Thomas Knowles, Wildlife Defence League Outreach Program
In July of 2015, Cecil the Lion made international headlines for his death by a recreational, big game hunter. Many around the world identify trophy-hunting wildlife as being unethical, unsustainable and inhumane. In British Columbia recent polls suggest that almost ninety percent of residents believe that hunting grizzly bears should be illegal. With this information in mind, Thomas Knowles founded the Wildlife Defence League Outreach Program in Vancouver, Canada.
The Wildlife Defence League operates on a vegan platform, as they believe in extending their compassion to all non-human animals. They work in close collaboration with indigenous groups as wildlife exploitation is closely linked to the exploitation of indigenous peoples and their land. The public outreach and education project will help in moving the organization towards a more compassionate and socially just world by teaching and encouraging people to support the effort to end trophy hunt.
For the past six months, Thomas and his team have been presenting at conferences and recently they have taken their work to the schools to ensure this information is accessible by all people. The group operates on a multi-pronged approach and while they are known for their campaigns that directly save animals from trophy hunt, they also strongly believe in the importance of public outreach and education. With a $1,000 seed grant they will be able to print leaflets, banners, information booklets and posters to best engage people with their work. They will also be able to purchase the items necessary to set up tabling booths.
GRANT AWARD DATE: December 4, 2015