an opportunity to get creative and give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

For complete guidelines and to see previous winners, visit

Yulin Festival 2017

June 18, 2017 Leave a comment

With the horrific torture fest of Yulin happening this week despite everyone’s attempts to ban this brutality, we want to share with you some positive news and thank you for all your donations and support. We cannot stop this festival – it’s up to the Chinese government to stop it, or not – but it has significantly reduced in size since we first took to the streets in 2012. Unfortunately media attention and celebrity interest has encouraged butchers to increase the prices they charge for the dogs, and dogs are being shipped in especially just so ‘rescuers’ can buy them only abandoning them to die after the festival has ended. Talk of closing slaughterhouses there has only ever been talk, since most slaughterhouses are makeshift anyway.It is our decision along with respected groups to boycott Yulin. This does not mean we won’t save dogs bound for slaughter. Our group was one of the first to work with activists in China stopping trucks. It just means we will not hand over money to dog meat butchers and thus increase demand. Throughout May and this month also we have been staking out warehouses where the stolen pets are kept and working to raid them. These trucks do not just go to Yulin they are on the move in broad daylight regularly to Dongbei which is in the North of China. Here there is a large Korean population and over 400-500 dogs are brutally slaughtered daily. 
Our pledge this Yulin is to take in up to 100 lives and keep them in our shelter south of Beijing caring for them until they find homes. Rescue is only ever the beginning of a long journey for the animals and the people who care for them. On June 21st, our London Team will join protests outside the Chinese Embassy as well as spreading awareness in Chinatown. Our CEO Julia also has a meeting with the OIE (World Health Organisation) to discuss our concerns on food safety and reiterate the systematic torture that they fail to address. We do this to stand in solidarity with activists in Asia giving them a voice, and it is also a wonderful way people can meet our rescues.
This year we will have Annabel with us. Annabel is an apricot chow chow, gentle and kind. She was on a truck bound for Yulin in 2015 and her injuries were so bad she lost her eye. Our friend Sarah Pinq rescued her and gave her refuge pending her recovery in her small shelter. Three days before we came to pick up her to start her new life in Europe Sarah’s shelter was demolished with just 36 hours’ notice by the Government of Tianjin. Sarah is now in a holding yard with her 120 dogs and has to start from scratch and we have pledged to help her.
People like Sarah and our own Mr Zhao who runs our partner’s shelter south of Beijing are the real heroes of Yulin. They work very hard and risk their lives day in day out to make a difference and struggle just to feed the dogs. That is why we need your help to donate whatever you can. With your help we have been able to vaccinate all the dogs previously saved, build a cattery and start to microchip them. Our plan is still to build a medical facility that can be used by other small groups for a low fee helping more dogs and cats and we will let you know more how you can be involved.
Despite the sadness we hope you can enjoy the photos of our lovely rescues needing sponsors and homes and we hope you will take three minutes to watch this wonderful video which shows how dedicated Mr Zhao is.


June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Pull up a chair at Dogwoof Directors Roundtable at Sheffield Doc//Fest and join filmmakers Jairus McLearly, Jon Olshevski, Dan Sickles, Lana Wilson and Nick Broomfield as they discuss the current state and future of documentary filmmaking in a live discussion on Facebook. 

Scottish water conference 2017

June 8, 2017 Leave a comment

How can Scotland optimise its unique position in the water sector, and what opportunities exist for the supply chain? The 2017 WWT Water Scotland Conference will bring key stakeholders together to answer these questions and more on 7 December in Glasgow. With support from Scottish Water, Scottish Government and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, this is a unique opportunity to gain expert insight from water industry leaders, including:

  • Bob Irvine, Deputy director water industry, Scottish Government
  • Mark Dickson, Director of capital investment, Scottish Water
  • Terry A’Hearn, Chief executive officer, SEPA
  • Sue Petch, Drinking water quality regulator, Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland
  • Dr Marc Stutter, Lead of the waters research programme, The James Hutton Institute
  • Sara Thiam, Regional director, Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland
  • Johanna Dow, Chief executive officer, Business Stream
  • Sam Ghibaldan, Consumer futures unit manager, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Mark Bevan, Chief executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry


Attend this CPD-certified event to:

  • Hear directly from Scottish Water to reflect on SR15
  • Address how to maintain a resilient and environmentally secure water industry
  • Discuss how water will be operated, managed and delivered in the future
  • Learn about the innovative projects currently underway in Scotland

Last year’s event sold out, so early booking is essential. Book now to guarantee your place.

Fox hunting UK

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Today, Wednesday June 7, US animal advocates can weigh in on the UK fox hunt, or, preferably, on the treatment of animals here in the US, in response to an article in USA Today titled, “Fox hunting a battleground in U.K. general election; Animal rights groups angry at Theresa May’s support for it.” (Page 3A). That second part of the heading (which does not appear in the online version) is a little misleading, and perhaps indicative of what reporters are used to seeing the US, where both major parties support hunting and only animal rights activists are assumed to oppose it. The article, however, by Jane Onyanga-Omara tells us, “The Labour Party is urging people to sign a petition against overturning the ban.”
Not mentioned in this USA Today article is that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recently tweeted, “Fox hunting is barbarous. Under my Labour government it will remain banned and we will advance animal rights. #KeepTheBan ”

You’ll find the full USA Today article on line at

It badly needs comments underneath it. Please join the conversation. Also, please consider a quick letter to USA Today, using the article as a springboard for your words on behalf of animals. USA Today takes letters at or via this form: and advises, “Letters are edited for accuracy, clarity and length. Submissions of 200 words or fewer have the best chance of being published. Letters that include a name, address, day and evening phone numbers, and that are verified by USA TODAY, are considered for publication.”

Animals here in the US need your attention and your voice. Please take a moment for them, and write a few words. 

Ban UK live exports

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Whatever the result of the UK general election tomorrow, let’s make this the beginning of the end for live exports.

Despite increasing opposition and protest amongst the general public, and even MPs, live exports are still occurring from the UK. For decades, successive British governments have blamed EU free trade law for their failure to ban this abhorrent trade.

With Brexit underway, there are now no more excuses.

We only have a limited window of opportunity to push a ban to the top of the list for the new Parliament. With your support, we’ll fight for a better future for farm animals, and for live exports to be made illegal from the day the UK leaves the EU.

Elephants in the news

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

An in-depth report on IFAW’s tenBoma programme has just been featured on NBC, one of the US’ biggest news channels. It explains what we’re trying to achieve so well that we wanted you to see it, too!
Reporters travelled to Kenya to interview our Chief of Staff and tenBoma programme architect, Lt Col Faye Cuevas, about the work we’re doing to protect elephants and fight poachers.

Faye talks about how seeing her first elephant in the wild changed her life – so much so that she moved her family to Africa and is now using the skills she learned in the military to stop poachers before they kill.

In the report, IFAW’s tenBoma programme is featured front and centre as one of the leading conservation efforts helping to combat poachers and the larger criminal networks that traffic ivory around the world.

With the tenBoma framework, IFAW, in coordination with local and global partners, uses information collected from communities, wildlife rangers, and police to predict – and prevent – a poacher’s next strike.

Every year, 20,000 elephants are killed for their ivory – that’s 55 elephants each day. Our mission is to bring this number down to zero. Thank you for standing with us.