Animal heroes from around UK receive prestigious awards
IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony was hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale.
This year’s winners include Queen legend Brian May who is honoured for his Save Me campaign to protect foxes, deer, hare and mink from the cruelty of hunting by lobbying MPs to retain the Hunting Act. Receiving awards alongside Brian May will be Trevor Weeks from Uckfield, whose East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has rescued more than 15,000 wildlife casualties, and Bath grandmother Helen Hobbs, who organises a nightly toad patrol each Spring to ensure safe passage across a busy road for toads, newts and frogs as they travel to their breeding lake.
London schoolgirl Ellie Rogers (11), will be recognised for giving up her weekends to care for animals at a city farm while Ray Dedicoat, from Birmingham, is honoured for spending 35 years rescuing animals and caring for them at his Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust. Meanwhile, a business award goes to Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, based in Poole, Dorset, for animal welfare campaigns run in its stores on a range of issues from fox hunting to shark finning and greyhound racing.
Parrot behaviour specialist Yvonne MacMillan, from Argyll, is being awarded for her round-the-clock care rehabilitating neglected or suffering captive parrots. Caroline Gould, from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is honoured for her work setting up and running Vale Wildlife Rescue Centre, one of the largest wildlife hospitals in the country which treats up to 5,000 wildlife casualties each year. The final award goes to Labrador Echo, a rescue dog with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Earlier this year Echo assisted in the search and rescue effort in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We are delighted to bestow these very special awards recognising many previously unsung heroes of animal welfare from across the UK. We hope their truly inspirational stories will encourage others to do all they can to protect animals.”