Pamela Anderson and IFAW meet with Kremlin officials to discuss animal welfare and conservation

Pamela Anderson and IFAW meet with Kremlin officials to discuss animal welfare a
Thursday, 15 December, 2016
Moscow, Russia

Actress and conservationist Pamela Anderson is joining IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia this week to promote conservation of Russian wildlife. Discussion items include marine mammals and orca trade, rehabilitation and release of endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers and rare falcons, blue whale conservation and youth education.

The team led by IFAW President and CEO Azzedine Downes and IFAW Regional Director, Russia & CIS Dr. Masha Vorontsova will meet with Honorable Sergei Borisovich Ivanov, Special Representative of the President for environment and transport and Irina Fominukh, Ministry of Environment of Russia on Friday, December 16.

"It is wonderful to be back in Russia. I am so happy to be here at the Kremlin again and so happy to have the opportunity to speak about these very important issues,” said Pamela Anderson. “Setting aside advocacy...

I would like to focus on what I consider to be the absolute most important threat to human survival, and that is the fate of our ocean."

“It is an honor to meet with Russian officials this week,” said Downes. “Together with strong world governments like these, we can find solutions to achieve lasting protection for wildlife.”

“This is our second time meeting at the Kremlin with Sergei Ivanov,” added Vorontsova, who stressed that these conversations bring greater attention to Russia in its work toward animal protection and conservation. “He has a personal and innate interest in protecting leopards and other wildlife. We are sure his new position affords him more time to spend on a subject he truly loves.”

Working from Moscow, IFAW has been a leader in animal protection and conservation in the region for more than 20 years and has achieved great success for whales, tigers, bears, birds, dogs and cats. Anderson has visited Russia several times to discuss animal matters including last December when she met with Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov at the Kremlin together with IFAW. They had meaningful conversations about Amur tiger conservation, harp seal protection and orcas in captivity.

About International Fund for Animal Welfare

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook/IFAW and Twitter @action4ifaw

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