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International Fund for Animal Welfare

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW
Non-profit Organization
IndustryConservation
Founded1969, New Brunswick, Canada
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
Key people
Azzedine Downes, Kathleen Savesky
ProductsLandmark & framework legislation, research, activism.
Revenue$97,079,000 USD (2013 Annual Report)
Number of employees
300+ (worldwide)
Websiteifaw.org

The organization works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protections.[1]

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HistoryEdit

 
Elephants roaming in Kenya

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was founded in 1969, in initial efforts to stop the commercial hunt for seal pups on the east coast of Canada.

With offices in 15 countries, and projects in more than 40[2] IFAW is one of the largest animal welfare organisations in the world.

ActivitiesEdit

  • IFAW partners with elephant and rhino orphanages in Zambia, Zimbabwe and India, where the focus is on rescue, rehabilitation, release, and post-release monitoring and protection.
  • tenBoma is IFAW’s counter-poaching initiative in Kenya, as featured on NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly and PBS NewsHour.
  • tenBoma architect, IFAW Senior Vice President Lt Col Faye Cuevas, was honored as one of Motherboard’s Humans of the Year in 2017.
  • IFAW’s Wildlife Crime program works to reduce demand for wildlife products, wildlife cybercrime and live animal exploitation and trafficking around the world.
  • IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research group (MMRR) is a team of scientists, veterinarians and other individuals committed to promoting the conservation of marine mammal species (dolphins, whales, porpoises, and seals) and their habitats. Cape Cod is a hot spot for mass stranding activity, and the team is called on for expertise in global events as well.
  • The Meet Us Don't Eat Us campaign aims to promote whale watching, as an alternative to whale hunting in Iceland.
  • IFAW aims to protect the last 400 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and has developed acoustic detection systems, collaborated with lobstermen, commercial fishers and shipping industries to prevent collisions with ships and gear entanglements; and advocated for greater legislation to protect the species.
  • Through its DISRUPT wildlife crime prevention program, IFAW trains customs officers, game wardens and law enforcers in many countries to prevent the killing of endangered species.
  • IFAW protects elephants by protecting critical elephant habitats, managing human-elephant conflict, preventing poaching, ending illegal ivory trade and rescuing orphan and injured elephants.
  • Carrying out legislative and educational campaigns across the globe. This is an effort to try to prevent cruelty to animals, preserve endangered species, and protect wildlife habitats.

IFAW is best known for its leading role in the campaigns to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada[3] and end commercial whaling,[4] as well as its work to help dogs and cats in impoverished communities,[5] protect elephants,[6] end illegal ivory trade,[7] rescue and release of wild animals such orphan rhinos[8] and rescue of animals in the wake of disasters such as hurricane Katrina in the US.[9]

Controversy and criticismEdit

A financial manager of the Brian Davies Foundation, IFAW invested IFAW's money in organizations that carried out animal experiments, such as Bausch & Lomb, US Surgicals, Glaxo, Merck, Abbot, Upjohn, Philip Morris and McDonald's. When the investment was drawn to the attention of IFAW's trustees, the shares were sold immediately and the financial manager dismissed.[10]

When Davies retired from IFAW in 1997 to start Network For Animals, IFAW established a payment schedule to use his name and image for fundraising and campaigns. The contract was important for the continued level of success that IFAW achieved with Davies' leadership, according to research on successful animal welfare organizations".[11] Davies had the following to say about it: "I signed an agreement with IFAW which was conceived by the trustees. I was opposed to the idea of receiving remuneration from two animal welfare organisations; this solution allowed me to run Network For Animals without pay for seven years."[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "International Fund for Animal Welfare About Page". Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  2. ^ "About IFAW". IFAW. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  3. ^ "WTO confirms EU seal trade ban". EU Observer.
  4. ^ "U.N. court rules Antarctic whaling by Japan illegal, orders halt". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Jenkinson, Stephen (November 2012). "Diary of a Countryman" (PDF). Your Dog Magazine: 77.
  6. ^ "IFAW, Maasai community secure corridor for Amboseli elephants". kws.go.ke. Kenya Wildlife Service. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. ^ Carlton-Schaul, Jordan. "The War on the Illegal Ivory Trade: A Conversation with IFAW's US Bureau". NatGeo.com. National Geographic. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Two rhinos released into Manas National Park in India". wildlifeextra.com. Wildlife Extra. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  9. ^ Davis, Matthew. "Saving New Orleans' animals". bbc.co.uk. British Broadcasting Corp. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b Davies 2013
  11. ^ Clarke, C. IFAW Begins: Brian Davies, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the New Brunswick Humane Movement in the 1960s. University of New Brunswick (Canada), 2009 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.

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