News Blog How we helped animals in September 11-10-22 September was a busy month for the OneKind team, working in collaboration with the League Against Cruel Sports and Scottish Badgers to organise our upcoming March For The Foxes! We also continued to amplify our letter-writing action to Minister Màiri McAllan, and are delighted with the overwhelming response so far. We also celebrated the excellent news that the last licenced greyhound stadium in Scotland is set to be demolished! In other news, our Policy Officer Kirsty headed to the Scottish Parliament with Crustacean Compassion to discuss legal protections for cephalopods and decapod crustaceans with Cabinet Secretary Mairi Gougeon. We are also overjoyed that our autumn appeal to ban snares has raised an incredible £10,000! Plus, thanks to your votes this My Giving Circle grants round, we’ve been awarded £500 to fund our campaigns protecting animals! March for the Foxes We are delighted to be combining our snaring demonstration with our March For The Foxes into one powerful day of action on Saturday, October 29th ! In partnership with the League Against Cruel Sports and Scottish Badgers, we will be marching down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament, urging for a full ban on snares and a real foxhunting ban. We will host a rally with speakers from OneKind, League Against Cruel Sports, Scottish Badgers and MSPs. We will have an exciting selection of speakers and virtual support from celebrities showing their support for our demonstration. In addition, there will be a group of actors posing as a selection of different species of animals in fake snares, and mascot Fergus the Fox will make an appearance, marching alongside us too! We’d love to see as many of you there as possible, so we can send the strongest possible message that the Scottish public supports a full ban on snares and a real foxhunting ban. Incredible response to our letter-writing action The response to our snaring letter-writing action has been incredible! More than 1,500 of you so far have sent letters to the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Màiri McAllan, urging the Scottish Government to introduce a full ban on the manufacture, sale and use of snares in Scotland. If you haven’t already, please use our handy customisable template to send a letter – it only takes a few minutes! Last licensed greyhound racing stadium in Scotland to be demolished We were overjoyed with the news that steps are being made to demolish the last licensed greyhound racing track in Scotland! Shawfield stadium has submitted an initial planning application to demolish the former racing track and repurpose the site for housing. This follows years of campaigning by grassroots organisations for the stadium’s closure, which OneKind supported. Back in 2019, our Campaigner Eve joined SAGE’s protest outside the stadium, alongside her rescue greyhound Bob. The protest garnered national media attention, receiving coverage by the BBC. Advocating for cephalopods and decapod crustaceans at the Scottish Parliament Earlier this year, we celebrated the landmark recognition of the sentience of lobster, crabs, octopus and other decapod crustaceans and cephalopods in UK law. Despite this, though, they are still not afforded the same legal protections as many other sentient animals. This means that many individuals continue to experience much suffering in the food production industry – for example, crustaceans like crabs and lobsters are still being packaged, mailed and cooked alive in the UK. A core part of our Sea their Suffering campaign is urging the Scottish Government not just to recognise these animals as legally sentient, but to also grant cephalopods and decapod crustaceans the legal protections they deserve. So, we were delighted to join Crustacean Compassion in raising this issue with Cabinet Secretary Màiri Gougeon at the Scottish Parliament last month. We look forward to continuing to work with Crustacean Compassion and the Minister on this urgent issue. Autumn Appeal Thanks to your generous gifts, our autumn appeal has raised over £10,000 which is incredible! We are grateful for each gift, so thank you for supporting our ongoing work to ban snares. Together, we can consign these cruel and indiscriminate traps to history. If you haven’t made a donation yet, but would like to, you can do that on our appeal page. My Giving Circle Thanks to your votes, and donations, we have won £500 in My Giving Circle’s latest grants round! We can’t thank you enough for your support for helping to make this happen. You also donated over £1,800 during this round, bringing our total to over £2,300 during this past 3 months. As you know, we have to raise £300,000 each year to keep funding our current level of campaigns and investigations, so grants like these really make a difference! The new grants round is now open, so please remember to take a moment to vote for us every week. Movement for Good We are delighted to have another opportunity for you to support our work for free. Benefact Group have launched their Movement for Good Awards, and in order to win, we just need your vote. By nominating OneKind, we could be one of 250 charities who receive £1,000. It’s completely free, so please take a moment and nominate OneKind today. Become a member Become a member today, and we will send you an awesome welcome pack with stickers, postcards, a badge and campaign literature. You’ll also receive our member’s magazine three times a year. Most importantly, you’ll get the feel good factor of standing up against cruelty, and helping to deliver the protection animals deserve. Our members currently contribute over £65,000 each year towards our work, and as you know, all of our work is funded by donations. By joining with a regular gift, you will help us achieve even more wins for animals.