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EDUARDO GONCALVES

Former chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports founded the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, helping to make it front page news.

At the League Against Cruel Sports, Eduardo campaigned against proposals to bring back fox-hunting. He also lobbied then environment secretary Michael Gove to increase jail sentences for dog-fighting. It came after a major undercover investigation revealed criminal gangs across Europe were breeding and shipping dogs into the UK for organised fights with prizes of up to £50,000. 

After stepping down from his role in 2018 due to ill-health, he set up the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting to highlight how some of the world’s most endangered species are being killed for sport in their thousands. 

He has gathered cross-party support for a ban on trophy imports, as well as working with newspapers such as the Mirror to put the issue onto the national agenda. 

He is leading an international campaign to close a loophole in international regulations which currently allows trophy hunters to shoot critically endangered wildlife.  With a UK trophy ban imminent, he is also campaigning in The Hague to abolish trophy hunting worldwide by means of an international prohibition treaty. 

Previously, Eduardo set up SOS Lynx, a successful campaign group created to prevent the extinction of the Iberian Lynx. He has also created a wildlife reserve in southern Portugal which was previously a hunting zone. 

CHRIS PACKHAM

Naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker is one of Britain’s most powerful voices for the natural world.

Chris has translated a childhood passion for wildlife into a career as one of our best-loved TV presenters, who has instilled a love and concern for animals and the environment in millions of viewers of all ages.

Since he could crawl Chris has been an ardent nature lover - as a toddler he would search the family garden in Southampton for ladybirds to rescue and he spent his teenage years studying birds, badgers and other wildlife.

He also played in a punk band, but despite trading in his pink platforms for a comfortable pair of walking boots, the music's ethos left an indelible mark on Chris who learned to never take 'no' for an answer. 

He went on to study Zoology at Southampton University and trained to be a wildlife cameraman, working on A Toad’s Tale with Stephen Bolwell in 1983. 

He soon swapped for a career in front of the camera, presenting award-winning The Really Wild Show from 1986 until 1995, instilling a love of animals in a whole generation of kids. 

He has become one of our best-loved wildlife presenters, with the hugely popular Springwatch, and its BBC spin-off shows.

Chris has always used his platform to campaign for the natural world.

Throughout his career, he has been a vociferous opponent of the badger cull and a leading campaigner against driven grouse shooting.  

He is vocal about wildlife and conservation injustices, travelling to Malta in 2014 to conduct an award-winning investigation into the horrifying slaughter of migrating birds. 

Chris, 58, co-founded the Wild Justice campaign group which takes legal action on the behalf of wildlife against public bodies who are failing to protect species and their habitats. 

He said: "Our wildlife has been abused, has been suffering, exploited or destroyed by criminals for too long. Well, no longer." 

His work has won him numerous accolades including a CBE earlier this year for his services to nature conservation. 

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The inspirational winners of the 2019 Animal Hero Awards will be announced soon.

 

Webbox is proud to have partnered once again with the Mirror to recognise the achievements of those who are committed to helping protect and care for animals of all shapes and sizes, along with those animals that go above and beyond for their owners or friends.

At Webbox we are committed to the ongoing welfare of all creatures, working alongside charities and individuals that support animals and humans through all walks of life. Every month we receive hundreds of letters with stories about the inspirational deeds of those in the animal world, along with the extraordinary acts of animals themselves.

Working with the Animal Hero Awards helps provide us with the right platform to recognise and honour the selfless acts of both animals and animal lovers. We very much look forward to reading the nominations for the 2020 awards and meeting those that work so tirelessly to help the creatures we care for so deeply.

  

Battersea is proud to be the charity partner for the Mirror’s Animal Hero Awards. As one of the nation’s leading animal welfare organisations, Battersea is a firm believer in celebrating both the lives of remarkable animals and the humans who devote their time and love to care for creatures great and small.

Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since we were first founded in Islington in 1860. Over the last 160 years we have rescued, reunited and rehomed over three million dogs and cats and as a charity we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need. We care for an average of 250 dogs and 120 cats at any one time across our three centres in London, Berkshire and Kent and there is no time limit on how long an animal can stay with us.

As well as the work we do at our three rescue centres, Battersea uses our expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.

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