Have you met OneKind?
OneKind has been campaigning to end cruelty to animals for over 100 years. We were founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1911 as the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Vivisection and over the years have developed to campaign on behalf of all 'categories' of animals: wild, farmed and companion animals, and those used in experimentation or as entertainment.
Some of our recent successes in Scotland include achieving a ban on the 'sport' of foxhunting, ending the mass scale killing of mountain hares, ensuring CCTV was installed in slaughterhouses, and securing a proposal from the Scottish Government to ban the use of snares.
While we focus primarily in Scotland, we also work with like-minded organisations across the UK, Europe and globally!
I'm Eve! I'm the Campaigner and Press Officer for OneKind. My days consist of leading our campaigns, organising demonstrations and events, securing media coverage for our work and working within coalitions. We're a team of 7, so we are fortunate to be able to work very closely with one another.
Prior to OneKind, I had experience interning in the legal department of a US-based animal non-profit and working in a research role for an animal think-tank. These were very valuable experiences and I was excited to bring what I'd learnt to an animal welfare charity closer to home. I jumped at the chance to work for OneKind as they had a strong track record in effecting meaningful change for all types of animals in Scotland.
We joined in 2009, initially to make sure we were able to work in collaboration with the many organisations that make up the Eurogroup for Animals network. When the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union on 31 January 2020 we decided that it was more important than ever to maintain those close relationships with others in the animal welfare sector.
Our most prominent campaign right now is our coalition campaign to end dog racing in Scotland. OneKind is leading the Unbound the Greyhound coalition, consisting of 9 animal welfare groups, to phase out dog racing in Scotland. We are delighted that our open letter has almost secured 18,000 signatures, just 2,000 away from our target of 20,000, in a matter of months! Earlier this month we lit up Scotland, projecting messaging to end dog racing onto notable buildings across Edinburgh and Glasgow, including the former licensed greyhound racing track, Shawfield Stadium.
We secured a ban on the 'sport' of foxhunting in January.
After years of campaigning against snares, just last month the Scottish Government announced its proposal to ban snares.
We have long campaigned for tighter regulations surrounding the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland. Last year the Scottish Government introduced legislation that should drastically reduce the use of fireworks in Scotland.
The Scottish Government announced its plan to ban glue traps, following the work of ourselves and like-minded organisations.
We secured a landmark inclusion of animal welfare into Scotland's Good Food Nation Bill, which aims to transform Scotland's food system for the better. Ministers and public bodies must now consider improving animal welfare when preparing Good Food Nation plans.
Our open letter to end dog racing in Scotland is open internationally, so we would urge you to add your name, regardless of where you live!
We are also working to ensure that the Scottish Government introduces the proposed snaring ban. We currently have a step-by-step guide for submitting a response to the Government's snaring consultation that helps supporters respond to the proposed ban favourably.
We also send frequent emails to our supporters with ways in which they can help; whether it is signing petitions, submitting responses to the Scottish Government, promoting our work across social media or donating to support our work in a variety of ways. All our work is funded by donations, so we really do appreciate every single donation.
You can sign up to our email network here.
I’m truly sorry Man’s Dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union.
An’ justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion
These lines from the poem 'To a Mouse' by famous Scottish poet, Rabbie Burns, resonate with OneKind's vision- a world in which non-human animals are recognised as individuals and respected for their capacities and priorities, which are different to but not lesser than ours.