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Sitting in the hair salon last month I came face to face with one of the most disturbing images I have ever seen, and no I was not looking in the mirror after my cut and blow dry. I happened to be flipping through a magazine, and came face to face with a horrifying image of a beautiful, elegant African giraffe that had just been shot dead by American big game hunters. It was followed by images of dead gazelle, dead zebra and dead elephants.
I was upset not just at the fact that this was happening but also at the fact that I had been so unaware of it.
I am an animal lover. I sponsor a dog, a penguin and a jaguar, and I would have a number of animals if my landlord would allow it, but sadly a donkey in a two-bed first floor flat is not hugely appropriate, so it’ll have to wait.
What I can do in the meantime is share a few sites with you that have helped me become more ‘Animal Aware’ and tell you about how they are using social media to help out our furry friends.
@WWF – Social media has been a key element in the protection of wild animals through the WWF network. WWF UK have recently released a new short film starring Bill NighyA and Gemma Arterton called ‘Astonish Me’ which showcases some of the incredible creatures that have just been discovered.
@RSPCA_Frontline – Allows you to get up-to-the-minute news of real incidents being investigated by the RSPCA. Teachers can also use a free online curriculum on Facebook at RSPCAEducation to help their schools become more pet friendly.
Give Animals a Voice, – a branch of the RSPCA allows users to read about current issues, as well as sign petitions and donate.
@EarthJustice – is an amazing non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting natural resources and wild animals worldwide. They are currently defending conservation measures, on behalf of Oceana and Greenpeace, to protect the Steller Sea Lions against the State of Alaska and the groundfish industry.
@MissionOrange – will update you on the latest in animal cruelty news and provides tips on how to care for your pet. They encourage followers to get involved by sending out a weekly tweet about animal adoption.
@NatGeo – National Geographic have many successful wildlife campaigns over the years, their latest ‘Little Kitten for Big Cats’ encourages cat lovers to post photos of their fantastic felines online for $5, to raise money for big cats!
@peta – Now helping animals is as easy as making a phone call. PETA have created an app, which allows users to keep up to date on news about animal rights issues. You can download it from the iTunes store for free.
iNaturalist.org – Scientists are calling for all citizens to help with their Global Amphibian Blitz. They are hoping to increase awareness and gain information on endangered amphibians by starting a citizen-scientist social network drive. You can see how it works here: