The number of convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in cases brought by the RSPCA rose by a third in England and Wales last year.
An online charity auction could raise £1m in its second event for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The Sea Watch Foundation is to carry out a survey for orcas, other whales and dolphins off Scotland's north mainland coast.
Oxfam has called for improved humanitarian access to Syria. The charity says 1.3 million refugees have fled the country to escape civil war.