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

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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

What is climate change?

Throughout my career in magazines, I have specialised in providing hundreds and hundreds of stories on the topics I am most passionate about – animals and the planet we share with them. Within the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that climate change stories have become more frequent and I would often find myself writing about them almost every single week.

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Now, most people know that climate change is an issue because it’s unfortunately taking a negative turn. But what is climate change?

As previously mentioned, I would frequently write about the latest climate change news, often needing to include a clear and succinct definition that was easy for eight to ten-year-olds to understand.

I recently came across this helpful BBC Radio video, which explains exactly what climate change and our carbon footprint is in 90 seconds so thought I’d share it.

On 15 February, thousands of young people across the UK ditched school to take part in a climate change strike demanding that the government take immediate action in tackling the issue. Demonstrations took place in 30 towns and cities, stretching from Cornwall all the way to the Scottish Highlands. The campaign was inspired by the actions of a 15-year-old student from Sweden, called Greta Thunberg, who misses lessons every Friday to protest outside the Swedish parliament.

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The new school

#362: You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

Thinking back, I can’t really fault the ways in which my school operated. The only things I’d add are fun things such as learning more unique sports i.e. more dance based or learning how to swim like a mermaid; it would have been nice to learn various words and phrases in more languages; and more digital based/media skills (although back in those days we were just learning how to touch type!).

Ready for your close-up

#240: Cast the movie of your life.

Apologies for the lateness of this one… as you may have read on Wednesdays post, it was my brothers birthday yesterday and it was a seriously jam packed day, which involved a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake (of course!), an IMAX screening, dressing up as Astronauts/Red Arrow Pilots, eating too much and seeing a west end show. I will elaborate on our day very soon!

Hmm… Considering the majority of my life has been spent in education, it would be quite a boring film. So instead of a life movie, it would focus on my journey from Uni to the world of work. It would include my many adventures and opportunities experienced since entering the journalism world: – Heading to Iceland for the release of Ice Age 4 on DVD – Covering the European Premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful – Being on the red carpet of the National Television Awards 2014, mingling with the stars – Interviewing a robotic Nigel from Rio 2, whilst the characters voice, Jemaine Clement, was in another room – Attending the World press conference of Thor: The Dark World – Attending a launch night of Nerf’s Zombie Strike range and making a short video to promote it.

Hopefully that wouldn’t be too boring!

Teacher’s pet

#8: Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

Today’s writing prompt is a tricky one! After spending half the day trying to think of who I could write about, I could only think of one teacher who, after taking his advice, has directly affected my life – even though almost 7 years later, it’s still not clear to me whether this has been for the better or not?! Back when my A Levels were nearing their inevitable end, I was one of the many students who still (frustratingly) didn’t have a clue what to do with their life. One thing was certain, I knew I wanted to go to University but I couldn’t decide on which path to take – amongst the degree topics up for consideration were Beauty Therapy Management and Psychology. However, after having a meeting with the head of Business A Levels, I asked him what he thought I’d be good at (after teaching me for the previous two years), he said that I’d be really good at Human Resource Management as I’m a people-person and extremely organised. Fast-forward to the beginning of my final year in my HR degree and I found myself with a strong dislike for all things related to Human Resources! ARGH! As you can imagine, it was not the most ideal time to realise that I didn’t actually like or even remotely enjoy my chosen degree subject, being faced with the most crucial year and of course the dreaded dissertation. However, at the end of it all, I still managed to achieve an incredible and if I do say so myself, a very well earned 2:1. Although, I do often find myself wondering whether my career path would have turned out differently if I had chosen a degree in English/Journalism … But this is destined to remain one of my life’s mysteries!