Established in 2011, the Palestinian Animal League (PAL) is the only locally-run animal protection organisation operating within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt). The voluntary organisation’s work encompasses the delivery of veterinary care and other interventions to improve the welfare of animals; educational and awareness-raising activities with local communities (and particularly children) in order to increase understanding and find solutions for animal welfare problems; education and support programmes to promote the benefits of vegetarian and vegan nutrition, and the development and delivery of practical strategies to effectively identify and tackle the region's major animal welfare problems.
With a strong focus on community engagement and empowerment, PAL works with local people, and particularly with children; seeing the goal of seeking justice for both people and animals as an interlinked challenge which can, and should, be tackled in tandem. Working closely with other NGOs, PAL has delivered far-reaching education programmes for young people and students; including community fun days for children in refugee camps in the West Bank and summer camps where youngsters are given the opportunity to take part in field trips to learn about the local environment. On a strategic level, current projects include working with local universities to establish the first animal welfare laws in the oPt and the development of veterinary clinics to provide care to animals that would otherwise be denied treatment.
Based on an ethos of encouraging kindness, justice and compassion for all, the group has ever-increasing support in the form of a growing group of committed and skilled volunteers on the ground. What is now needed is external support to help provide funding, expert advise and guidance to facilitate the delivery of the ambitious projects that are planned for the coming years.
With this in mind, a trip to the UK is being planned for mid-January 2015, to allow the PAL team to visit the UK to meet with the leading animal protection groups here, with a view to instigate and develop long-term working relationships with them. In addition, the group plans to deliver a series of talks to interested groups to raise awareness and gain support for their groundbreaking work for animals and people. At present, the work of PAL is being promoted by friends of the organisation in the UK acting as advocates for them. We believe that it is vital that the members of the group working on the ground in the oPt are given the opportunity to represent themselves as this is the best way to establish long-term and sustainable working relationships. There are no people better placed to discuss the work of PAL than the members of the Palestinian team.
For this reason, we are hoping to raise the money to bring the Director (and potentially other team members if funds allow) to the UK for a two-week trip to facilitate this important next stage of their work.
We hope that you will support us in making this trip a reality! Thank you!