With another month going by, the OneKind team have been hard at work making progress in our campaigns for greater protections for Scotland’s animals.

We’re delighted to bring our supporters another update on our campaigns, animal welfare news and exciting announcements for Christmas – yes, it’s that time of year once again! We have lots of fun festivities for you to take part in this winter!

Also last month, we took a moment to express our gratitude to our supporters who donated to our autumn appeal, which raised over £4,000 thanks to their generosity. We appreciate everyone who has taken action for animals recently, whether it be signing open letters, sharing on social media, or voting for us to win a My Giving Circle grant - we couldn’t do this without you!

Campaign updates

OneKind team and volunteers at stall for greyhounds

The Unbound the Greyhound open letter surpasses 20,000 signatures…but you can still add your name in support of ending dog racing in Scotland!  

We did it! Thank you to everyone who has signed and shared the open letter to help us reach our target of 20,000 signatures!
In due course, we will hand in the open letter to the Scottish Government. In the meantime, the open letter remains open for any further signatures. Please do remember that you can sign the open letter from anywhere in the world! If you haven’t already done so, please add your name or share it with friends, family and followers.

We are so grateful to all who have supported the Unbound the Greyhound campaign. Incredibly, it was just 6 months ago that 9 animal welfare groups united to launch the Unbound the Greyhound campaign, and since June, we’ve held events, projected our message onto buildings, and premiered our animation film. Along the way, we have gained the support of celebrities and thousands of people from around the world for an end to greyhound racing in Scotland! 

Now, let’s keep going for greyhounds…

Add your name today

Take action for reindeer: urge venues to show compassion this Christmas

A captive reindeer sitting on grass.

The festive season is fast approaching and unfortunately, this is a time when captive reindeer throughout the UK will be used as props in Christmas displays. We have joined forces with Animal Aid, Born Free and Freedom for Animals to put an end to these displays. 
In response to our open letter, which 11 animal welfare organisations signed, Stirling Council confirmed that they will not be using live reindeer this year. Reindeer will also not be used in Elgin’s 2023 Christmas light switch on. A further 8 venues have also confirmed that they won’t be using live reindeer this year. This goes to show that venues do listen and respond to public pressure, and your voice can make a difference for animals.

If you would like to take action for reindeer, please take a moment to read our blog and find out more. 

GREY2K USA publish moving memoir, ‘Brooklyn Goes Home’

Our friends and Unbound the Greyhound coalition partners, GREY2K USA, have published a new book, ‘Brooklyn Goes Home: The Rise and Fall of American Greyhound Racing and the Dog that Inspired a Movement’.

‘Brooklyn Goes Home’ tells the true story of Brookyln the rescue greyhound, who inspired a movement to end dog racing in the United States, and across the globe. The book has a foreword by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, and was written by GREY2K USA’s co-founders Christine A. Dorchak and Carey M. Theil, who gave Brookyln a loving, forever home until his passing.

You can order your copy here

October’s media highlights

Red fox in woodland.

The law which bans the 'sport' of fox hunting in Scotland came into force earlier this month! We secured joint media coverage with the League Against Cruel Sports, including by STV News and the Daily Record.

Our campaign to put an end to live reindeer displays was covered by news outlets, including an interview with our Campaigner, Eve, on Radio Forth and a piece in Third Force News

Fundraising updates

Tickets now on sale for our Winter Warmers Raffle!

We’re delighted to bring you a raffle this Christmas in which you can win fantastic prizes AND support OneKind’s work for animals – it’s a win-win!

We are incredibly grateful to have support of independent, vegan businesses and fellow animal lovers who have all contributed amazing prizes for our supporters to be in the chance of winning.

These include; Tina Newman, founder and author or “Vivi the Supervegan”, Loom Graphics, Fetcha Chocolates (vegan and eco-friendly!), VEGAN Happy Clothing, The Black Cat Soap House, exclusive artwork by Kate Louise Powell, Eco Planet Shop and a Glasgow-based guided nature walk with OneKind Director, Bob Elliot. You can also win a variety of OneKind goodies!

It costs just £5 for 10 entries, with funds going directly towards our campaigns to end cruelty to animals, such as current campaigns to ban snares, end greyhound racing in Scotland and stop the use of live reindeer in Christmas displays . So far, our wonderful supporters have already raised over £400!

Get your tickets today

Give a gift that gives back this Christmas

By shopping OneKind’s merchandise via our online shop, you are helping to create a kinder world for animals as 100% of the profits from each sales goes directly into our campaigns to end cruelty. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, we have the ideal selection of merchandise for any animal lover!

OneKind fundraiser Lauren wearing OneKind beanie hat.

We are delighted to present new additions to the shop this year, including our new thermal OneKind embroidered beanie hats and our new Christmas card for 2023 – on sale now! We are sure you will love our brand-new design for 2023 of a collie dog peeking out behind a pine tree, which joins our existing collection of popular designs. The OneKind shop is full of variety of animal-themed clothing, accessories and gifts, all of which are high-quality, ethically sourced and featuring designs by independent artists.

Visit the OneKind shop