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Celebrating Women's Day: Three Amazing Female Animal Rights Activists

These women dedicate their lives to animal welfare dog-cat-happy
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Today is International Women's Day. To help celebrate all things female, we looked at three women who dedicated their lives to improving animal welfare.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 08/03/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

1# Jill Robinson

After moving to Hong Kong in 1985, Jill Robinson spent 12 years working as a consultant for the International Fund of Animal Welfare. Hong Kong wasn't the best place for dogs back in those days, and Jill witnessed widespread animal cruelty. This included the Bowen Road scandal, a troubling series of incidents in which a local resident was poisoning stray dogs. In 1991, Jill set up Dr Dog, an animal welfare charity that aimed to change the countrys perceptions of dogs.

Many experts believe that Hong Kong is becoming increasingly dog-friendly. The country now has a growing number of animal welfare charities and organisations.

Jill is also the founder of Animals Asia, a charity that helps fight cruelty to bears. 

2# Lya Battle

Lya Battle is the co-founder of Territorio de Zaguates, or the Land of the Strays. Based in Costa Rica, the Land of the Strays is a sprawling outdoor sanctuary that cares for over 1,000 dogs. Lya began taking in the strays around 13 years ago from the streets of San Jose. As the numbers increased, Lya and her husband decided to set up the sanctuary. Everyone works there on a volunteer basis, and the land of the strays is funded by donations and tourists. It costs around £500 a day to feed the strays; the sanctuary will never put a healthy dog down.

3# Celia Hammond

Celia Hammond is a former model who has dedicated the largest part of her life to rescuing and rehoming cats. She's the founder of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, which has two London veterinarian clinics that treat sick and unwanted kitties. The trust is a way of life for Celia. She works up to 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is on call every night just in case a cat needs rescuing. Celia has received numerous awards for all her hard work and dedication, including the Linda McCartney Award for Animal Welfare, the  Pet Plan Most Deserving Cat Rescue Shelter Award, and  The Richard Martin Award. In 2007, she was given a lifetime achievement award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.



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