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KEEP THE BAN

Rob Pownall

Founder

"I'm Rob and for the past 5 years I have led the Keep The Ban campaign. I'm passionate about doing all I can to consign hunting to the history books and educating the public about the realities of wildlife persecution. Whilst the campaign has achieved so much I realise the extent to which hunting still takes place and I want to dedicate my life to ending cruelty in the name of sport.

In 2020 Keep The Ban became a registered non-profit organisation and I want it to become a vehicle for long-lasting change. Through a combination of educating, campaigning, and investigating I believe we can make a meaningful difference for wildlife. I am a firm believer that change can only happen when every one of us stands up and takes action.

If you agree with what I stand for and want to help make a difference then please get in touch. We work with a whole host of organisations big and small who share our goals and beliefs and we're always looking to take on new projects and support those who actively fight against wildlife crime. Get in touch - contact@keeptheban.uk or sign up to be a volunteer and get notified as to how you can help our campaigns.

James Harkness

Head of fundraising

 "I’m James “Harky” Harkness, I own and run StayClose clothing and I’m a proud out spoken Hunt Saboteur! I’ve been using my company to fundraise for Sabs for 3 years and have done multiple collaborations with sab groups here in the Uk and across the world!

I’m excited to bring my knowledge and skills I’ve learnt from running a clothing company to Keep The Ban with the goal of fundraising enough money so no sab group goes unfunded, no shelter runs dry of supplies.

I want to help be apart of the end of hunting which I believe is an achievable goal. I want to help change the perception of Hunt Sabs and what it is to be one in the hope of getting more people involved in the fight against the hunt!

Every single person has the opportunity to be apart of causing real change! People just need to believe it’s possible!"

Amy Schouwenburg

Head of research & social media

"I’m Amy and I have recently started working alongside Rob with the Keep The Ban campaign. I am passionate about the treatment of wildlife, and I am determined to put behind us the dark nature of hunting that still takes place today, despite the Hunting Act.

I have always cared deeply about putting a stop to animal cruelty, but I first got immersed within the anti-hunt movement when I started going out with the Kernow Hunt Saboteurs in Cornwall. I carried out a photo-story on them over a period of 3 years. This really opened up my eyes to the brutality and musty culture of the so-called ‘sport’, as well as to the incredible hard work hunt sabs dedicate, in their own time, to protecting our wildlife.Because of this, I feel it is so important to try and educate each other on the reality of what goes on and why the ban needs strengthening, to spread awareness, as well as to finally put a stop to it.

No moment is wasted with my time at Keep The Ban. The work Rob does is invaluable to the campaign for ending cruel blood sports, and I am proud to be part of the team.”

Design Kind

graphic/web design

"Design Kind is very much an integral part of the Keep The Ban family. We’ve worked together on a number of projects over the past few months and it was a no-brainer to enlist their design and website expertise to create something that would take our campaigning to the next level. Our expectations were high to begin with, but their execution of the project was second to none.

One only has to spend a few minutes on our website to take action against wildlife persecution and it is this functionality combined with the sleek design which we have been most impressed with. Design Kind has helped transform what we do and has created an online space that will allow our supporters to engage with our work and keep up to date with all of the latest developments. We are committed to doing anything and everything to ensure hunting and wildlife persecution is consigned to the dustbin of history and this website will help us do just that.

What we also love about Design Kind is their commitment to social causes and their attention to detail. We couldn’t have asked for a better duo to work alongside to bring our vision to reality. This is only the start of our work with Design Kind and we look forward to taking on new projects in the near future! If you’re a non-profit organisation or charity we highly recommend getting in touch with the team!"

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