Today (12th July), an item was posted on thewestonmercury.co.uk titled ‘Animal rescues on the rise says wildlife centre’.
‘… A SOMERSET wildlife centre has revealed its rescue cases have risen by 52 per cent in the past five years.
Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre, in East Huntspill, revealed it rescued 4,873 wild animals and birds in distress last year, resulting in an increase of 5 per cent on the previous year and continuing the five year trend of increases.
Secret World’s founder, Pauline Kidner, said: “Threat to habitat is one of the single biggest risks to wildlife. The more we develop the more we humans encroach upon their world.”
A large number of animals rescued by Secret World last year were victims of road traffic accidents, pollution and pesticides.
Pauline said: “Death does not come quickly in the wild. It brings suffering and most of us would never consider letting a domestic animal suffer in this way. A wild one is no different.”
Earlier this year Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett launched the Call of the Wild appeal, with an aim of raising £4.4million for a new wildlife hospital and education centre.
The hospital will be developed at Secret World and the money will also be used to keep the centre running over the next two years.
With a recent grant of more than £500,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund, work will begin on the education centre in October and is expected to be completed by May 2013.
The appeal aims to save more wildlife, provide practical experience for trainee vets and educate children in the importance of preserving British wildlife.
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