Does anybody in the UK watch the programme “Wildlife S.O.S.”? About the animal rescue/hospital known as Wildlife Aid run by Simon Cowell ? (no not THAT Simon Cowell, this one does some good)
This outfit carries out rescues, hospitalisation, treatment and re-releasing of wild animals injured under almost any circumstance. It is based in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey.
They are called out by the police and fire brigades, in addition to local people, whenever a wild animal is, say, involved in a road accident. They receive no government funding and do NOT charge when called out by the authorities.
You will appreciate that running an animal hospital requires access to the premises 24/7/365.
The Olympic Committee/Transport for London/Surrey County Council have announced the route of the 2012 Olympic road cycle race. This will necessitate, they tell us, the closing of the only road access to this animal hospital on 14th August 2011 (for a trial race) to test the route and on 28th AND 29th of July 2012 for the real racing.
Now there are a multitude of routes they could have chosen and they have, I presume, taken care not to block access to normal hospitals i.e. those for people. I say assume, but knowing how things get screwed up in this country, can we be sure?
Anyway, to the point. The closure of this road puts at risk the lives and safety of countless animals housed at the hospital and it is my hope that the route can be changed.
I have managed to establish some email addresses for complaints about the routing are:-
[email protected] (this is NOT a private email address it’s an official one)
The Surrey County website is www.surreycc.gov.uk
l will be sending a complaint about the route as will several hundred other supporters of this hospital.
Can I ask that anyone else who cares about wild animal welfare, especially in the UK and more especially if you are in a location which will be affected by this or other Olympic events join me and take a few minutes to send an email of complaint about the Randalls Road closure to each of the above email addresses.