Dogs in the Philippines
Ending the dog meat trade in the Philippines
I am delighted to become a patron of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust.
I am passionate about wildlife and the work that charities like IWCT are doing across the world to help the plight of animals suffering cruelty.
I am delighted to be a Patron of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust.
I have been involved in Animal Welfare for over twenty years and it never ceases to amaze me how cruel humans can be when it comes to the pain inflicted on those, our voiceless companions, with whom we share our wonderful planet. None more so, I am sad to say, than when it comes to the appalling Dog Meat Trade. It is a trade which is frowned upon, in many cases, by the majority in those countries across Asia where it is practised.
It is thanks to the great work done by many charities in the region that attention is being brought to this vile trade, and moves are being made to try and stop it altogether. One such charity is IWCT. I'm glad to support it by being a patron.
Born in Wandsworth in 1945, he was educated at Emanuel School and the Royal Veterinary College, London, qualifying as a vet in 1969. Apart from 3 years in pharmaceutical research with Eli Lilly, he spent the majority of his career in general practice in South Wales, Essex and 25 years running a large veterinary hospital and mixed practice in East Grinstead.
He has worked for the BBC on undercover investigations involving animals on the Inside Out programme and for 10 years was a trustee of Animal Care in Egypt, an equine charity working in Luxor. Since 2010, he has been head livestock vet for the South of England Show Society. He is married to Joanna and has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren and lives in Chiddingstone, Kent. They have a small herd of Sussex cattle.
For thirty years David was a successful dairy farmer with an award-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows. With the milk industry undergoing huge changes along with the demise of the Milk Marketing Board, it was time to re-think his farming policy so reluctantly the herd was sold in 1994.
Long before it became fashionable David had always been interested in conservation and British wildlife in particular. He was greatly inspired by the work those pioneering champions of conservation, Sir Peter Scott and Gerald Durrell, were doing at Slimbridge and Jersey respectively and by what the controversial casino owner John Aspinal was achieving with his zoos in Kent. Having sold the cows the realisation of his second childhood dream was possible, to have his own zoo and do something for conservation! The farm was slowly converted into a wildlife centre and nature reserve and opened as a visitor attraction in 2000 to raise awareness to the plight of our native wildlife.
Today the British Wildlife Centre is home to the finest collection of native wildlife in Britain with over 40 different species from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer, all living in large enclosures landscaped to reflect their natural habitat.
A Centre of excellence where the message is Conservation through Education.
Born in the late 1940's educated at grammar school in Tunbridge Wells and the university of "Life". Studied postal course for Chartered Surveyor and qualified in 1970. Most of career spent surveying all types of property and project managing substantial health care developments.
Active participation throughout in animal rights demonstrations in UK, Ireland and Europe such as anti fox hunt; Canadian Seal hunt, Live animal exports from Shoreham. Still an active lobbyist in retirement. Continues to do fundraising for animal rescue organisation, Silent Auctions, Sponsored walks, stalls etc. Has set up and managed 3 animal welfare charity shops.
Has four rescued collie type dogs at present who enjoy Flyball competitions.
Edward - Kennelmate & Maintenance
Elmar - Kennelmate
Freddie - Kennelmate
Ener - Kennelmate
Nora - Cook
Rico - Veterinary & Admin Assistant
Kevin John - Kennelmate
Greg - Centre Manager
A friend of the centre
Roland - Veterinary Surgeon
Rico - Veterinary & Admin Assistant