Devon oil slick clean-up charities top NGO Watch

Animal charities swung into action last month after stricken container ship the MSC Napoli was beached off the Devon coast.

A 200-tonne oil slick covered hundreds of birds and animals, many of which ended up in the care of the RSPB  and RSPCA.

Subsequent coverage of the charities’ efforts pushed them to the top of January’s NGO Watch.

In eighth spot, Greenpeace’s anti-whaling campaign saw the charity’s Esperanza lead a fleet of inflatable craft in a standoff against Japanese vessels armed with harpoons.

The Red Cross dropped from first in December’s chart to ninth, but won cover­age with its announcement of an emergency response unit for Scottish families.

Other organisations in the table included Age Concern (fourth), which was promoting its ‘Hungry to be Heard’ campaign on malnourishment among over-65s; and Friends of the Earth International (third), which focused its ire on the record annual $25bn profits of Shell.

The campaigning organisation called on the firm to spend more on environmental and community-related programmes.

NGO Watch January 2007 ranking
 Ranking    NGO    No. of Mentions
 01. RSPCA  
 02. RSPB     306
 03. Friends of the Earth International  
 04. Age Concern     
 05. Cancer Research UK       
 06. Amnesty International       
 07. Citizen’s Advice Bureau           
 08. Greenpeace     
 09. Red Cross         
 10. Oxfam 

Source: Infonic

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