Mission Statement and History from the
International Fund for Animal Welfare
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.