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OneKind runs campaigns to improve the lives of animals by affecting public policy - together we can create a more compassionate world. 

Help ban fox hunting in Scotland for good

The problem

Before the ban was introduced there were ten operational mounted fox hunts in Scotland. There are still ten. Whilst the law bans intentional hunting of mammals with dogs, it permits packs of dogs for stalking and flushing them (in England, Hunts are at least limited to using two dogs for flushing). Once flushed from cover or underground, the fox is meant to be shot dead as soon as it is ‘safe’ to do so. In reality this loophole allows lengthy chases of foxes by packs of hounds. To make matters worse, the law even tolerates ‘accidental’ killing by hounds that are used to flush ‘pest’ species, which includes foxes.

The solution

The Scottish Government has pledged to review the 2002 Act that brought in the ban. This is our chance to close the loophole and put an end to fox hunting in Scotland for good and ensure the law which prevents other quarry species such as hares, deer and mink from being hunted, continues to protect them.

Homes are no place for monkey business

The problem

Thousands of primates are being confined in UK homes. Marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys are among some of primates being kept as pets, destined for life-long suffering in an unnatural environment. Many of these animals have been found to be socially isolated and kept in cramped and barren conditions.

The solution

We believe the welfare needs of primates can never be met in a house, shed or garden cage and that these complex animals are unsuitable companion animals. 15 European countries have already introduced bans on keeping primates as pets, for either all or some species. We now call on the governments in the UK to follow.

Welfare in the Wild

The problem

Wild animals in the UK get a rough deal. They suffer as a result of human persecution and are not protected by law to the same extent farmed and domestic animals are. Wild animals are often victims of trapping, snaring, hunting and culling yet their ability to feel pain and suffer is no different to any other animal.

The solution

OneKind works to expose the suffering of wild animals caused by a lack of legislation. This along with a Government endorsed Wild Animal Welfare Committee, a UK-wide ban on snaring, better protection for seals, an end to culling of species perceived as ‘pests’, and more effective enforcement of wildlife crimes will help get the message across that wild animals are not fair game.

 

Pet Origins

The problem

The pet trade has become too large and unregulated resulting in poor welfare standards. Many people are unaware where their pets come from, with animals bought and sold like commodities with little protection for either animal or consumer. The rise in demand for exotic species has increased welfare issues and abandonment when the novelty of owning an exotic pet wears off.

The solution

The Pet Animals Act 1951 which is the law covering pet trading, is seriously outdated. A review of this legislation, bringing it up to date and fit for purpose would resolve a number of problems with the pet trade. OneKind also wants to see the introduction of a positive list system to identify those animals which are suitable for being kept as pets in domestic environments.