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Prejudice Undermines Animal Welfare

Prejudice Undermines Animal Welfare

An open letter on how prejudice undermines animal welfare.

Over the last few days, we have posted some pretty emotional content highlighting the genuine issues of backyard breeding and dog poisonings here in Sri Lanka.

While these posts show some of the challenges that animal welfare groups in Sri Lanka face, it’s vital that in our response to such acts we don’t forget the many people who are working tirelessly to help those animals in the first place.

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Backyard Dog Breeding – Another Victim

Mark and I are deeply saddened to see yet another “pedigree’ dog die here in Sri Lanka. Anna passed away due to the greed associated with backyard dog breeding, and the absurd idea that “pedigree” dogs are superior in any way to our beautiful Sri Lankan dogs.

This beautiful girl was rescued by Embark from the side of the road, dumped after a lifetime of being bred from and she passed away 24 hours later in hospital from organ failure

Suggs: A Victim of Backyard Breeding

Meet Suggs: A victim of backyard breeding and the newest member of our family.

Another victim of the increasing  “pedigree” backyard breeding/puppy farming industry here in Sri Lanka. Mike (as his breeders called him), was rescued by Animal SOS Sri Lanka (ASOS). He weighed just 17 kilos and was dangerously sick from life-threatening blood parasites and prolonged neglect and abuse. Mike had infected wounds, pressure sores and was pretty much as close to death as is possible for a dog to be while still breathing. 

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Hope not hate


The tragic events at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester a few weeks ago and in London at the weekend have given Mark cause for much reflection. The tragic loss of life, the physical and mental injuries inflicted on those who survived, who lost loved ones or attended the aftermath will remain for years to come and all those affected and those who rushed to help them are in our thoughts.

Why we need hope not hate.

Those who have read our story know that in 2005 after the July 7th suicide bomb attacks, Mark and I worked as part of the recovery teams at Edgware Road and Aldgate tube stations. For over a week we worked in the tunnels and we both saw things no one should ever see and it had a profound effect on us both.

Ceva Animal Welfare Awards

Ceva Animal Welfare Awards

Dogstar Foundation were announced as the winners of The Charity Team of the Year at the 2017 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.

Mark and I had the honour of collecting the award on behalf of the entire team. We could not be prouder of the amazing group of people who work for Dogstar and delighted our team’s commitment to animal welfare has been internationally recognised.

The awards recognise the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world including veterinary and charity professionals, researchers and volunteers. We are so humbled to be recognised for this prestigious award.

Ceva Animal Welfare Awards

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