Additionally, the IFAW Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the
Honorable John Garamendi, Lieutenant Governor of California, for his steadfast
commitment to the environment, conservation, and animal welfare throughout his
service in the California legislature and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Actor and writer Ben Stein will be recognized with the IFAW Animal Advocate
Award for his longstanding leadership and compassion on issues affecting animals
in crisis - from those abandoned during Hurricane Katrina to those suffering
cruelty in South Korea.
“These winners are a shining example of dedication and commitment to
animals,” said IFAW President Fred O’Regan. “Their tireless efforts are truly
inspirational. They are real animal heroes and are helping us create a better
world for both animals and people.
The 2007 IFAW Animal Action Awards Recipients are:
Glenda Davis, Manager, Navajo Nation Veterinary and
Livestock Program (Window Rock, AZ). In addition to developing and implementing
an animal disease response plan on the Navajo Nation, Davis has worked to amend
the Nation's 40-year-old livestock code to include an animal cruelty provision
Ed Hogan, Founder, 15 Hands Horse Rescue Sanctuary and St.
Francis Rangers (Hidden Valley, CA). Hogan’s Family Foundation established a
22-acre sanctuary in northern California devoted exclusively to the care and
rehabilitation of wounded, abused and aging horses. The Foundation also
developed the Rangers program, giving disadvantaged children the opportunity to
bond with the horses and learn about compassion and respect for animals.Marcelo Hoynowski, Seal Campaign Activist (Clark, NJ).
Since the age of seven, this 8th grader has campaigned to end the Canadian seal
hunt - promoting his message through his Web site, www.mypointis.net, which generates 2,500
visitors a month.
Richie Moretti, Founder, The Turtle Hospital (Marathon Key,
FL). Since its inception in 1986, Moretti’s Turtle Hospital has successfully
treated and released over 750 sea turtles, injured by fishing line
entanglements, boat collisions, and man-made objects plaguing the coastal
Congressman Nick Rahall, Chairman of the Committee on
Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives (D-West Virginia). Currently
serving his 16th term, Congressman Rahall is a champion of humane issues in
Congress, supporting the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act
as well as co-sponsoring the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and the
Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act.
and Alayne Marker
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary (Ovando, MT). Established in 2000, Smith and
Marker’s 160-acre ranch is a haven for nearly 80 rescued disabled animals.
Residents are those who are the least likely to be adopted - including blind and
deaf dogs, blind horses, and blind cats.
Animal Action Week
The Animal Action Awards ceremony is
held in conjunction with IFAW’s 15th annual Animal Action Week (www.animalactionweek.org) - the
world’s largest animal-focused educational event - which runs October 1 through
October 7. The program involves more than two million young people in 15
countries, focusing on three main objectives: education, awareness and action
for conservation and animal welfare. This year's Animal Action Week theme is: To
the Rescue, Emergency Relief for Animals.