Anna shares why supporting OneKind means so much to her…
This is Anna, 10, and her dog Skye. Anna spends a lot of time outdoors and enjoys climbing Munros. Skye and her beloved soft toy fox, Lupin go everywhere with her. Anna cares so much for animals and this is her second event for OneKind. Anna is determined to do as much as she can to raise awareness and money to fight against animal cruelty. We asked Anna to tell us about her love of animals and why taking part in events means so much to her.
Here’s what Anna had to say:
Why I am taking part in events
” I feel like it’s more important than ever to support Scotland’s animal charities and take part in events to show my support, raise awareness and of course, money to help keep fighting against animal cruelty. I love to hike and when I do, I am always bowled over by the wildlife I see. I was so upset when I heard the news about the recent disappearance of two beautiful eagles and it has really worried me.
I support OneKind because they work hard to make changes for animals. I want to be right behind them and support their efforts to put pressure on the Scottish Government to change their policies, particularly concerning fox hunting and raptor persecution. The sooner the better. I know that we need as many people as possible to show their support. More voices mean more power.”
My love of foxes
“My mum brought me a toy fox back from the Isle of Skye a few years ago which I named Lupin. Lupin is my best friend and goes everywhere with me. I absolutely love foxes and when my mum explained to me that although there is a ban on fox hunting, people still do it, I was incredibly sad. The law is complicated but it should be simple. People should not be hunting foxes at all. It’s so cruel. It seems everyone knows what is really happening but hunting still continues much as it did before. The way foxes are killed makes me incredibly sad but what makes me really angry are the hunters who enjoy it. OneKind is fighting for foxes and I want to help them as much as I can. I just cannot understand how these people can call this a sport and enjoy being so cruel to these little creatures. That’s why I decided to do something positive last year to help. I completed a sponsored cycle on Boxing Day last year and raise nearly £300. I will keep doing what I can and that’s why I’ve chosen to take part in this run.
I am really looking forward to it and hope the weather is nice but to be honest, it won’t really matter. I have been up the hills keeping fit and getting prepared. The last one I did was a Munro in memory of the mountaineer Hugh Munro for the ‘Munro Table Project’ which is an environmental community project. I think the best part is that for every Munro climbed a high altitude tree is planted. I love both animals and nature and enjoying doing what I can to help.
Lupin will definitely be there with me when I do my run. He’s my wee mascot and I would be lost without him. He goes everywhere with me. I’m just happy to do what I can to help and keep standing up for foxes.”
Thank you for reading my story,
Anna (& Lupin)
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