Protego Foundation Asks for Fan Support in Its “Find Dougal” Campaign
Chimpanzees truly are fantastic beasts. Our closest genetic relatives, chimps are incredibly intelligent and capable of feeling pain and suffering just like us. Sadly, many chimps find themselves victim to human harm and in need of protection. We need a little bit of magic.
When Newt Scamander travels to New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, he must commit himself to the rescue of a hoard of magical escapees. Perhaps one of the most memorable who calls Newt’s case home is Dougal, an ape-like Demiguise who, like the chimp, might be in danger from human hands.
The Protego Foundation’s Find Dougal campaign highlights the plight of the chimpanzee and aims to create a little life-saving magic, raising money to support Florida’s Save the Chimps sanctuary that provides lifetime care to chimps who come from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade.
In the first phase of the campaign, Accio! Box, a handmade, artisanal, vegan, and cruelty-free subscription box inspired by the wizarding world, included a Find Dougal detail card and campaign-exclusive shirt in its November boxes. Two dollars from the cost of each of these boxes was set aside for a total $1,000 donation that will help with the purchase of supplies at the Save the Chimps sanctuary. Tyler Starr, Protego Foundation executive director and cohost of Evanna Lynch’s vegan podcast, The Chickpeeps, expresses his pride in the Potter fandom’s efforts.
The wizarding world fandom has, once again, brought the values from our favorite story into the real world to help make a difference for animals.
Still, the effort is far from over. Chimpanzees remain subject to human exploitation, and it is our responsibility to shun those industries that cause them harm.
[They’re] surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet… Humans.” – Newt Scamander
The Protego Foundation asks fans to visit the campaign’s website, FindDougal.com, where they can learn more about the importance of protecting chimpanzees and pledge to do their part in refusing to support industries that use chimps in captivity and entertainment. Together, we can make a difference. We can create magic. We can save these fantastic beasts.