EARS is a unique collaboration of rescue centres and sanctuaries across Europe. We aim to be a strong and effective European network to support, promote and achieve continuous improvements in animal welfare. At the same time we work to eliminate the very reasons that necessitate the existence of rescue centres and sanctuaries.

For more information about a work over recent years, please take a look at our Annual Reports:

EARS 2013 Annual Report

EARS 2014 Annual Report

EARS Annual Report 2015

EARS Annual Report 2016

Our objectives are to:

1. Establish a membership based system to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise and promote high standards of captive care and rehabilitation for all EARS Partners.

Annually we organise a meeting for Partners and guests to share expertise and knowledge, participate in important debates, and receive training in areas of need. Meetings are rotated around Partner facilities to learn more about how each organisation provides appropriate and professional species-specific care and management, and solves the challenges faced in the daily management of running a rescue centre and sanctuary. In between these meetings important information on developments and news is circulated to Partners to further build capacity. Partner activities and successes are communicated to international audiences to highlight advancements in the sector.

 


2. Establish and manage a system in Europe to facilitate the most appropriate animal placement according to individual welfare and species-specific requirements.

Many species have evolved to live in very complex social and physical environments. In the wild some species are predominately solitary whilst others may have social needs and live in groups. Kept in inappropriate captive conditions and management regimes, animals may develop abnormal behaviours or be physically maimed, preventing them from temporarily, and sometimes permanently, from interacting with members of the same species. Some species are simply not suited to living in captivity. This can make finding a suitable home challenging. Working together EARS aims to facilitate the most appropriate placement, one that provides professional standards of care and management.

Photo: (c) Centro Tutela e Ricerca Fauna Esotica e Selvatica - Monte Adone


3. Represent the community and provide expert input and guidance at the national, regional and international stage on political, policy and legislative issues.

EARS was created to represent rescue centres and sanctuaries. Caught up in the day-to-day work of animal rescue and triage, EARS ensures that practitioners can contribute to important national and regional issues and debates, and that their voice, interests and concerns are represented and heard at the highest levels. Politicians and policy makers seek the input of EARS to support advancements in animal welfare and law enforcement.

Photo: (c) AAP Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals


4. Lobby European governments, and work with Partners, stakeholders and the public to end commercial trade and exploitation, and the keeping of animals that are not suited to captivity.

EARS aims to be a strong and effective European network to support, promote and achieve continuous improvements in animal welfare. At the same time EARS works to eliminate the very reasons that necessitate the existence of rescue centres and sanctuaries. This is achieved by lobbying, supporting campaigns, and forging partnerships with public and private agencies to advance and integrate animal welfare and wildlife conservation considerations into policy and practice across Europe.

Photo: (c) Natuurhulpcentrum Wildlife Rescue Centre


5. Deliver communications to promote respect and empathy towards animals including species-specific needs, and strengthening links between the activities of rescue centres and sanctuaries and wildlife conservation.

Underpinning the work of EARS is effective communication. Key to realising EARS mission and goals is raising awareness to the issues surrounding our work. Audiences include national and regional governments, rescue centres and sanctuaries, animal welfare and conservation organisations, zoos, educational establishments, and the general public. Messages are delivered by circulating information on the EARS website and e-news, participating in national, regional and international forums and conferences, and delivering formal and informal presentations. EARS partners with and supports other like-minded organisations to increase outreach and effectiveness.