Animal Action Week Awards UK celebrates two- and four-legged friends

2011 Animal Action Week Award winners and IFAW staff in London. Today is my favourite day of the year. Today we celebrated our annual International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Action Awards on the terrace of the House of Lords. 

It’s my favourite day because it’s the rare day we go to Parliament not to complain, cajole or encourage but to celebrate and honour the fantastic dedication, commitment and inspiration of Britain’s animal lovers.  We even get to celebrate some animals as well. The ceremony is hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale and this year the awards were presented by Queen legend, animal welfare campaigner and friend of IFAW Brian May. Our winners included TV favourite Rolf Harris in recognition of his life’s work with animals and his campaigning against the Canadian commercial seal hunt.

Receiving awards alongside Rolf Harris were Obi, a Metropolitan Police dog which suffered a fractured skull while on duty during this summer’s London riots and Sue Gessey, from Birmingham, who uses alternative healing therapy to rehabilitate neglected and unwanted horses. Badger protection group Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed was honoured for its work rescuing injured and orphaned badgers and campaigning against badger baiting and culls, while Jenny Clark from Sussex received an education award for running a bat hospital and teaching people of all ages about the need for bat conservation.

Elsewhere, a community award went to Juanita Wilson from Scotland for her tireless work providing sanctuary for hundreds of animals from ferrets to emus at her community farm. Exotic animal rescuer Pam Mansfield from Peterborough won the pet rescue award for her refuge for unwanted pets and zoo animals ranging from snakes to an alligator.

The campaigner award went to Denise Ward from Gloucestershire who reveals the truth about hunting with dogs in her film ‘A Minority Pastime’ while Anne Brummer from Surrey received the wildlife rescue award for treating thousands of injured and orphaned wild animals and birds. Last but not least, another four-legged winner was honoured. Greyhound Danny, who lives in Northants with owner Tony Nevett, won the amazing animal award for his work as a listening dog, helping children improve their reading skills.

This year, we were also lucky enough to have IFAW’s international President Fred O’Regan at the event. He was able to see for himself the passion, dedication and love for animals that is personified by all our honoured winners. My favourite day, indeed. -- RM

Comments: 4

 
Fahir Oner
1 year ago

Very Nice.
Turkey was founded in the party animal.
Have anice day.
Fahir

 
Anonymous
1 year ago

GREAT WORK ! ANYBODY WHO SUPPORTS, CAMPAIGNS, RESCUES, OR IS ACTIVE TO HELP ANIMALS IS MY KINDA PERSON. I HAVE RESCUED ANIMALS ALL MY LIFE AND WONT EVER STOP IF I CAN HELP ! THE WORLD IS GREEDY SICK AND CRUEL WITH SO MANY PEOPLE DIS-RESPECTING ANIMALS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THE WORLD IS EVOLVING VERY SLOWLY AND I PRAY FOR THE DAY WHEN CRUELTY TO ANY ANIMAL IS HISTORY. I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW CRUELTY IS ALLOWED ( CHINA-CANADA-KOREA ECT) THE COUNTRIES MUST HAVE LAWS TO PROTECT ANIMALS FROM HARM. ONE DAY THEY WILL AND GOOD MUST OVERIDE EVIL ! UNTIL THAT DAY IFAW, WISPA, PETA AND ALL THE SOCIETIES THAT DO SUCH WONDERFUL WORK FOR SUFFERING ANIMALS ARE GREATLY SO GREATLY APPRECIATED. GOD BLESS THEM ALL.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you Robbie for recognising the work these wonderful people do.They shouldn't have to do what they do but sadly not enough people care about animals .These people will care what will become of them when e.g the noveltys worn off after the owner of a pet rat/snake or indeed cat/dog/rabbit etc decides they can't be bothered to feed and care for them anymore.They find them too expensive to feed or to board when they want to go on holiday .The owner's forget how much companionship and love you get from looking after animals and how rewarding it is.People need to remember this when thinking of getting a pet,and not be quick to give them up when they put going out/and holidays as being more important.You can still do these things but should make proper arrangement's for your pets to be fed and cared for if you can't be there to do it yourself.There will always be people who will go that extra mile to find an unwanted animal a good home and I applaud them ,thank you.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you IFAW for recognising these heroes for animals. I salute you. RESPECT!

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