West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma has had his cats taken away by the RSPCA following shocking footage showing him kicking and hitting one of his cats went viral this week. However what this story has shown more than anything is how this country has a long way to go before animal cruelty is taken seriously. Despite the sickening video being the talk of the nation West Ham United still decided to start Zouma for their game against Watford on Tuesday night. In the face of horrid cruelty inflicted on an innocent animal, it was decided it was still more important to allow this man to play a game of football. The decision showed us just how far we still have to go before animal cruelty is taken seriously in this country.

Taking to Twitter, Chris Packham said the following:

"The rancid stench of arrogance and no accountability is choking our lives and the London Stadium reeks of it tonight . Their sport , once held as a paragon of fairness and excellence , is blighted by greed and a wholesale disregard for our most treasured basic values. They have lost any plot that remained , and we are losing the game . We have a consummate love for our pets , we revere , nourish and nurture them . And in return they keep us happy , sane , sometimes alive. We have laws to protect them, but those laws, those standards protect us too. They are not just there to save cats from being kicked and slapped, they are there to remind us of what being human is."

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Our undercover investigation into the Beaufort Hunt in October 2021 pressured the National Trust and other major landowners to ban the hunts for good. Now we urgently need your help to fund more vital investigations into illegal wildlife crime and expose those who persecute animals.

SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER TO EXPOSE ANIMAL ABUSERS

We're Keep The Ban and we work to end fox hunting and all forms of wildlife abuse. That's why we're partnered with the Hunt Investigation Team to expose those who persecute animals for the sheer fun of it. The highly skilled investigators are on standby to carry out multiple investigations this year and each one costs £3000.

There are a dozen reports of illegal activity taking place across the country and with your support we can investigate every single one of them.

In October 2021 we revealed how the Beaufort Hunt were shooting dead many of their healthy hunting dogs and this led to nationwide press coverage and an ITV exclusive.

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It showed for the first time how hunts up and down the country dispose of unwanted hounds deemed no longer good enough. Two of the poor hounds had to be shot twice after showing signs of life. The footage was instrumental in helping put pressure on the National Trust and other major landowners to end the licensing of 'trail hunts' on their land.

In 2022 we want to fund ten undercover investigations and expose even more wildlife criminals.

We have an abundance of intel and several investigations waiting to be launched and with your support we can uncover what really goes on in the British countryside.

With your backing, 2022 will be the year that we educate the public about the below and so much more..

  • The role of terriermen in procuring foxes to be hunted
  • The lie that is 'trail hunting' and how hunts are deliberately and intentionally hunting wildlife
  • Why the 2004 Hunting Act needs to be strengthened
  • The role of gamekeepers in decimating different species in order to preserve wildlife to be shot for 'sport'
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Can you help us make 2022 the year that wildlife abusers have nowhere to hide?

Every pound raised from this fundraiser will go straight into funding a team of highly skilled and expert investigators. We use the latest and greatest technologies and surveillance techniques to capture the truth. Together we can make a real difference for wildlife and put pressure on decision makers to make a change for good.

It is time that those who subject animals to sickening abuse are exposed for the world to see and held responsible for their actions.


Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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