One Voice for Animals UK (OVFAUK) was set up in April 2020 to support small rescues struggling due to the Covid crisis. One Voice for Animals UK brings together almost 300 animal organisations, caring for approx 22,000 animals between them into one searchable directory where the animal-loving public can find and support rescues near them.
Richard Bowler says: “I’ve always been interested in wildlife and environmental issues, so this is a cause close to my heart.”
Richard often finds, and helps, injured animals when out photographing wildlife in the early hours, so is very aware of the importance of animal rescue centres. His favourite animal is probably the fox, despite seeing many wonderful animals on his extensive travels in Africa, and South and Central America. Since moving to his smallholding 9 years ago, Richard has been lucky enough to care for 3 rescue foxes: Rosie, Hetty and Charlie.
Richard is a passionate anti-hunting campaigner. He has encountered illegal fox hunting near his property, and experienced intimidation from those taking part. He says: “it breaks my heart to think of these animals being chased down by a pack of dogs and ripped to pieces for so-called ‘sport’”. Richard hopes that his photographs of the foxes he cares for will encourage people to see them in a new light.
One Voice for Animals UK founder, Val Green, said: “I follow Richard Bowler on social media, as well as enjoying his wonderful photographs. I was impressed with his advocacy for animals, particularly foxes. I recognised that Richard represented the same values we have in OVFAUK and am thrilled Richard has agreed to become our newest patron.”