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Youngster launches campaign for animal welfare in Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

By Giulia Crouch

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James Spencer and his pet python

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Animal welfare is top of the agenda for one young campaigner.

James Spencer, 12, has always been passionate about animals and is launching a campaign to raise awareness for their welfare.

The determined Balcarras School pupil plans to write to Cheltenham Borough Council asking them to invest more resources into helping animals.

The youngster from Charlton Kings also hopes to encourage more organisations to support Cheltenham-based animal charities.

So what makes him so determined?

He explained: “Because of this bad economy, more and more animals don’t have a home and animal shelters are in high demand so I want to help solve that problem and help animals all across the county.

“I’ve been to animal shelters around Cheltenham and the people are trying their best but it was so sad to see the animals because there’s so little room.

“There needs to be more funding and I would like to volunteer when I get older to help the animals have a better future.”

James has no favourites when it comes to animals and has an array of different pets including a python, two colourful corn snakes, a Rottweiler, a Chihuahua and a cat.

“I’ve always been fascinated by animals as creatures of this world.

“Some people may not like snakes but I really fell in love with them the first time I saw them.

“I love all animals and I want them to live on this planet and have a happy life really.

“I think it’s appalling when animals get treated badly and abused.

“If a pet is badly behaved I think it’s the owners fault really.

“Animals have personalities and I think that even if they are aggressive they can be rehabilitated.”

At his tender age James is already doing his bit to help animals and regularly mucks in at a local stables cleaning and grooming the horses.

“What I’m trying to accomplish with my campaign is that the taxes of the people of Cheltenham go more to helping animal charities.

“I want the council to take note of the problem and try and help solve it.

“I’m going to write letters and hopefully the council will say yes and put some money towards helping animals.

“I’ll keep and keep trying because I’m so determined”

His proud mum, 41-year-old Olga, said: “I think James is very brave and I will back him up with his campaign.

“I’m very excited for him and I hope that he will manage to change something”.

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  • clairey2010  |  April 17 2014, 4:04PM

    Olga, you've done a wonderful job with how you've brought up your boy. He is so lovely; he could show plenty of adults a thing or two.

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