Oyster’s standards when selecting projects

  • Projects should have expert staff and an excellent reputation in their field.
  • Projects should prioritise animal welfare, creating a good quality environment for the animals, with enrichment activities and appropriate food.
  • We support a “hands off” policy wherever possible, so that animals do not become unnecessarily attached to humans.
  • Sometimes there are necessary exceptions, such as hand-rearing and rehabilitation activities for young orphaned animals. If so, we would expect guidelines to prevent dependency or taming.
  • We check that protected species are not sold, traded or culled, except as part of a regulated activity that ensures sustainability and conservation in compliance with local and international laws.
  • The actions of the project should not have adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild.
  • There should be no cruel or abusive practices.
  • No animal will ever be forced or encouraged to do something against its will.

Sending Oyster participants

  • Oyster participants are encouraged never to touch the animals except where given specific guidance and permission.
  • In cases where volunteers will be working hands-on with the animals, full supervision, guidance and training must be given.
  • Unauthorised or improper interaction with wildlife will not be tolerated.
  • Volunteer numbers are monitored and capped if necessary to ensure that animals are not overwhelmed or the project jeopardised.
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