Sky Dancing to save raptors, fund raising event in Scotland, your support is needed.

Steve’s Sky Dive fundraising page

Fundraiser: 
Steve Smith

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveSkyDives

I have chosen to highlight the persecution of raptors as part of my sky dive as I believe that these birds symbolise more than any other, the wildness that we still have in our country and how we must continue to preserve and protect them, as well as other wildlife, for their sakes and for our future generations!

When we see the official figures of dead raptors such as golden eagles, hen harriers and buzzards found poisoned or shot, we must consider that these crimes may only be the tip of the iceberg. The nature of such crimes often takes place in very isolated areas of the country where most people may never visit.

All sponsorship donations to my sky dive will go directly to my department where it will help to obtain essential equipment to keep me in the field and gathering more material for the work of OneKind. The challenges of investigating animal cruelty and exploitation become ever more challenging. To stay one step ahead of those who I investigate I need to make sure that I have the right kit for the right job. Some of the items are specialised, such as covert camera equipment, but some items may be things that are used by most people these days like a hand held video camera.

As you can see, my target here is £1000.00. This will mean that a new specialised high definition video camera can be obtained which will really help out in the field to gether more evidence of animal persecution. The material from the camera will help to educate the public, lobby politicians and to generally raise awareness of animal issues which need our attention.  

Due to bad weather earlier this year, when my original jump was supposed to have taken place, my skydive will now happen at the beginning of August.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to OneKind. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations!

Please donate here: 

Thank you for your sponsorship once again. YOU really make a difference!

Steve

HIGH FLYING WILDLIFE CRIME INVESTIGATOR IN SKYDIVE TO HIGHLIGHT PLIGHT OF BIRDS OF PREY

OneKind’s Field Research and Investigations Officer will be jumping out of a plane from 10,000 feet on Monday 1st August, to highlight the continued persecution of birds of prey in the United Kingdom.

All birds of prey are protected by law in the UK but they continue to be the target of systematic criminal activity, including poisoning, shooting, nest destruction and the illegal use of cage traps and spring traps (e.g. pole traps).

Scotland experiences a disproportionate amount of the known illegal bird of prey killing in the UK and recently OneKind was instrumental in securing an important conviction of a gamekeeper for setting poisoned bait on a Scottish shooting estate. In 2009, there were 384 reported incidents of bird of prey persecution in the UK, including: 224 in England; 123 in Scotland; 17 in Wales and 11 in Northern Ireland*.

OneKind’s Field Officer, Steve has seen firsthand what man is capable of doing to our amazing wildlife and is always shocked and saddened when he comes across more evidence of raptor persecution.

It costs £120 per day to keep OneKind’s Field Research and Investigations Officer in the field saving animal’s lives.

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