Don’t miss your chance to win an animal inspired t-shirt and art print – for true nature lovers!
We’re kickstarting 2017 with a fab giveaway for one lucky winner, as we prepare for the re-launch of the Compassionate Tee-Shop with a brand new collection of awesome animal graphic print t-shirts – with our brand new 100% sustainable suppliers Teemill.
THANK YOU SO MUCH from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who purchased our donkey t-shirts, art and xmas cards for our beautiful Bonnie over the past year.
Former Compassionate Dorset volunteer (and massive fan of our Compassionate tees!), Bonnie Christopher launched her own gofundmepage back in 2015 to raise funds for the charity Animal Aid Unlimitedwhen she discovered she was battling terminal cancer. In her honour the charity have since set up the‘The Bonnie Christopher Forever Home for Donkeys’ in Udaipur in India, to help thousands of neglected and abused working donkeys, and give them the love and support (and cuddles!) that Bonnie is no longer able to give directly herself.
We wanted to post a full update below on our various fundraising activities so you can see exactly how much your support and goodwill has been part of making Bonnie’s last wish be fulfilled and to make her work live on even after her death. All the money we have raised is already starting to be put to good use by the charity and will continue to go such a long way to helping donkeys in need…
THANK YOU to everyone who supported our June 2016 campaignand brought a limited edition ‘SAVE THE WHALES’ t-shirt.
We sold 41 t-shirts in 3 weeks, so the Compassion Collective / Compassionate Dorset have now donated 50% of our profits which came to the value of £71.50 donation to WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation. This money will go towards helping their vital work, but more importantly, we hope we have helped to raise awareness for their amazing work to; protect whales and dolphins from threats like hunting, capture for human ‘entertainment’, entanglement in fishing gear and being hit by ships.
Each t-shirt design featured an interesting fact about each amazing character including the; blue whale, sperm whale, killer whale and gray whale.
“I really wanted to design a series of fun t-shirts that would celebrate the individual characters of some of my favourite whales, and help everyone, especially children, really identify with them. I’m hoping they will make people smile when they wear them, as well as raising funds for WDC to help us protect them for future generations.”
– Stu Jones, Designer at Boo&Stu – www.booandstu.co.uk
Thank you again 🙂 By the way if you like whales keep an eye out here for future t-shirts in the Compassionate Tee-Shop!
This week we are celebrating National Badger Week with the Badger Trust and the launch of a very special new children’s book…
National Badger Week is a celebration of one of the UK’s most favourite and unique mammals. The Badger Trust, various members of the Badger Trust’s affiliated member groups, and members of the community are coming together with events across the UK designed to raise awareness of badgers, their protection issues, and to raise funds for the continued protection and welfare of badgers.
We are extremely excited to be supporting a wonderful new book called “The Ones Who Walk Above” which launched with the Badger Trust on 25th June at Lush Oxford Street in London to kickstart Badger Week, and has been illustrated by Compassionate Dorset / Compassion Collective’s very own co-founderStu Jones! I am of course especially personally excited as Stu’s partner, as I have seen the book develop over the last 2 years, and just how much hard work, love and passion has gone into creating it, and I really hope it shows! (I really enjoyed creating the website myself too at www.theoneswhowalkabove.com).
We had an exciting day at the launch on Saturday with Stu (below far left) and the author Ben Kaye (below left) and were privileged to meet the CEO of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer (below right) who interviewed them about the book. We also met the inspiring young naturalist Georgia Locock (below right – she’s definitely a face to look out for in future – make sure you follow her blog Georgia’s Wildlife Watch), Kerry McCarthy the former Labour Environment secretary, and the lovely TV naturalist and conservationist Anneka Svenska (far below with Stu and Ben). Continue reading →
To celebrate WORLD OCEAN’S DAY today on 8th June 2016, the Compassion Collective have launched a special collection of LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRTS designed by Boo&Stu, partnering with the charity WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
We will donate 50% of our profits from each t-shirt sold this June featuring our five whale species designs, to help WDC fight for a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
“On World Ocean’s Day, we are excited to support Compassion Collective with the launch of their limited edition ‘Save the Whales’ t-shirt range. They highlight some of the amazing species WDC works to protect from threats like hunting, capture for human ‘entertainment’, entanglement in fishing gear and being hit by ships.” – Abbie Brook WDC Corporate fundraising officer Continue reading →
THANK YOU to everyone who supported our May 2016 campaign and brought a limited edition “Sleeping Hare” t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag.
We exceeded our target of 100 sales and sold 114 products in 3 weeks, so the Compassion Collective / Compassionate Dorset have now donated 50% of our profits which came to the value of £312.00 donation to Hounds Offand theHare Preservation Trust to PROTECT OUR HARES.
“We’d like the Hounds Off hare to represent, convey and hopefully spread our affection for these fabulous, lolloping, nose-twitching, wide-eyed, ever cautious, perfectly proportioned, ears keen, harming none, built-for-speed, always ready to run, stags of the stubble.”
Both organisations are run 100% by volunteers so this money will go a long way to help, and more importantly, we hope we have helped to raise awareness for their amazing work to; protect hares from the threat of illegal poaching with dogs, to tighten up the Hunting Act, to campaign for a closed shooting season for hares and for a ban on snares.
“The Brown Hare is one of our most popular British wild animals. With its wild eyes, long legs and big feet, it is always a privilege to see a hare bounding along, or relaxing in the sunshine like this lovely character! Following in the footsteps of the iconic Hounds Off “Sleeping Fox”, this hare peacefully rests because she is not being chased! She still has one beedy eye looking at us though… just to be sure!”
– Stu Jones, Designer at Boo&Stu – www.booandstu.co.uk
Thank you again 🙂 Keep an eye out for the new Hounds Off shop in 2017 if you still want to get your paws on one of these tees!
The Brown Hare is one of our most popular British wild animals. With its wild eyes, long legs and big feet, it is always a privilege to see a hare bounding along, or relaxing in the sunshine like this lovely character! But sadly our hares are under threat. We will donate 50% of our profits from each t-shirt, hoodie or tote bag sold over the next 3 weeks featuring our “Sleeping Hare” design to help Hounds Off and the Hare Preservation Trust; protect hares from the threat of illegal poaching with dogs, to tighten up the Hunting Act, to campaign for a closed shooting season for hares and for a ban on snares.
Please support our campaign by purchasing a tee and sharing this post with your friends to help us… PROTECT OUR HARES!
The last few months have been a deeply sad time for us here at Compassionate Dorset / The Compassion Collective. Our volunteer and supporter Sue Chamberlain, who was also the dedicated administrator to our friends at Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW), died earlier this year on 13th January 2016, just 2 months after we lost another amazing volunteer – Bonnie Christopher.
Sue and Bonnie, who previously volunteered together for us at the Tolpuddle Festival and the Dorset County Show (the picture above was taken by Bonnie in September 2014), have left a gaping hole in the animal welfare community here in Dorchester, Dorset.
After some time for contemplation and deeply inspired by their courage, compassion and commitment to animals, we now must step forward into 2016 with more optimism and determination than ever to keep their wishes alive – to help end the suffering of animals whether a badger, cow or donkey!
A true animal champion
Many people were not aware that Sue had been ill for some time, because she did such an amazing job and with boundless energy to protect our badgers (and cows too!) here in Dorset and beyond. Dorset for Badger & Bovine Welfare have said that Sue was: Continue reading →
Christmas is a time for love and compassion, not just for your fellow man, but for animals too. I believe every sentient being on this earth deserves our kindness and respect, and that’s why I have been thinking about how to have a more compassionate Christmas.
Here are a few ideas for how you can make your Christmas a more compassionate one…
Unlike some parts of the world, here in Britain we have official guidelines on how to treat and slaughter animals. These may not be perfect, but at least there are a level of animal welfare standards that mean that when you buy British meat, you can be more certain that it has been fairly treated. If you want to ensure a higher standard of animal welfare, go free range or organic.
Buying local and seasonal produce is also a great way of supporting your community, and is better for the planet.
Go free range
By buying free range or RSPCA Freedom Food you can be assured that these animals have benefited from outdoor access, bedding or perches, restriction on hours spent in transport, a prohibition on painful mutilations without anaesthetic such as beak trimming or tail docking, and are slower growing breeds (which suffer fewer welfare problems).
But remember it is not just about checking whether fresh meat, eggs and dairy products are free range, but also checking to see if products that contain these as ingredients are free range too.