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About us

Naturewatch Foundation is a registered charity working to improve the lives of animals.  Our Mission is to end animal cruelty and advance animal welfare standards around the world.  

In order to achieve our aims we:


•    Undertake campaigns to raise public awareness of particular issues and influence public opinion by using all available means. 

•    Carry out political campaigning/lobbying within the UK and EU when it’s deemed to be the best way to support a particular issue upon which we are working, and it either furthers or supports the delivery of our charitable purpose. For example, campaigning for a change in the law where such a change would support the charity’s purpose or campaigning to ensure that existing laws are observed.  Of course, as a charity, we cannot give our overall support to a political party but we may, at times, give our support to specific policies advocated by political parties if it would help achieve the aims of the Foundation.

•    Provide support for the improvement and development of animal welfare standards worldwide, with a particular focus on pioneering projects that directly improve the lives of stray dogs in Eastern Europe.

•    Co-ordinate humane education, police training and public awareness campaigns in order to help raise animal welfare standards in the UK and in Eastern Europe. Through education we can help create a new culture of respect and sensitivity, to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.

•    Launched the World Animal Day (4 October) initiative in 2003 to unite the animal welfare movement around the globe; raising awareness of animal issues and making them front-page news – a vital catalyst for change!  

A Brief Overview

Over 25 years of working for the animals.  Naturewatch Foundation is a registered charity in England (1039679) founded in 1991 by the late John Ruane.
Find out more about our campaigns by clicking here 

A key part of our work revolves around public education to ensure animals are recognised as sentient beings, capable of suffering, in order to ensure that full regard is always paid to their welfare requirements.  In many countries animals are treated little better than a simple commodity, such as a bag of potatoes, making education essential in order to improve their lives.  

From day one we have regularly published a Compassionate Shopping Guide as we are strong believers in encouraging the public to lead a cruelty-free lifestyle through conscious, ethical and cruelty free commerce. This includes rallying consumers to boycott powerful multi-national companies that continue to profit from animal testing.  We also pursue political lobbying to improve animal protection legislation in the UK, EU and in countries where we are working.  

Over the past 25 years, we have developed a wide range of sustainable animal welfare projects in several countries, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, and today we have a worldwide presence through our World Animal Day projects.   

We do not receive government or corporation funding and so rely entirely upon the generosity of our regular supporters and the general public to continue our work.  All income is used to pursue the goals of the organisation.  We direct our funds responsibly: we keep our administration costs to a minimum, design our own campaign literature, and have no expensive overheads.

Your support is invaluable and is truly appreciated – thank you.

We couldn’t provide our vital services without the generosity of people like you. Help us continue our work to help animals and make a donation to all our Naturewatch campaigns

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Pet Theft Reform: Amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE...… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
We’ve joined 35 other UK animal protection organisations to demand a #BetterDealForAnimals after #Brexit. A new ind… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
A ban on third-party puppy sales in England was great news, but there’s still a long way to go. You can secure a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
If you believe animals are sentient beings, sign the petition... petition.parliament.uk/petitions/2422… #AnimalSentiencetwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Win the chance to have your artwork published in a teen wildlife crime novel! HURRY - ONLY A MONTH TO GO! DEADLINE:… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Please join the campaign! Sign and share this animal welfare petition so UK policy-makers know you CARE about anima… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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It's seven years since barren battery cages were banned in the UK. Shocking that the UK could be flooded with batte… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Please support this campaign from our friends at Compassion in World Farming! #EndTheCageAgetwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Reports from 2018 show that badger baiting continues to be a top issue. Do YOU know of someone you suspect may be i… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The latest figures from 2018 show that badger sett interference, including sett blocking, sett digging and baiting… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: A year ago we set out on our first training session in Ukraine for #police about #AnimalAbuse and how it links to other crime…
@GlamourMagUK @takeabreakmag @goodhousemag Readers care for animals? They can get active by signing this new anim… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Crufts, taking place this week, is a prime opportunity to talk about responsible ownership and breeding.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Win the chance to have your artwork published in a teen wildlife crime novel this #WorldBookDay. @ChrisGPackham wil… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
UK government estimate that there are 1,000+ organisations in England that rehome and rescue dogs, cats and equines… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: In @K9Magazine this month we talk about #dogfighting and how we are training the police about #AnimalAbuse and how crimes int…
RT @NorfolkbadgersT: #Gamekeeper found #guilty of snaring #badger The protected creature had been lured to a 'stink pit' at High Denton Far…
Aged 13-16? To celebrate #WorldWildlifeDay draw badgers to win the chance to have your artwork published in a wildl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
YOUR info could help Wildlife Crime Officers put badger baiters behind bars. Do YOU know of someone you suspect may… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Thanks to the Calderdale Badger Group for the invitation to talk last night on wildlife crime, illegal badger perse… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
As the Brexit deadline approaches, animals are at risk of losing vital legal protections. Please sign this petition… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today our Wildlife Crime Adviser is traveling to West Yorkshire to give an evening presentation to the Calderdale B… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
If you don’t have any information to share, you can still be a #Hero4Badgers by making a small donation to our work… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Yet another fantastic training day with enthusiastic officers fully engaging with why it matters to fight… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Another suspected case of badger baiting, this time in Wales... walesfarmer.co.uk/news/17424167.… pic.twitter.com/60Ra8XuhWZ
Dog theft is sadly on the increase. Impassioned presentations in UK Parliament at @APDAWG1 campaigning for… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today we’re helping Animal Protection NGOs in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) understand what constitutes evidence and ho… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today we’re helping Animal NGOs in Ivano-Frankivsk understand what constitutes evidence and how to present that evi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
IF YOU DON’T SUSPECT anyone is involved in the illegal persecution of badgers, SOMEONE YOU KNOW might. Email info@n… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Fantastic turnout of MPs @ #BetterDealForAnimals in Parliament today. Speeches from all political parties including… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The MPs sponsoring the #BetterDealForAnimals event @visitparliament - Alastair Carmichael MP @amcarmichaelMP | Dei… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
We’re setting up in Parliament for our event today with MPs to sign up for a #BetterDealForAnimals @visitParliament… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today we’re training police about #AnimalCruelty in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine)- why it matters to communities, and h… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
23 celebrities are urging @theresa_may to commit to a #BetterDealForAnimals, recognising that animals are sentient… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
After being dug out of their setts, badgers are tortured to death. We're digging out those responsible, but we need… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
In Pictures - Police Training in Lviv with a wonderful team of enthusiastic officers ready to prosecute and prevent… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Fantastic day on Saturday with Lviv #AnimalProtection NGOs to help them work with their local police force to stop… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Our Police Training Programme in Ukraine highlights the link between #AnimalAbuse and #HumanViolence, showing why a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
CALLING ALL 13-16 YEAR OLDS! Win the chance to have your illustration published in a children’s book! The contest w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Last year, thanks to vital information shared with us by SOMEONE LIKE YOU, Wildlife Crime Officers disrupted plans… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Yesterday we trained Lviv Police in Ukraine about why #AnimalCruelty matters. Today we’re training Lviv… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Last year, our investigations stretched from the #NorthofEngland to the #Midlands, #SouthUK, the #SouthWestUK and c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: This morning we are in a snowy Lviv, Ukraine in partnership with @Naturewatch_org to deliver training to the patrol police on…
Today we’re training Police in Lviv (Ukraine) about how #AnimalCruelty is linked with other serious crime like… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
If they survive, dogs’ wounds are often just stitched up by their owners. If YOU suspect someone’s dogs are being u… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Our friends at Ethical Consumer have researched Ecover following their purchase by SC Johnson. Ecover now score 7.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
We're now in Lviv ready for tomorrow's Police Training on #AnimalCruely. We're meeting with #lawyers today to discu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
CALLING ALL 13-16 YEAR OLDS WHO LOVE WILDLIFE! Win the chance to have your badger illustration published in a wildl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: This week we continuing our #Education plan to reduce #AnimalAbuse by training the police in Western Ukraine on why it matter…
RT @badgersni: Badger baiting in Northern Ireland - 'hundreds of people involved' bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northe…@RSPCA_official @ScottishSPCA @…
RT @hi_sight: Over the next 2 weeks we will be on our 'road trip' training the police of Ukraine why dealing with #animalcruelty matters, h…
RT @hi_sight: Training police this week in Ukraine on why dealing with crimes against animals matters, and how it connects to other crime s…
Are hunts near you blocking badger setts? If so, contact in confidence our Wildlife Crime Adviser - andrew@naturewa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Welsh third-party sales of puppies and kittens ban consultation launched! Respond here (deadline 17 May) :… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Do you suspect someone is involved in the illegal persecution of badgers? If so, contact our Wildlife Crime Adviser… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Badger baiters know that mothers fight ferociously when protecting their cubs at this time of year. Be a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: In Ukraine where we have been training police about #AnimalCruelty the maximum sentence under Art.299 is 8 years imprisonment…
RT @hi_sight: And Ukraine is embracing our #lawenforcement training on #animalcruelty with the links to human violence. This is pioneering…
RT @WCL_News: *BLOG* Deal or No Deal: whatever the outcome, we need a #BetterDealForAnimals - @zoedavies92 on the need for @DefraGovUK @mic…
Winnie has been rescued having been used to bait badgers - can you offer her a loving home? #BadgerBaiting ttps://w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
DO YOU KNOW A 13-16 YEAR OLD WHO LOVES DRAWING? Ask them to take part in our badger illustration contest! Winners w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Badger baiting has been illegal since 1835 but it still goes on all over the UK. Do YOU know of someone you suspect… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
You don’t need a cape or superpowers to be a #Hero4Badgers – you just need access to a phone or email. If YOU suspe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Last year, YOUR information led to Wildlife Crime Officers launching into action against a gang of bloodthirsty bai… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Be a #Hero4Badgers – FOLLOW #NaturewatchFoundation and RETWEET our posts asking for info on #BadgerCrime. The more… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Brexit poses a threat to essential #AnimalWelfare laws - that's why we and 35 other animal protection groups need y… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Animals are at risk of losing vital protections as the UK leaves the EU - show animals some love this… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
A group of MPs are reviewing the draft #EnvironmentBill, and your voice matters! Please complete this short Survey… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Well done @LeageACS for exposing international #DogFighting - BBC report highlights organised crime, immense cruelt… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Incredible work carried out by @hi_sight to expose international #DogFighting - great BBC expose! Dog fighting is o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
It's great to see children learning to love nature. #Gloucestershire @gloswildlife #localtous ow.ly/qC2o50liu59
Great to see @WildJustice_org has launched to give a voice for wildlife in our courts. With thousands of wildlife c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Another conviction for animal cruelty in Ukraine. It's clear police are now taking animal crime seriously. We're ba… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: In the last few months more jail terms have been given for #AnimalCruelty in Ukraine - terms of up to SIX YEARS. The message…
Our named individual initiative on persons involved in illegal persecution if badgers is already bringing quality i… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Looking forward to attending the Wildlife and Countryside Link, Wildlife Crime Group meeting in London today hosted… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today Defra Minister David Rutley MP was questioned on brexit preparations, dog welfare, and how to tackle puppy sm… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Animal testing in China is a much-debated topic. However, it's also still an issue in the UK. In 2017, 487 pigs wer… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: We started our ‘road show’ police training programme in Ukraine a year ago to highlight why #animalcruelty matters. So great…
RT @hi_sight: Our police training on #TheLink between #animalcruelty and other crime takes academic theory and translates it into practical…
Police across Ukraine are appealing for info on #AnimalAbuse. Incredible progress showing the police are taking our… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Another tragic ending as a result of #BadgerBaiting. If you suspect someone is involved in #BadgerCrime, contact in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: Remember these images? The bears and lions of Donetsk. The 'owner' appears to have been sent to jail today, not for the #anim…
As a result of the police investigation into the abuse of animals at the Donetsk Zoo, Ukraine, the zoo owner has no… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Great to see the @ScottishSPCA and @EdinburghUni are hosting a conference about the link between #AnimalCruelty and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The Naturewatch Foundation quick survey about #animaltesting and #crueltyfree products is closing Monday, 4th Febru… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @CommonsEFRA: We will be following up on the Government's response to our Controlling Dangerous Dogs report next week (6th Feb) with que…
RT @hi_sight: In Lviv soon to train #LawEnforcement why animal crime matters and how it connects to other criminality, other violence. #The…
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