OAT Beneficiaries

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PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA) is dedicated to protecting and establishing the rights of all animals. PETA educate policymakers and the public about cruelty to animals and promote the understanding that all animals have the right to be treated with respect. OAT is a Vanguard member of PETA and provides a meaningful annual subscription

In conjunction with our close friends and fellow animal warriors David and DJ Walker, we are also providing PETA India with a grant to help them with to free horses, donkeys and bullocks from the horse-drawn cart industry on the streets of Delhi. The initiative will provide owners with rickshaws as a replacements, and the working animals will be rescued and rehabilitated by PETA and provided with lifelong sanctuary.

CAMPAIGN TO BAN TROPHY HUNTING (CBTH) OAT has provided a significant grant to

CBTH to help support their crucial campaign to bring an end to the abhorrent practice of trophy hunting. They believe, as do we, that: Killing animals for pleasure is cruel, unnecessary, and has no place in a civilised society. Humans have no right to take the life of an animal for recreation. Animals experience suffering and pain when they are hunted for trophies. Killing endangered wildlife for pleasure only helps push them even further towards

extinction.

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REMEMBERING WILDLIFE is a charity book series consisting of ‘Remembering Elephants’, ‘Remembering Rhinos’, ‘Remembering Great Apes’, ‘Remembering Lions’ and recently launched ‘Remembering Cheetahs’ that will be available in September 2020. These books consist of the most stunning images of the species and are created and sold to raise awareness of the plight of these species and to raise funds to protect them.  OAT is a sponsor of the Remembering Wildlife Series.

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EAGLE NETWORK (Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement) is leading the fight against wildlife crime in West and East Africa. They work with governments on investigations, arrest operations, legal workings and media activities. Ofir Drori, founder of the organisation, is a well-known activist who, with the support of his network of colleagues across the continent, is responsible for over 2,000 significant wildlife traffickers being jailed to date. He is also personally credited with shifting Cameroon from zero wildlife prosecutions to one per week. OAT provides ad-hoc funding for specific projects.

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ANAHITA is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for dogs, cats and other domestic animals and small mammals in Iran. OAT provides regular funding for veterinary supplies and general operational costs. OAT has also provided funding for a much-needed van for the rescue and transport of animals.

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THE BORN FREE USA PRIMATE SANCTUARY is the largest of its kind in the United States of America. The 186-acre sanctuary, located in south Texas, provides a safe, permanent home to 531 monkeys, many rescued from abuse in roadside zoos, as pets in private homes or those that have been retired from research laboratories. OAT provided a substantial capex grant to enable them to install heating facilities in a number of enclosures for the elderly and sick primates.

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CONSERV CONGO is a nature conservation non-profit organisation based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, whose mission is to preserve the biodiversity of the Congo Basin. Founded by Adams Cassinga, a former investigative journalist turned wildlife crimes investigator, the movement is supported by a team of activists who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills to bring wildlife traffickers to justice. Created in 2014, the organisation is registered by the ministry of justice, as well as the ministry of environment and nature conservation, and it operates across the Congolese territory and, at times, the entire region. OAT provides ad-hoc grants for specific field projects.

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PERFORMING ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS) is a US-based group who help abused or abandoned performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade. They also help to ensure that animals are protected by the Endangered Species and Animal Welfare Acts. They own and operate PAWS ARK in Sacramento, a 30-acre sanctuary for previously captive wildlife including elephants, tigers and bears. OAT made a one-off donation to the sanctuary after visiting them in 2012.

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SPECIES SURVIVAL NETWORK (SSN), founded in 1992, is an international coalition of over 80 non-governmental organisations committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of the laws set by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They work to prevent over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international trade and they do this through scientific and legal research, education and advocacy. OAT is a member of SSN and provides ad-hoc funding for specific projects.

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SAVE THE ELEPHANTS (STE) works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN (Wildlife Conservation Network) Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behaviour, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. OAT provided a small grant in the form of tuition fees for one of STE’s up-and-coming conservation students.

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WILD PHILANTHROPY is designed to provide multiple ways to invest in the future of Africa, its people, wildlife and wilderness. OAT is an official partner and, as a “Friend of Wild Philanthropy”, has committed to a structured three-year pledge to support their mission.

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NATUURHULP CENTRUM (Nature Help Centre) in Belgium is a relief centre for sick, injured and needy wild animals in Europe. They rescue and rehabilitate both native and exotic animals, the latter being those who have been rescued or removed from zoos, circuses and other captive environments. They have rescued many lions, tigers, bears and other large exotic animals and provide interim care and housing whilst more appropriate lifetime care homes are found. Through the Born Free Foundation which facilitates the rehoming of captive wildlife,  OAT has supported the relocation and lifetime care of five lions originating from this facility to lifetime care sanctuaries in Malawi and South Africa. 

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FOUR PAWS is an organisation with a strong, global and independent voice for animals under direct human influence. Their vision is a world where people treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. They own and operate a large rescue and rehabilitation centre in South Africa called Lions Rock, which is now home to over 100 big cats who have been rescued by Four Paws from zoos, circuses and other captive environments around the world. OAT has provided a small grant for lion enclosure upgrades.

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TURGWE HIPPO TRUST was founded by Karen Paolillo who dreamed of helping wildlife in Africa. The Trust began when Karen saved the lives of several families of hippos, whose existence would have ended in 1992 when a severe drought hit the area. Karen now researches threats to hippos and finds ways to improve their lives. She is an expert in understanding their behaviour. OAT has provided one-off donations to this worthwhile project.

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AFRICAN FOREST ELEPHANTS FOUNDATION (AFEF) aims to highlight the fast decline towards extinction of the largely forgotten forest elephants.  Unbeknown to the world, they are suffering the same and worse fate than their savannah cousins in Central Africa, and AFEF aims to help preserve the species, along with their forest habitat.  AFEF’s first initiative was getting boots on the ground, literally.  In their ‘Boots on the Ground’ project they set a target to provide new high-quality boots and five pairs of durable socks to 500 rangers across the Congo Basin. OAT provided support for this initiative.

Olsen Animal Trust, Ridgmount, Lawbrook Lane, Peaslake, Surrey, GU5 9QW Charity Reg. No. 1169982 

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