Wolves, Aston Villa, West Brom and Brighton REMOVE animals from their badges as Premier League sides raise awareness for World Wildlife Day… while Leeds take off the rose after telling confused fans ‘a world without nature is one which is incomplete’
- A number of Premier League clubs marked World Wildlife Day on Wednesday
- Villa’s lion, Wolves’ wolf and West Brom’s throstle were all removed from crest
- Brighton also removed their seagull from the club badge on Wednesday
- The move has been made to highlight the increasing loss of wildlife in the world
- Leeds have also taken action, removing the Yorkshire rose from their club badge
Wolves, Aston Villa, West Brom and a number of other clubs have all taken action to raise awareness for World Wildlife Day by removing the animals from their respective crests.
Villa have removed the lion from their badge, Wolves have taken off the wolf while Premier League strugglers West Brom have got rid of the throstle (song thrush).
The Midlands clubs are looking to highlight the growing loss of wildlife around the world – with the trio following the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), who removed the panda from its logo for the day.
Aston Villa and West Brom were among the teams to remove animals from their badges
Brighton also followed the Midlands clubs by removing the seagull from their badge.
Meanwhile, fellow Premier League outfit Leeds have also joined in, removing the Yorkshire rose from their badge, taking to Twitter to announce the move.
When asked by a fan what had happened to their badge, Leeds’ Twitter account wrote: ‘A #WorldWithoutNature is a world which is incomplete, just like our club crest today @WWF #MOT.’
The five clubs are among a number of companies and sports teams to remove any sort of nature from their emblem.
Coventry, Middlesbrough and Brentford have also taken part, while it is understood Italian club Roma will lose the Capitoline Wolf from their crest too.
Wolves also removed the wolf while Leeds got rid of the rose that dons their badge
WWF said on Wednesday it was ‘an action that aims to highlight the dramatic loss of biodiversity globally and the social and economic risks it poses.’
According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020, global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in under half a century.
Brighton also removed the seagull from their badge on Wednesday
The WWF report also clearly highlights that ‘if the world carries on with “business as usual”, rates of biodiversity loss seen since 1970 will continue between now and 2050.
‘These losses would at best take decades to reverse, and further irreversible biodiversity losses are likely, resulting in a planet that cannot support current and future generations of people.’
Explaining the message further, Felicity Glennie Holmes, executive director, communications and marketing at WWF International, said: ‘We want to show what a world without nature would look like, because in less than 50 years, human activity has resulted in wildlife populations plummeting by an average of 68 per cent – and with every part of nature that we extinguish, we lose another important link to human and planetary health.’
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