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TAF Newsletter #8
December 2019


Dear TAF supporters and friends, 

Thanks to your support, TAF has established a strong environmental movement within many schools and universities as well as within a lot of organisations. As 2019 winds down, we continue to foster this incredible momentum into 2020 and beyond. 
This year we have again witnessed extreme weather conditions and environmental catastrophes all around the world. It's clear that the world is changing and we must change with it. 
TAF is acting on many of the environmental issues we are facing and we would like to thank you all for your continuous support as well as being part of our numerous events and campaigns during our busiest year ever. 

If you would like to donate or take part in our events, please check out our website at www.theanimalfund.net and find the latest news on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page
 
Only together we can make a difference!

Thank you so much for your support, 

Berit Legrand, and everyone at TAF – The Animal Fund
THANK YOU TO OUR GREAT VOLUNTEERS
TAF functions on the hard work and support of our volunteers alone and we thank the many who have joined us over the past 4 years, the amazing ones who have been with us in so many events over and over again, the new ones who joined us this year and all the young students. 
THANK YOU all for your enthusiasm, hard work, good collaboration, smiles and enormous support.
Please see below for photos of our volunteers and members in some of our events this second half of 2019.
EDUCATON
Since its start, TAF has been focusing on education which is essential in order to understand the importance of the ocean and its marine life and how each of us can help.
The photos above show our school work, conferences, presentations, and from TAF was invited as a panelist during the event " Journée HLD pour la Méditerranée".
ACTION
Events and Actions unite people and create Solidarity and Hope for the improvement of our planet. Therefore TAF continues to host a large number of events where we welcome all to join us. 
The photos above show our beach clean ups, educational stands, marathon events and our participation at the WMMC, World Marine Mammals Conference in Barcelona.
CAPTIVITY AND MASSACRE
JAPAN - FAROE ISLANDS - ICELAND - NORWAY - GREENLAND ARE COUNTRIES WHO UNFORTUNATELY STILL HUNT WHALES AND DOLPHINS!
TAF aims to inform people on the importance of protecting our whales and dolphins and campaigns to put a total end to captivity and the ongoing massacre of our precious marine lives. Science tells us their vital role in the Earth's ecosystems and we absolutely must stop using these intelligent animals for entertainment or food. 
Please find our reports here
This year TAF visited Taiji, Japan, where dolphins are hunted daily for 6 months of the year. Whilst most are slaughtered, the rest are kept in cages seen in the pictures here, to be later trained and sold onto marine parks. This is big business at the expense of these animals' lives. YOU CAN HELP stop this by not buying a ticket to a marine park! 
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
At TAF we devote most of our time informing the general public about the devastating effect of plastic pollution on both our health and planet. Through our many educational stands held at events around Europe, we have introduced alternatives to plastic usage. 
The good news is that:
  • The world has woken up to the environmental waste and hazards of single-use plastic. 
  • More and more organisations and people are focusing on alternatives to plastic and clean ups.
  • Zero-waste shops are appearing in many cities and towns.
  • Country-wide bans of plastic straws introduced, as well as charges to plastic bags and cutlery. 
  • European Parliament has finally voted to completely ban single-use plastics with effect from 2021.
Yet despite this progress, the ocean is still full of it, destroying our marine life and harming ourselves. We need immediate change to our supply chains as well as lifestyle habits by trying as hard as we can to use plastic free alternatives. 
ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS
School and university work is our main priority as we believe we can make a bigger impact reaching the youth. Therefore we reach out and present our work in many schools, particularly in France and the UK. 
Our activities, among many others, the last 4 months have been:
  • Educational stands (alternatives to plastic) in Nice, France  
  • We officially registered TAF UK as a UK Charity no: 1184860 
  • Produced a Norwegian whaling report and film
  • TAF as a panelist in Marseille for the “Day of the Mediterranean” 
  • Conference with impressive presentations covering the subjects “Veganism” and “5G” 
  • TAF UK educational presentation for hundreds of young children in schools across London 
  • A substantial beach clean up including games, refreshments etc. in Menton 
  • Presentation at ISN "How to change to a plastic free life and what each of us can do to help"
  • TAF educational stands at the Marathon Nice-Cannes with focus on plastic pollution
  • During the European waste reduction week, TAF was among the 12 organisations who held an educational stand in Nice 
  • TAF trip to Japan; research into whaling, captivity and environmental issues
  • TAF took part with our educational stand of the second edition of “Rencontres Humains et Cétacés” in Parc Phoenix in Nice, organised by GIS3M
  • Presentation for the philanthropy and environmental division at ISM
  • We held our 4th Christmas party and thank all who joined and our donors for their prizes and contribution
  • TAF stand at the winterfete in ISN held by students
  • TAF was very honored to be chosen as the charity for the tombola hosted by beer company Blue Coast Brewing, wild life photographer Greg Lecoeur and eco clothing Woldshaper
  • TAF took part in WMMC, World Marine Mammals Conferences, with more than 2600 participants to increase knowledge and to collaborate with like-minded people Read More 
THANK YOU
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. A special thank you to our young team and members who have been much engaged this second half year: Francesca, Liv, Annette, Maycka, Vicki, Rikke, Silvia, Helena, Caroline, Tania, Elizabeth, Gabriela, Valerie, Jane, Janel, Louis, Tino, our team in the UK: Angelo, Swann, Daniele, Angela, Yo, Jacqueline and our ongoing support from the students in ISN, EDHEC and SCIENCES PO.

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 and our Instagram pages for news on our events.
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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. 
Looking forward to seeing you soon. 
Best wishes TAF - The Animal Fund
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