TAF Newsletter #6

December 2018

Dear TAF supporters and friends,

The end of the year is fast approaching, and despite this busy time it is our hope you will have some spare moments to read our newsletter.

2018 was again an extremely packed year for TAF, filled with more than 40 educational and awareness events. We are positive to see the results and the change they have created.

Plastic pollution has been the environmental topic of the year, and not without reason. We all are aware how the effects of plastic are destroying our planet and, in the end, ourselves.

Time is running out, and it is now more urgent than ever for all of us to implement a plastic-free living!

We must not forget that the ocean delivers up to 85% of our oxygen. 
By saving the ocean and its marine life, we save our children and ourselves – we must all act now! 

TAF is doing everything it can to create awareness of how important it is for us all to make changes. 
Online media is a great way of spreading the news so please forward this newsletter to your friends and tell them about our work at TAF - The Animal Fund. 

If you would like to donate or take part in our events, please check out our website at and find the latest news on our Facebook page. 
Only together we can make a difference!
Thank you so much for your support, 

Berit Legrand, and everyone at TAF  The Animal Fund
First of all, we would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers who have been involved and contributed to the many events and achievements of TAF this year.

You are extremely important, make a huge difference and are essential for improving our world - Thank YOU!

Please see below for photos of our volunteers and members in some of our events this second half of 2018.
TAF's ongoing campaign against the
Plastic Bottle

Since more than 2 years we have hosted over 69 events including conferences, workshops, beach and ocean clean-ups, endless trying to inform the children and the general public about the danger of continuing using plastic bottles. 
The world produces currently 1 million plastic bottles every minute. It takes more than 450 years for a plastic bottle to degrade.

  • For the government and local authorities: install more water fountains everywhere.
  • For the general public: use other alternatives like stainless steel bottles, glass or bamboo and install a water filter at home.

One must never forget that action and change start with ourselves, we can all help and every personal change has its impact!
TAF is proud to present our new partners : 
  • Saltwater Brewery and their great invention: Edible six-pack rings;
  • 4ocean and their incredible ocean clean up projects; 
  • Diving 2000 Denmark and their substantial harbor clean up;
  • NOAH and their profound engagement in animal rights;
  • EDHEC university association: Une mer pour vos enfants;
  • ISN school and their great involvement in environmental work.
and we are honored to present our new ambassador:
The fastest female marathoner of all time and holder of  the Women’s World Marathon Record since 2003 Paula Radcliffe
Please watch these videos about
how whales change the climate:

WHAT IF... We never started hunted whales? 

Whales change the climate!
From one of TAF meetings 

100 whales found captured in Russian Bay: shipped to Chinese marine parks
Orcas are sold for over $6 million, creating a lucrative business selling whales to China's 60 plus marine parks. Read more

TAF works hard to make the public aware of the cruelty and exploitation of marine life that serve financial incentives around the world. Via our countless presentations, conferences and online media we explain the impact of a single ticket purchase to a marine park! 

Whale watching - a huge industry!
Since the 50's, Whale watching has become an immense business. The boat traffic in most whale watching places has becoming horrendous. If there are guidelines, these are not respected as each company only wants to get as close to the whales as possible, meaning that the whales who come to feed, breed or rest are disturbed non-stop.
TAF visited this time Skjervøy in Norway. Up to 50 boats are chasing the Orcas and Snorkelers are surrounding the Orcas to "swim" with them Read more


1,500 tonnes of Icelandic whale meat on the way to Japan
146 whales were hunted by Hvalur hf, Iceland’s whaling company, during the summer whaling season. (144 endangered fin whales and 2 rare blue-fin hybrids). Most of the meat has been sent to Japan for consumption… mostly for sushi. Whale meat is toxic and dangerous to consume.  One still wonders.. who is killing who in the end!  Read more

A new TAIJI in Norway?

Dolphin hunt in Japan is a fact and despite the documentary "The Cove", there is unfortunately no attempt to stop it.

Sadly, it is not only Japan who are hunting dolphins but many other countries as well, where the meat is sold for food and fish bait. Recently, articles in the Norwegian press indicated that groups within the nation are attempting to legalize the capture and killing of dolphins. Norway is still among the  top whale hunters in the world. Read more

The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice — a startling sign of what’s to come

If the thinning trend continues, scientists fear an added boost to global warming. Read more

Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested 6kg of plastic

Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand count for up to 60% of the plastic waste that ends up in oceans according to the report. Read more

Cheap farmed salmon comes at a huge cost to fish welfare as well as environmental costs

Scotland's biggest food export which earns £600 million a year has been hit by a raft of problems with disease and lice in recent years. Read more

Plastic in the High Seas? 

Does the plastics also reach the most remote areas, like the High Seas far from shore or inhabitable and almost unexplored places far as above 70º degrees North in our planet?  Read the report from Belen Garcia Ovide; TAF’s marine biologist.                              

Our world is all we have, so we must look after it. Always remember to: 
- Reduce
- Recycle
- Reuse

5 Tips for improving our ocean's chances:
  • Pick up our trash so the ocean stays free of it
  • Use canvas bags instead of plastic
  • Use stainless steel or glass bottles instead of plastic bottles
  • Avoid or reduce eating fish and meat where possible
  • Save water 
And some good news

EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament. Read more

Air New Zealand scraps single-use plastic from flights

The national carrier said it will be removing a further 14 of single-use plastic products from its flights over the next year.
The list includes plastic cups, lids, and Koru cheese plates, along with plastic bags across the network.
TAF has been approaching other airlines which we hope will follow soon. Read more


Britain's first plastic-free supermarket zones open

A north London supermarket Thornton Budgens in Belsize Park has become Britain’s first to introduce plastic-free zones. It follows the introduction of the world’s first plastic-free aisle in Amsterdam last March.
Read more

Norway becomes first country to ban all palm oil based biofuel 

Palm oil-based biofuels will no longer be permitted in Norway.The move, which aims to thwart the destruction of Indonesian rainforests razed for palm oil plantations, makes Norway the first country to enforce such a ruling.
Read more

These cities let you pay for transport with plastic waste
5 tons of plastic waste pulled out of the Pacific Ocean, turned into a 4 story tall whale for the 2018 Bruges Triennial.
TAF has had a very busy year in 2018
With more than 250 members, 650 supporter, 80 volunteers and counting, please spread the word to your friends and family so we can make the biggest impact together.

Read below to see what TAF has been up to the since our last newsletter in August!
  • Partner with Saltwater Brewery Florida who produces edible six-pack rings (September);
  • Visit and collaboration with 4ocean Florida (September);
  • Visit and research of Loggerhead Marinelife center and Gumbo Limbo nature center Florida: both great turtle rescue centers;
  • Visit and collaboration with the Manatee Lagoon center in Florida. Research of the endangered species and the effect of the red tide in Florida (September);
  • Produced new film from TAF Iceland (September);
  • 6 TAF conferences held abroad with ambassadors (September to December);
  • New TAF ambassador: Paula Radcliffe (September);
  • TAF's new partner: Diving 2000 Denmark (September);
  • New update about plastic in the High Seas from our marine biologist adviser and wildlife guide Belén García Ovide (October);
  • After summer beach clean-up at the beaches in Menton. More than 80 super volunteers attended to help cleaning up (October);
  • Presentation at ISN (international school of Nice) with new cas students (October);
  • TAF presentation at CREM Monaco (October);
  • 5 conferences and TAF meetings during 2018, last meeting November 7th included 2 great speakers; animal communicator: Joy Fromental and underwater model and free diver; AngeliKa Furstler (November);
  • 2 educational days at No Finish Line. An immense event where we thank NFL for hosting us, Monaco reporter for their press coverage and our great volunteers for their continuously support and enthusiasm (November);
  • TAF research trip to Norway to look further into their whaling industry and whale watching industry. Report on our website (November);
  • TAF's 3rd Christmas party and our first tombola where funds were collected (December);
  • ISN winter fete and TAF stand by the students to create awareness (December);
  • Partnership with the association "Une mer pour vos enfants" from EDHEC university (December) Read more

Thank you for your support !

We would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers and members for their continued support for such an important cause. 
We still have a long way to go to spread awareness of the devastating losses of our oceans. We must continue to save our marine life, and in turn, ourselves on this planet.
Please encourage friends and family to support TAF in our future events, become members, and join our cause.

Please visit our website, follow our Facebook page and our Instagram for news on our events, and how to become a member.

If you still need to buy a Christmas gift or want to donate to TAF, you can find the beautiful designs by Cahana Jewellery with Whale and Dolphin pendants.

Please check our collection here.

Thanks for reading, sharing and caring!
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