RSPCA il­lus­trat­ing il­le­gal puppy trade

Artists do­nate pieces to raise money for cam­paign

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Emily Chudy emily.chudy@trin­i­tymir­

AN­I­MAL lovers got their hands on beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions for a good cause when the RSPCA held an auction to raise aware­ness of the un­der­ground puppy trade.

More than 30 il­lus­tra­tors and celebri­ties have do­nated art­works to the an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity to raise money for the Scrap the Puppy Trade cam­paign.

Il­lus­tra­tor and RSPCA sup­porter He­len Ox­en­bury or­gan­ised the event along­side the char­ity.

The award-win­ning artist, who is best known for her draw­ings in We’re Go­ing on a Bear Hunt, has do­nated three pic­tures to the cause.

He­len said: “I do­nated a pic­ture to an­other char­ity be­fore and thought it could be some­thing nice to do for this cam­paign.

“It’s dis­gust­ing to think of peo­ple mak­ing sub­stan­tial amounts of money out of the suf­fer­ing of an­i­mals. The puppy trade is de­spi­ca­ble so I hope we can raise money to en­able the RSPCA to pros­e­cute the ghastly peo­ple who are do­ing this, and to help them stamp out this ap­palling trade once and for all.”

There will also be pic­tures avail­able from Quentin Blake, Ray­mond Briggs, Ju­dith Kerr, Tony Ross and even a spe­cial il­lus­tra­tion by co­me­dian Ricky Ger­vais.

The one-of-a-kind pieces were due to be auc­tioned at an event at Burgh House in Hamp­stead yes­ter­day (Tues­day), where the auc­tion­eer was author and for­mer politi­cian Jeffrey Archer.

The il­lus­tra­tions

It’s so lovely to have all of these won­der­ful, tal­ented peo­ple com­ing to­gether to sup­port our work to tackle the puppy trade”

will also be avail­able at an on­line auction that closes on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 18.

Event or­gan­iser Karen Branagh, from the RSPCA’s fundrais­ing depart­ment, said: “It’s so lovely to have all of these won­der­ful, tal­ented peo­ple com­ing to­gether to sup­port our work to tackle the puppy trade.

“Their il­lus­tra­tions are so happy and colour­ful. which is in stark con­trast to the dark, gritty side of this un­der­ground trade that we are try­ing to abol­ish.

“Tack­ling large-scale, crim­i­nal op­er­a­tions like the trade in pup­pies is com­pli­cated, time­con­sum­ing and costs a lot of money.

“The RSPCA is funded en­tirely by pub­lic do­na­tions from our in­cred­i­ble and ded­i­cated sup­port­ers, so be­ing able to raise ad­di­tional money through events like this one is vi­tal to con­tinue our im­por­tant work.”

To find out more, or to bid on an art­work, please visit the RSPCA’s auction web­site at uk.

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