World Animal Protection’s wildlife crime work on final shortlist for “Green Oscars”
We’re really excited to be able to reveal that World Animal Protection have been shortlisted for the prestigious Observer 2015 Ethical Awards for our work on UK wildlife crime.
Also known as the “Green Oscars”, these awards were in recognition of the fact that “..a lot of good people were doing brilliant things to bring environmental and social justice to the UK and that should be celebrated.“ (Lucy Siegle, Observer columnist and BBC “One Show” environmental reporter)
World Animal Protection have been nominated in the Ethical Wildlife category, for our work in raising awareness about the crimes being inflicted on our wildlife as well as successfully campaigning for a more sustainable and secure future for the specialist Wildlife Crime Unit at the Metropolitan Police.
Few events in the sustainability calendar can match the Observer Ethical Awards for impact. Since their inception in 2005, the awards handed out have become some of the most influential in the green and ethical economy. Listing names as varied as Sir David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Lucas and Lenny Henry among its winners, the Observer Ethical Awards are now celebrating their tenth year.
Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications at World Animal Protection UK said “We’re both honoured and excited to reach the final shortlist for this award. The Observer Ethical Awards are a real benchmark of achievement and an amazing accolade for all the team who have worked so hard on this particular campaign.
It’s also something that our supporters should take a lot of credit for, for their work in contacting their MPs about UK wildlife crime issues and in helping us to raise awareness about the seriousness of the problem in the UK. As a result of these efforts, we feel wildlife crime is increasingly being addressed nationally as a more mainstream criminal activity, rather than marginal, victimless crime“
We hope everyone will keep their fingers crossed for us at the awards ceremony, but being shortlisted is a prize in itself, just getting this far means our campaign has already been recognised as making a difference for our precious wildlife.”
The Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday July 2nd at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.