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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 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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RT @ukwildlifecrime: #badger persecution is a UK #wildlife Crime Priority. Badger baiting and sett interference are most prevalent during t…
970 incidents that took place between Jan 2016 – May 2018 involved #BadgerBaiting and #SettInterference. Great to b… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
It’s illegal to take, kill or injure a badger, or to dig, block or interfere with a badger sett. Report these as a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Wintertime sees an increase in the illegal persecution of badgers and their setts. Report these as a crime to the p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
House of Lords Sub-Committee warns of increased animal testing risk as a result of Brexit no deal on REACH regulati… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
“If we are to turn this rapidly developing catastrophe around, cleverly every effort must be made to tackle all of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
As we approach Christmas, this video from the SPCA & the Scottish govt is a heartrending must-watch for families th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Fantastic new campaign highlighting the pitfalls of buying illegally-bred puppies has been launched by the Scottish… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Fantastic new campaign highlighting the pitfalls of buying illegally-bred puppies has been launched by the Scottish… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
CARDIFF: Are you free TOMORROW, Tuesday November 6th? Please support C.A.R.I.A.D. and Friends of Animals Wales on t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
What's yummy for lunch today? We're celebrating #worldveganday! #naturewatchfoundation pic.twitter.com/5btCZfLukS
Can you offer a permanent loving home to 15yo Paxo? His owner who has cared for him since being rescued from… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Gunned down foxes and badger, more tragic victims of wildlife crime. #StopBadgerCrime derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/badgers…
RT @hi_sight: Former Heavyweight Boxer Vitali Klitschko supports our #dogfighting training for #LawEnforcement - with @Naturewatch_org htt…
RT @hi_sight: Another example of how #AnimalCruelty and offences against children are often intertwined. Why we train #LawEnforcement on vi…
RT @hi_sight: With @Naturewatch_org in Kyiv, Ukraine launching our training for #LawEnforcement on #AnimalCruelty and how it is connected…
We're looking forward to attending today's @WCL_News Wildlife Crime Group meeting to discuss UK and international p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Don't even think about dressing me up for Halloween. I am perfect already. @turnerwebster pic.twitter.com/YfMMw2K2ZH
CARDIFF: Are you free on Tuesday November 6th? Please support C.A.R.I.A.D. and Friends of Animals Wales on their 'N… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
'Black Cat Day', you said? Surely that's everyday pic.twitter.com/DVv4juZDrS
RT @BellaLack: My new vido, Man Of The Forest, highlights the plight of the orangutan. They are in a dire state, but we have the capability…
Aged 13 - 16 with a love of wildlife and art? Enter @Naturewatch_org illustration competition to win the chance to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @ChrisGPackham: Aged 13 - 16 with a love of wildlife and art ? Enter @Naturewatch_org illustration competition to win the chance to have…
@natsatclub Aged 13 - 16 with a love of wildlife and art? Enter @Naturewatch_org illustration competition to win th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @turnerwebster: @GMB Thanks for having me on the show this morning talking about why pets shouldn't be dressed up as pumpkins! Pets have…
RT @hi_sight: New Facebook page launched today to supplement our #LawEnforcement training programme on #TheLink between #AnimalCruelty and…
RT @hi_sight: Education is a key to preventing crime. Our training with @Naturewatch_org aims to prevent harm to animals AND people. #TheLi…
Want to help stamp out puppy farming in Wales? Sign this petition today: ow.ly/BNH930ml1ib Important work by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
@DazzleEnglish @ChrisGPackham Hi Suzanne, yes you do. To find out how to enter, please visit badgerboy.co.uk. Thanks for messaging!
@feathersareus @BlueHenSoap We commend Unilever for their efforts and we hope they will trail this journey until th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: Preventing the vulnerable becoming victims of crime - our #LawEnforcement training programme on why animals matter - with ⁦@N…
@ChrisGPackham Many thanks @ChrisGPackham for sharing!
RT @ChrisGPackham: Aged 13 - 16 with a love of wildlife and art ? Enter @Naturewatch_org illustration competition to win the chance to have…
Suspect someone is involved in #BadgerBaiting? Tell our Wildlife Crime Officer in confidence - andrew@naturewatch.o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
TAKE ACTION! @ChrisGPackham has sent your MP the #PeoplesManifestoforWildlife. Ask your MP what they think of it, t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @K9MWDM: Today is #WorldAnimalDay which aims to improve welfare for all animals through awareness and education around the globe. So ma…
RT @hi_sight: Animal crime matters - especially because often investigating it will highlight other violence such as #DomesticAbuse #childa…
RT @hi_sight: Animals need cops. Animals are some of the most vulnerable members of society and their abuse is often linked to violence aga…
The companionship of animals and caring for another living being is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
A year ago we had an idea to train Ukrainian Police on how & why to #FightAnimalAbuse - so that's exactly what we s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
If you care about companion animals and live in Scotland, don't forget the Scottish Government is taking action and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Dog fighting is big business in Ukraine, which is why we're working with @hi_sight to train police on #TheLink betw… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: #dogfighting - told from the inside. The ‘dog fighter’s story’ This year long investigation uncovers this brutal sport in, an…
RT @scottishbadgers: Great piece in The Sunday Post on the huge issue of badger baiting and wildlife hunting with dogs. The SSPCA SIU spoke…
NW welcomes the UK government's fresh support for tackling international wildlife crime ahead of the landmark IWT C… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Do your bit to save badgers this #NationalBadgerDay! If you suspect someone is involved in illegally persecuting ba… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Calling Badger Groups, Teachers & Police this #NationalBadgerDay! We’re raising awareness of Badger Baiting, legisl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @exPWCO: Never give up on badger crime. Never, never, never give up. #nationalbadgerday #opbadger pic.twitter.com/cX2B2LJhk7
RT @Claire_Dinsdale: It's #NationalBadgerDay today A #WildlifeCrime officer will tell you they are subject to the most abhorrent cruelty i…
RT @NYorksPolice: We also work closely with partners including @NWCU, @RSPCA_official, @Naturewatch_org, and experts like @jeanthorpeRR to…
RT @Environmenttttt: #NationalBadgerDay National #Badgers Day provides an opportunity for all involved in Badger conservation and protecti…
RT @WildlifeTrusts: It's #NationalBadgerDay! Did you know badger setts can be over a hundred years old, used by generations of badgers? htt…
RT @NYorksPolice: Illegal badger persecution includes baiting, shooting, snaring, lamping, poisoning & sett interference. Tackling this is…
RT @NYorksPolice: Today is #NationalBadgerDay - follow the hashtag throughout the day to find out we protect badgers from persecution! #PAW
RT @ukwildlifecrime: Today is #nationalbadgerday. #Badger persecution is one of the six UK #wildlifecrime priorities. Throughout the year w…
RT @Claire_Dinsdale: It's #NationalBadgerDay Another reason to be concerned. These criminals are also known for other crimes. Organised…
RT @WYP_CNewsome: @WestYorksPolice take reports of badger persecution seriously... 👮‍♀️👮🏼‍♂️🚔🚨know or suspect of a sett being disturbed/du…
Happy #NationalBadgerDay! To celebrate encourage your children/grandchildren to enter our illustration comp. to win… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Calling Badger Groups, Teachers & Police this #WorldAnimalDay! We’re raising awareness of #BadgerBaiting, legislati… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
That’s why we’re working with @hi_sight to train Ukrainian Police on why it’s important to #FightAnimalAbuse this… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
This @worldanimalday we’re working with @hi_sight to bring professional training to #Ukraine to help animal welfare… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The cute pup you've seen online could come with a multitude of health issues and hefty vet bills. Raise awareness… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Fantastic expose @hi_sight You've certainly shone a light on the dangerous and cruel world of #DogFighting Our thou… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Flat faced dogs may be 'fashionable' but not being able to breathe is not cute. TAKE ACTION: You can help end cruel… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Advancing the 3Rs - the replacement, reduction and refinement of the use of animals for scientific purposes. YOU C… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
#PuppyFarming can be a lucrative business, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds from the suffering of animals. I… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
DID YOU KNOW? Safety and efficacy tests that use human cells can be more accurate and reproducible than animal test… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
That’s why we’re working with @hi_sight to train Ukrainian Police on why it’s important to #FightAnimalAbuse this… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Stand up for badgers this #WorldAnimalDay! Suspect someone is involved in illegal #BadgerPersecution? If you have a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Aged between 13-16? This #WorldAnimalDay enter our illustration competition to win the chance to have your artwork… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today is #WorldAnimalDay. In 2015, a so-called 'ban' on testing household products was implemented in the UK. But w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
A @WorldAnimalDay message from Naturewatch Foundation patron and TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster @turnerwebstertwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Millions of dogs like these are suffering in #PuppyFarms around the world, including in the UK. Used as breeding ma… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
It's been an exciting and busy year working with @hi_sight, we've a lot of work to do now that police from 13 citie… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @hi_sight: For #worldanimalday this year we are proud to have been in Mykolayiv, Ukraine with the patrol police. Our training programme…
It's been an exciting and busy year working with @hi_sight this past year, and we've a lot of work to do now that p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
The response from Ukrainian Police to our training with @hi_sight has been phenomenal - attitudes towards… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Some great photos taken during the Mykolaiv Police Training with @hi_sight in celebration of #WorldAnimalDay in Ukr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
This @WorldAnimalDay we’re working with @hi_sight to bring professional training to #Ukraine to help animal welfare… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Tomorrow - #October4 - is #WorldAnimalDay Police from 13 cities across #Ukraine have requested our training on how… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Do you know who REALLY profits from your makeup bag? Shop #CrueltyFree on #WorldAnimalDay #October4 ORDER A GUIDE:… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Why celebrate World Animal Day!: youtu.be/RzndrJ9dIJA?a via @YouTube
Campaign success! New UK puppy regulations in force from today #meetthemum #animalwelfare ow.ly/Gciu30m2RSX
Do you suspect someone is involved in illegal badger persecution? If so, email in confidence our Wildlife Crime Adv… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
After yesterday’s Police Training on how to #FightAnimalAbuse in Mykolaiv, today we’re training local NGO’s on how… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Some eye opening facts in this article about #TheLink between animal abuse and human violence.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Mykolaiv Police are today learning about #TheLink between #AnimalAbuse and #HumanViolence – a sound motivator for a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Can you help? @RSPCA_official inspectors are appealing for witnesses after a female dog was found with serious inju… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today we're training police in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on how to #FightAnimalAbuse, evidencing #TheLink between animal c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Delighted to be working with @hi_sight to help NGOs, police and municipalities work together to #FightAnimalAbuse twitter.com/hi_sight/statu…
RT @hi_sight: Excellent 2 days at conference in Kyiv, Ukraine presenting on animal investigations - part of an innovative campaign by @Natu…
RT @hi_sight: Abuse of animals and children is intertwined in this case. We train #LawEnforcement to recognise that dealing with #AnimalCru…
RT @hi_sight: Children living in an abusive home regularly turn to animal abuse and then to human abuse. 32% of pet-owning victims of domes…
Mykolaiv Police are attending our Police Training Programme on Wednesday because they recognise why it's important… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Today @hi_sight is speaking at the Open Cages Animal Welfare Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine about our Police Training… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
RT @ChrisGPackham: Ministers for Young People @GeorgiaLocock @BellaLack urging school age children to get involved with nature conservation…
WHO WON THE WORLD ANIMAL DAY GRANT 2018? Injuries from vehicles are common in Siliguri, India. More pups like this… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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