Spotlight: Claws Out founder, Beth Jennings, reveals the truth behind cub petting

Cubs

Credit: Beth Jennings

I was made aware of Beth’s story when in discussion with a fellow guest at this year’s Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards in London last week. From the brief story I heard, I knew I had to find out more about her eye-opening campaign and short film on the cub petting industry, so got in touch with Beth myself. Here’s what she had to say…

C: How would you describe Claws Out?

B: Claws Out began as an awareness blog and soon snowballed into a full time role as a Campaign Manager for IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals). The entire entity stemmed from my experience as a volunteer in 2015, hand rearing lion cubs after being led to believe that I was contributing towards conservation. It’s now the charity’s only lion welfare campaign, raising awareness about the plight of lions in South Africa Continue reading

You’re a winner

#361: You’ve just won £1 billion pounds in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

I’d first use it to set up my family for the rest of their days, mortgage and bills wise. I’d then quit my job and really focus all my time and energy on finding an exciting new job within the video editing/producing/presenting industry. During this time, to mix it up, I’d plan a killer family holiday, making sure everyone’s wishes were fulfilled. Once I’d secured my perfect role, I’d finally move into London and start various evening classes.

Of course, it goes without saying that I’d donate regularly to charity and give food, drinks and/or blankets etc to the homeless.

P.s. I missed yesterday’s prompt as I spent Boxing Day with all the family… also looking after my cousins 4 and 6 year old girls… needless to say I slept for almost 15 hours today! (I usually get 6-8 hours sleep a night).

Sorry, I’m busy

#258: Tell us about a time when you should have helped someone… but didn’t.

Do chuggers count…? FYI, a chugger is an abbreviation of the term ‘Charity Mugger’, which here in the UK refers to the people that hang around crowded places (most frequently tube entrances/exits) trying to get you to sign up to a “one-off” charity donation, which turns into a regular one (commonly by text message). I have learnt that you need to continue walking, whilst saying “I already donate” in order for them to leave you be, otherwise they’ll send you down a huge guilt trip as to why you should donate in an attempt to get their commission. This makes me sound like a selfish individual but when I can, I do donate. Plus, even if I did want to make a one-off donation or set up a regular one, I certainly wouldn’t do it through a complete stranger that randomly approached me in the street.