Wildlife Vets International's 'Sustainable' Stand (L25) at London Vet Show

Press Release

13 Nov 2019

Wildlife Vets International's 'Sustainable' Stand (L25) at London Vet Show

Charity Wildlife Vets International (WVI) will highlight the dangers to turtles of rising levels of plastic in the ocean on an environmentally-friendly stand constructed from recyclable cardboard at London Vet Show.  The charity is currently supporting vets and rehabilitation staff with training and advice at two flagship turtle rescue projects, the CRAM Foundation in Barcelona and the Archelon Rescue Centre in Athens.

WVI provides veterinary support for conserving and protecting endangered species and is recognised as a leader in conservation medicine. It is asking the members of the veterinary profession to support its campaign to raise £15,000 campaign to improve the veterinary care of affected turtles.  The campaign has been selected for The Big Give Xmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which means that online donations made between #GivingTuesday 3 December and Tuesday 10 December will be doubled by match funding from WVI supporters such as Nationwide Laboratories.

 

During London Vet Show, WVI will also be highlighting the work of innovative companies working to recycle ocean plastics on its environmentally-friendly stand. These include Kingspan, which is recycling clear plastic bottles and marine plastics for use in insulation panels, and Rapscallion Soda, which has replaced the plastic rings used to hold together six-pack drink cans, with rings made from by-product waste and other compostable materials.

 

Commenting, WVI Executive Director Olivia Walter said: “The devastating impact of ocean plastics on sea turtles is hard to understate so it is vital that we seek to understand and ameliorate the impact of ingested plastic and provide protocols, teaching aids and other resources for veterinarians, students and others working so hard at rescue centres to help affected animals. At WVI we work alongside local associations and rescue centres battling to save endangered species by offering them access to specialist wildlife veterinarians. The work being done at the two marine rescue centres we’re supporting is outstanding and we hope that our colleagues in the veterinary profession will show their support for our work and mobilise their friends and clients to do the same.”

 

She added: “We also thank London Vet Show for donating our stand space and for the work that they are doing to reduce waste and make the LVS more sustainable. It’s time for us all to step up on this.”
 

For further information, please contact WVI on stand L25, phone 07508 801 099 or email info@wildlifevetsinternational.org or visit

W: www.wildlifevetsinternational.org  

 

Olivia Walter

Executive Director
Wildlife Vets International
M : +44 7508 801 099
A: Station House, Parkwood Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 4NQ, United Kingdom
 

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