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Protect the Wild FAQs

Our mission statement is to empower people to protect British wildlife. We do that in different ways including: supporting front line groups; providing information through our Substack, animations, and social media; and campaigning hard for legislative change.

Ultimately our aim is to end hunting, end shooting, and end badger persecution in the UK.

That means a focus on replacing the the Hunting Act with our Hunting of Mammals Bill and closing down a bird shooting industry that not only slaughters millions of birds every year, but traps and snares countless mammals, and is underpinned by ongoing wildlife crime. It also means campaigning against the badger cull.

It will take time, but we won’t give up or compromise. With your help we will protect the wild.

In 2015 Keep The Ban was created as a direct response to the moves made by then Prime Minister David Cameron to repeal the 2004 Hunting Act. The ‘Ban’ referred to in this piece of legislation outlawed fox hunting, deer hunting, and hare coursing/hunting.

In 2022 Keep The Ban was renamed and refocused to become Protect the Wild. The decision was taken because while Keep The Ban was proving effective in its work to end fox hunting we knew there were other issues concerning the persecution of wildlife that needed to be acted upon – especially the slaughter, crime, and habitat destruction associated with both the bird shooting industry and with badger persecution.

We changed our name therefore to reflect our aspirations to protect even more of the UK’s wildlife than before.

While our scope may have broadened we are absolutely NOT taking our foot off the gas when it comes to the campaign to end fox hunting. In fact, if anything we are only just getting started. Our ongoing campaigns are still heavily focused on this issue, and we are only increasing our output as time goes on.

No, Protect the Wild is a non-profit organisation and is a registered company limited by guarantee in the United Kingdom. Our company number is 12909839 and our VAT number is 404358024

The main reason for our company status is that there are limits to the extent of political or campaigning activities which a charity is now allowed to take on. As an organisation that likes to say it how it is and is tackling head-on issues around hunting and shooting, we do not want to be bound by the strict terms set out by the Charity Commission. We have also learned that pro-hunt and pro-shoot lobbyists are deliberately using complaints to the Charity Commission as a way of hobbling small charities and tying up their resources.

As a non-profit we have the flexibility to campaign on any issue in whatever way our team deems most effective to achieve our aims.

No, Protect the Wild doesn’t own or pay for physical offices. We are available for online meetings by arrangement, of course. If you’d like to arrange a meeting with us please use our contact form.

Our first criterion is that a group fully supports our mission statement! If they do then Protect the Wild has a robust but relatively simple application process that all prospective groups and organisations are asked to adhere to before being awarded funding or support.

Read more and find out how to make a request for funding on our Support Network page.

Yes. We accept donations both online and as cheques – simply make out any cheques to Protect the Wild Ltd and send them to our office at Protect the Wild, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ. Thank you.

As of right now we do not have any vacant positions at Protect the Wild however we are always open to freelancers and anyone who believes they have something valuable to add to what we do.

Please get in touch with us at contact@protectthewild.org.uk

Protect The Wild provides a free newsletter where we update supporters on latest wildlife news and how people can help fund the work that we do. If this is something you’d be interested in receiving then you can subscribe here.

It’s simple. Just send an email to supporters@protectthewild.org.uk informing us that you no longer want to receive updates from us and we will ensure you are removed from our database.