Prestigious award presented to animal charity for its efforts in combating wildlife crime

UK Animal Welfare Charity Receives Prestigious Award for Supporting Police in Fight Against Wildlife Crime

Cheltenham, UK – Naturewatch Foundation, a leading animal welfare charity based in Cheltenham, has been awarded the highly coveted Charity Awards for their work in supporting police in tackling wildlife crime. The award was presented in the ‘Animals and the Environment’ category at a ceremony held on Tuesday, July 9th at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The charity was recognized for their groundbreaking ‘Police control room wildlife crime training package’, which has trained over 5500 police staff in less than 12 months on how to handle calls from the public reporting wildlife crimes. These crimes, including badger baiting and hare coursing, often result in a gruesome end for the animals involved.

Kate Salmon, Campaign Manager and project lead, expressed her gratitude for the award, stating, “We are overwhelmed by this recognition and commend the dedicated police officers who tirelessly fight against the brutal persecution of British wildlife. Our work to support them continues and we are delighted to be acknowledged for our efforts in animal welfare.”

Salmon also stressed the dire consequences of wildlife crime for both rural communities and the animals involved. She called for an end to these heinous acts and highlighted the vital role of the police in protecting wildlife.

The training package, developed in partnership with the National Wildlife Crime Unit and RSPCA, and with the support of Thames Valley Police, utilizes innovative animations to educate learners on the stages of wildlife crimes. This equips police control room operators with the necessary knowledge to effectively respond to calls and dispatch the appropriate officers.

Sarah Carr, Chief Executive at Naturewatch Foundation, expressed her gratitude to the charity’s supporters, stating, “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank our loyal supporters. Their continuous donations and loyalty allow us to continue our work, and it is heartwarming to be able to give back to them, knowing that their charitable actions have a direct impact on animal welfare.”

The Charity Awards, now in its 24th year, recognizes innovative charities that exemplify best practices and deliver sustainable benefits to communities and society.

For more information and advice on wildlife crime, visit the Naturewatch Foundation website at

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