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Charity hopes campaign will soar
7th November 2017

By Karen Pickwick

British charity Wildlife Vets International is asking animal and wildlife lovers to support bird of prey conservation projects in Bulgaria, India and South Africa through its participation in online fundraiser The 2017 Big Give Christmas Challenge.

Vultures and other birds of prey are persecuted throughout the world, either through hunting and the poisoning of carcasses, or indirectly through injuries caused by kite strings or wind turbines and the use of certain drugs in livestock that are poisonous to them. Numbers of some species of vultures have experienced a drop of 99.9% in recent years.

Through its Raptor Rehabilitation Progamme, WVI is working to ensure that as many injured birds as possible survive and are successfully reintroduced to the wild. Its veterinary teams are already working in India to increase the survival rate of injured birds and to increase their fitness at release. They are also training local vets and rehabilitation staff in pre- and post-surgical treatment and in surgical techniques. However, to ensure that its conservation plans for 2018 can go ahead fully and that it can expand its activities into Bulgaria and South Africa, two more countries in which these birds are under particular threat, WVI needs to raise £18,000.

WVI’s Raptor Rehabilitation programme has been selected for The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. The Challenge goes live on #GivingTuesday, November 28 and, if the charity can raise £3,000 in online donations by December 5, it has the opportunity to have its donations doubled through match funding from donors, including veterinary companies Virbac UK and Vetronic Services, the Kirkleatham Owl Centre and The Reed Foundation.

For further information, please contact WVI at info@wildlifevetsinternational.org or visit its website.