In a period where all of us are having to adapt to a situation few could have imagined, it’s more important than ever to ensure we keep our focus on our charitable objectives Nothing is going to change our aim of ending hunting, shooting and animal fighting even if that now means we are going to have to adapt the way we do that; at least for the foreseeable future.

Whilst the current social distancing rules will help save animals, those that derive their fun from persecuting them will be back at it the moment they can. Many will want to make up for lost time. Our job remains to prevent that, whatever the current circumstances.

We cannot do anything without your help. Not a single thing. Many more of us are homebound and that includes a great many children, now being home educated. Some will still be working hard in those essential occupations that require people to travel to work. All of us will, no doubt, have more worries than we did a month ago. Whoever you are and however you are affected, we want to give you a newsletter that brings hope, joy and real interest into your lives, as we give you the best insight we can into our work and the good things that can come from it. Protecting animals from the worst of human nature can also show the best in human nature. At the League, we are inspired by the latter and we want to share that with you.

None of us can see into the future, but I will leave you with this thought. My last three weeks have been spent in a remote cottage in Dartmoor. It started as a five-day holiday and turned into three weeks of self-isolation. My daily exercise consisted of long walks. They were wonderful, but I was surprised by how little wildlife I saw, despite looking hard. Government restrictions on non-essential contact might now give wildlife a little time to recover.

Wouldn’t it be something if instead of relying on a crisis to achieve this, that as a nation we could come to that decision ourselves? In this regard, this could be a wake-up call for what we are doing to animals and our countryside. Please help us make it so.

- Andy Knott MBE, CEO

Your ongoing support motivates us to achieve our goals for animals; despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we will keep going. We hope you enjoy the range of free activities we have created for you to enjoy in these challenging times, and we thank you for any donations you can spare to help us continue our work in the future.

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