Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Seventeenth Report


Mission Statement and History from the

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

B.  Mission Statement

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a non-profit organisation founded by Brian D Davies, is dedicated to improving the welfare of wildlife and other animals within their natural habitat; and to eliminating animal cruelty throughout the world by developing and implementing campaigns which will attract public and political support, and at the same time allow IFAW to maintain financial strength for permanency and growth of animal welfare programmes in the future.

IFAW is the caring, committed voice of the unspoken ... ensuring protection and help to animals who may not speak.

C.   History of IFAW

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was born out of one man's determination to end the barbarous Canadian and Norwegian harp and hood seal hunt.

Brian D Davies, a welsh-born Canadian, was that man. He found the clubbing of these animals to be a savage luxury. Stopping the slaughter became a total commitment.

Brian founded IFAW in 1969, after witnessing the hunter's bloody harvest of seals. Since then the organisation has grown, internationally and has been accepted by politicians and wildlife experts as "one of the most effective organisations for animal welfare in the world".

IFAW has expanded its programmes to include the whole spectrum of animal life ... from butterflies to bears ... whales to wolves ... and bluebirds to iguanas. The great and the small ... the beautiful and the ugly.

Once a campaign is started, IFAW NEVER GIVES UP UNTIL ITS OBJECTIVES ARE ACHIEVED. Since IFAW began, there has been the ongoing fight to save the seals.

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