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TAF Newsletter #3

August 2017

Dear TAF supporters and friends,

We hope you are enjoying the summer!

In this newsletter we wish to keep you informed of some of the top news and progress we have achieved at TAF in the first half of 2017. 

Not a single day goes by without the topic of pollution being mentioned in the news. The ocean and its precious marine life are in great danger from pollutants, added to by overfishing, whaling and captivity. Rather than a problem for the future, we are all very much affected already.

We must not ignore that the ocean supplies us with over 50% of our oxygen. By saving the ocean, we save ourselves - we must all act now. 

At TAF we are optimistic, as more people than ever are becoming aware of how serious the situations is, and are doing their part to help! Yet there is still a long way to go, so we need everyone's help to spread the message so that change can happen.


The first step is awareness. 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 c
heck out our website at www.theanimalfund.net 
and find the latest news on our Facebook page

We are always happy to chat if you have any questions or would like to join, please email: info@theanimalfund.net

Only together can we make a difference!
 
Thank you so much for your support, 


Berit Legrand, and everyone at TAF  The Animal Fund

THANK YOU
 
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 in the first 6 months of 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 2017.
NEWS
Please watch and share these important and informative videos:
How whales change the climate! (4min 51s)
An adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years focusing on the world's plastic pollution (2min 8s)
Chasing Coral - An inspirational and visually stunning documentary about the world's dying coral reefs (1min 52s)
Why whales are essential to our oceans (via their poop!) by Asha de Vos (5min 49s)
CAPTIVITY
TAF works hard to make the public aware of the cruelty and exploitation of marine life that serve financial incentives around the world.

The oceans are suffering in order to provide us with entertainment, as a rubbish bin for our sewage, pollutants and plastics, and for food, as fish stocks decline - and yet 10% of all catches are dumped back into the sea.


In some places in Europe we see improvement. As a result of our work with schools and universities, children and young people are now more aware of the cruelty the dolphins and the whales are going through by being captured and placed in "bathtubs" far below their natural living standards.

In the wild, dolphins and orcas travel in groups with their families, over more than 100 km a day, diving over 300 meters under water, spend only about 20% of their time above water, reach speeds of up to 60 km/h and interact with their sophisticated echolocation. In captivity, their movements and choices are significantly reduced in small chlorinated pools that ruin their skin and eyes, and lead to stress, illness, aggravation and boredom.

Unfortunately the demand for marine parks is exploding, particularly in China, followed by Russia and the Middle East. Many new parks are under construction and the conditions are even worse for the mammals including an increasing amount of shows every day.

There is lots to be done to make the public understand that endless circus tricks for a few minutes of entertainment must be found in other places if we want to appreciate and save our precious marine mammals.


Please see photos below of marine parks, where orcas have bent dorsal fins, almost exclusively seen in captivity, and are trained to perform tricks in prohibitively small pools.

See also an orca's mistreated jaw, a pool for dolphins totally drained, whilst it is being cleaned, and the restrictively small pools for Beluga whales before they are sold on.

France Bans Dolphin and Whale Captivity.. Or not? 

May 3rd 2017, France banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and orcas, in a move hailed by campaigners as a major victory. Feedback now reveals that there will be a second hearing with the high court making their final decision on the ban before the end of this year, until then we cannot be sure the decision will be upheld!

Keep Reading

Please watch this video on why you shouldn't visit marine parks:
The darker side of marine parks
WHALING & MASSACRE

Cruel and needless slaughter of whales and dolphins


Norway, Japan, Faroe Islands and Iceland are some of the countries where the endless hunt for whales and dolphins continues. Some countries still eat the meat despite its high level of mercury and other toxins that endanger human health when consumed.

Other places use the whale blubber or grease for cosmetics, which go on to have the same effect on our health. Rules and legislation are not upheld and no power as yet seems able to stop it. 

Read more: TAF info about Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter and TAF's special reports on whaling.

Whale oil and blubber still used for cosmetics, soap, health supplements etc.!

More than 20 brand names still contain whale oil despite the high level of mercury and toxins. Whale oil is also used for pharmaceutical and health supplement applications, as well as for animal feed
Read more

Slaughter continues in the Faroe Islands

Despite countless protests and interventions from conservationists, more than 1000 cetaceans (pilot whales and white-sided dolphins) have now been killed in hunts in the Faroe Islands since 21 May 2017. Nothing seems to stop them, but how long can it be claimed to be "sustainable" whilst using an old database for tracking? 

Read more about White-sided dolphins and Pilot whales.

ENVIRONMENT

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

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 

Stop using Microbeads in cosmetics

Small particles in our cosmetics are flooding into the ocean to the detriment of marine life, as it enters and blocks their digestive tracts, leading to starvation and death. Avoid purchasing cosmetics that contain small bead particles, typically in scrubs and exfoliants.

Keep Reading and click here for a full list of products with microbeads.

Planet Plastic

Scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes, created only in the last 65 years. Half of this material was made in just the past 13 years. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year. Current trends point to 12 billion tonnes of waste by 2050.
Read more here

Massive Iceberg splits from polar caps

An iceberg four times the size of London splits from Antarctica. This is a result of accelerated human-induced climate change, as our temperatures soar to record levels.

How does it effect the climate when the ice melts? 
Keep Reading

Alaskan Pipeline bursts into Whale Habitat

A leak that almost nobody has reported on has been pumping natural gas into the endangered beluga whale’s habitat for three months, and is still ongoing.
Keep Reading

Another ocean garbage patch discovered

Another patch of plastic, human trash, and chemical sludge in the Pacific Ocean has been discovered, adding to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
It is estimated to be a million square kilometers in area – that’s four times the size of the United Kingdom. 
Keep reading here.

Oceanic dead zone blamed on meat industry

An oxygen-starved area of sea has been found in Gulf of Mexico, that is bigger than the landmass of Wales. It has been blamed on farm fertilisers used by Tyson Foods, America's largest meat company. 
Read more here

And some good news!

"It's important to at least try"

Can this 23 year-old help clear the oceans of plastic waste? He has started a company The Ocean Clean-Up that aims to eliminate 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years using a new technology.
Keep reading here.

Spanish fishermen find new way to clear oceans of plastic

Some 2,000 fishermen in Spain are working with clothing company Ecoalf to turn plastic found in the sea into fabric.
Keep reading here.

Coca-Cola bottles to be made from 50% recycled plastic by 2020

The soft drinks giant will also trial a "recovery and reward" scheme in the UK, which it says will inform national projects that encourage recycling.
Keep reading here.

Disposable packaging company invents range of edible straws

A UK-based disposables manufacturer has developed a novel range of edible straws, which consumers can eat rather than discard after use.
Keep reading here.

ACHIEVEMENTS

TAF has had a busy year in 2017 and we're only halfway through!
 

With 190 members 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 so far this year!
TAF's events and achievements in 2017
  • Last week we had a successful Beach Clean-up day. Read more 
  • We held a plastic awareness campaign “La Bouteille”, with educational stands to inform the public of the damage plastic bottles have on our oceans. Read more
  • On July 1st of this year, Monaco decided to stop the use of plastic bottles and cups. Our campaign will now continue to other places.
  • Furthermore, we joined a 4-day event called Monacology. During the 4 days several hundreds of children were involved in our games and The Prince HSH Albert ll of Monaco visited our stands. Read more
  • We had another fruitful event on World’s Ocean Day on June 8th, where we had 35 people out on paddle boards and kayaks picking up trash from the ocean. The event was a success, and helped clean up a large amount of trash, and new events are planned for August and September. Read here
  • On June 14 - 18th we went for a educational trip to Iceland, report and film soon to be on website.
  • Our Overfishing Group has been researching the viability of fishing stocks and the effects of mass fish consumption. Read about our work here.
  • We have worked with universities, high schools and lower schools during the year and children and young students have been interacting with enthusiasm. 
  • The Animal Fund: Protect the Planet to Change the World. Read more.
  • Many presentations for organisations and companies have been done with great hope of more help and partnership. Read more
  • Read about all our achievements here.
EVENTS
PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR FUTURE EVENTS HERE.

In September 2017 we have planned: 

Paddle and kayak ocean trash clean-up: September 14th
TAF Meeting with inspirational speakers: September 20th


Become a member or follow us on Facebook to be informed of our upcoming events!

Thank you for your help


We would like to give thanks to 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.

Jewellery Shop

Support TAF by wearing the beautiful designs by Cahana Jewellery with Whale and Dolphin Gold pendants.

Please check
our collection here.
 

Thanks for reading and caring!
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AND SEE YOU SOON!
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