You can help save 1 million marine animals by 2018

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was on the 8th of June. It marks “a day to celebrate life beneath the waves and also to highlight the threat that abandoned fishing gear poses to sea life.” The ocean covers two-thirds of the planet and is home to an incredible number of animals. Unfortunately, more and more marine animals are suffering as the oceans continue to be exploited.

“Ghost fishing gear – nets, lines and traps that are abandoned, lost or discarded in our oceans – represents one of the biggest threats to sea life. Millions of animals including whales, seals, turtles and birds become entangled and suffer from debilitating wounds, infections and starvation. These animals can suffer for months, or even years, before they die.”

–          World Animal Protection – World Oceans Day

Sea Change campaign

World Animal Protection Limited (previously World Society for the Protection of Animals) is leading a campaign to save 1 million marine animals by 2018. They will be working in three ways to protect animals from ghost fishing gear. They will:

  • Bring together partners to stop gear being abandoned
  • Support new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas
  • Help to replicate successful local sea animal rescue efforts on a global scale.

“Abandoned, lost and discarded nets, lines and traps are one of the biggest threats to our sea life. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of gear is left in our oceans each year. That gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually.”

–                  World Animal Protection – World Oceans Day

Supporting World Animal Protection

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as World Animal Protection, as they encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

You can help save 1 million marine animals by 2018 by sharing World Animal Protection’s Sea Change campaign with your family and friends.

Sea Change campaign

Download their ‘Sea Change executive summary’ to learn how ghost gear is endangering our sea life.

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