Why should we give to Conservation?

I’ve been interested in conservation since I was a very small child; animals and nature have always been a huge part of my life. When I was young I didn’t have pop stars on my wall but photos of hunting dogs and cheetahs taken out of my World of Wildlife magazines. I subscribed to WWF and another huge influence was the brilliant naturalist and author- Gerald Durrell. Not only was he a conservationist but he wrote the funniest books like ‘My Family & Other Animals’ and his collecting books were so well described. I have every one of them still. He started his conservation work in Jersey and this continues at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Over many years I’ve rescued many injured animals and have a menagerie of my own.

The most obvious reason for conservation is to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity. … Preservation of these habitats helps to prevent the entire ecosystem from being harmed. As more and more species face extinction, the work being done to protect wildlife is becoming more and more important.

Living in the North East of Scotland with its fantastic coast and wonderful wildlife we’re very lucky to see lots of wildlife. Mammals, birds, insects but probably my favourite are the whales and dolphins. The above image is of Orcas off Shetland. I don’t think everyone realizes how close these beautiful creatures are close to our coast. Only recently a rare Sei whale was spotted in the Firth of Forth. One of our favourite trips is to visit Chanonry Point on the Black Isle and view the Moray dolphins. In fact, the photos below are from there. There are many whales and dolphins all around the coast of the UK, not just Scotland.

What is the role of Whale and Dolphin Conservation?

When I was considering what conservation my business would support it wasn’t difficult. The work WDC does fits in so well with my ethos of the environment first. Their four goals are End Captivity; Stop Whaling; Create Healthy Seas and Prevent deaths in nets.

End Captivity

image showing how conservation ends captivity
Dolphins swimming free:

Over ‘3,600 whales and dolphins remain in tanks. But the tide is turning. People like you are boycotting captive aquaria and supporting WDC to do critical work’.

In recent years WDC has campaigned for holiday companies to stop selling trips to SeaWorld and other aquaria; leading to the Virgin pledge for all aquaria to stop imports of wild-caught whales and dolphins and many travel companies agreeing to no longer promote or sell tickets to marine parks. They have also helped prevent the opening of new aquaria and even a total captivity ban in India, Croatia, Slovenia, and other countries.

Stop Whaling

“Over 1,500 whales, and even more dolphins, are killed in hunts every year.

And the whalers make no secret of wanting to kill more.

WDC is determined that this won’t happen and, for over three decades, we have successfully fought to defend the international moratorium on whaling against those who would overturn it”.

They do this by taking part in international talks, reducing the consumption of whale meat, and promoting whale watching as a sustainable alternative.

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  • image of protest in pharoah islands against whaling
  • Image of stop whaling sign

Create Healthy Seas!

Water covers over 70% of the world’s surface, yet only a tiny percentage is ‘protected.’ And the threats of commercial fishing, plastics, and pollution are combining to make the whole ocean unsafe.

Most countries are signed on to an agreement calling for at least 10% of the ocean’s surface to be protected by 2020. But if we’re going to save the whale, we need to work toward the IUCN target of 30%.

It’s an ambitious target, but it would benefit lots of species, not just whales and dolphins, and that includes humankind.

In recent years we have successfully lobbied the Scottish government to double the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) for whales and dolphins and successfully lobbied the US government to increase protective measures for right whales, including expanding protected habitat by 40,000 sq. miles.

the image shows a healthy sea
Creating healthy seas

Prevent Death in Nets:

No one really knows the full extent of the numbers of whales and dolphins dying in nets. It is a hugely under-reported problem. The most recent estimates suggest hundreds of thousands. It’s threatening huge numbers and several vulnerable species.

WDC has helped ban -or change – damaging fishing practices that can kill whales and dolphins. The work focuses on

  • Working with governments to ensure laws are toughened up to stop dolphins, porpoises and whales dying in fishing nets and gear.
  • Teaming up with scientists and fishers to find safer fishing methods.
  • Fighting to save species on the brink.
an image showing fish, whales, and dolphins in a net
Prevent death in nets!

How making natural soap fits in with the Conservation.

A huge part of starting my business in creating natural soap was to create a natural product from plant-based oils and reduce my reliance on soap and shampoo that is contained in mass-produced soaps. Initially, I was giving my soaps to friends and family but got the opportunity to start my own business. My ethos of using totally natural ingredients means that I know my soaps are not going to pollute the environment nor cause harm and damage to a human’s delicate skin. Nor in fact, to a dog’s skin.

Everything I source is cruelty-free, non-GMO, and biodegradable. I won’t use Palm oil. The soaps I make contain lovely ingredients and the second artisan soaps I created have seven lovely oils including organic coconut, cocoa & mango butter as well as rice bran oil, and olive oil. This makes the soap very luxurious and not the cheapest to make however I believe in sourcing the best so that customers have a lovely experience. I try to keep my prices down so they are affordable.

Another aspect of conservation is the eco-friendliness of my products and their packaging. Every aspect of the film which wraps my soap, labels, and packaging is biodegradable including the cling film and Tessatape!

Lastly, I just love the fact that 5% of my sales are donated to Whale & Dolphin Conservation to help them continue their valuable work. Somebody asked me when I was starting my business, “Why would you want to give a percentage of your profits to charity? “

The simple answer is :

” We all have to do our bit for conservation and the environment”. I’m delighted to help WDC in any way I can; it may be only a gentle wave rather than a Tsunami but we all have to do our bit”. Thanks for helping me do my part!