On Thursday 4th July, the British public voted in an election that will impact the lives of billions of sentient beings.

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Throughout the month of June, in the lead up to the General Election, we joined more than 20 leading animal protection organisations in backing the Crackdown on Cruelty campaign. We called upon supporters to contact their local election candidates and urge them to pledge their support for ten key animal welfare issues by 4th July. These pledges included greater protections for dogs, wildlife, farmed and exotic animals.

As always and with the help of our supporters, we will continue working hard to drive positive changes for animals across Scotland and beyond. Please continue reading to find out more about Onekind’s work in June and how you can support our campaigns. 

Bill to ban greyhound racing in Scotland moves forward in parliament

OneKind team in Scottish Parliament with MSPs and supporters launching greyhound consultation.

We are delighted that Greens MSP Mark Ruskell’s proposed Prohibition of Greyhound Racing (Scotland) Bill has received cross-party support from MSPs – which was achieved in less than 24 hours after it was lodged!

This was following analysis of the consultation about the proposed Bill, in which a large majority - more than 86% - were in favour of a ban.

Through the Unbound the Greyhound campaign action, an incredible 9,505 of you pledged your support for the proposed Bill and the consultation received nearly 800 responses.

This significant parliamentary progress comes just one year since the launch of the Unbound the Greyhound coalition campaign. In June of last year, ourselves and 8 animal welfare and grassroot groups united to work together to put an end to dog racing in Scotland.

Since June of last year, we have gained 22,655 signatures of support on the open letter, won a gold People’s Choice Award in the prestigious Smiley Charity Film Awards for the campaign’s animation and projected our message to end dog racing in Scotland onto buildings across Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far!

Read the campaign’s latest blog

Please join over 5,000 people in standing up for pigs

Sow lying in farrowing crate.

Will you join thousands of people in urging the Scottish Government to end the use of farrowing crates for mother pigs?

Incredibly, in just a matter of months since the launch of the campaign, in June we surpassed our target with well over 5,000 emails sent to the Minister for Agriculture and Connectivity, Jim Fairlie. 

Due to your support, we’ve increased our target to 6,000 and, currently, we are less than 150 emails away! Please use our e-action to send an email today, it takes just seconds of your time.

We need your help to end the use of these cramped, cruel cages which separate a sow from her piglets.

Thank you to everyone who has already take action for mother pigs.

Stand up for pigs today

OneKind joined over 300 organisations in marching for nature

OneKind team members at Restore Nature Now march.

On the 22nd of June, our Director Bob and Policy Officer Kirsty joined an estimated over 60,000 people marching through the centre of London to demand that UK governments Restore Nature Now.

The energy on the march was incredible, with a shared urgency that change is needed and creativity in the myriad ways that was expressed.

Bob spoke on camera to Chris Packham’s team, who organised the march, about why OneKind was there and the need for better protections for wild animals.

Freedom For Animals publish report on domestic animal use in UK circuses

Reindeer pulling a sleigh on a Christmas parade.

Our friends and reindeer campaign colleagues, Freedom for Animals, have recently published a report on the exploitation of animals in circuses.

OneKind is opposed to the use of animals in circuses and some other types of performance, including the use of reindeer in festive displays.

Reindeer are confined to small enclosures at garden centres and shopping centres, made to pull sleighs down busy high streets and even transported to people’s houses and schools for petting and photo opportunities.

Later this year, we’ll be carrying on our campaign to cease the use of live reindeer in festive displays and will call upon your help in doing so.

Read the Lives Left Behind Report

Will you help us continue the fight for animals in 2024?

Please support our work to improve the lives of animals by kindly donating to our appeal today.

This year, we will be continuing our aforementioned campaigns for greyhounds and mother pigs in Scotland, as well as ensuring the effectiveness of the legislation to ban snares and we will be launching an investigation into the trade in, and keeping of, exotic species.

As all of our campaigns and investigations are entirely funded by grants and donations, your gifts fuel our work and amplify animals’ voices. We really are incredibly grateful for everything you do to help create a kinder world for animals, thank you.

Please give a gift today

You helped us win a My Giving Circle grant!

We won! Thanks to your votes and generosity, I’m over the moon to let you know we finished within the top 10 and have won a £1,000 grant towards our work. You have also raised over £2,000 in donations this round, which is incredible.

The successes we have achieved for animals over the years, such as a ban on the use of snares in Scotland and an end to the “sport” of fox hunting have only been possible thanks to generous gifts and funding. The new round is open, so please continue to vote for us each week. It’s completely free and just takes a few moments.

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