Asia for Animals: A Single Spark Can Ignite a Praire Fire
The comments below were the International Fund for Animal Welfare Asia regional director Grace Gabriel's opening remarks at the Asia for Animals conference held in China. - ED
The Asia for Animals (AfA) conference www.asiaforanimals.org is being held for the first time in mainland China, the country of my birth. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is proud to be one of the founding members for AfA and its sponsor.
The AfA has come a long way. I remember at the first AfA, the delegation from China was so small that the emcee forgot to acknowledge us during row call!
Today, having Asia for Animals conference in China has made it possible for so many Chinese animal groups to participate.
I know how important it is to simply meet and talk with people from around the world who share our belief of ending animal cruelty. It is important for us to know that we are not alone, although so often we feel that way.
A Chinese saying goes--a single spark can ignite a prairie fire. Everyone in the conference represents a spark of hope for animals. The conference gives us the platform to share experiences and ideas, to discuss and debate issues, and to get inspiration from each other. So that when we leave the conference, we will have new ideas, more confidence and renewed energy to fight the good fight for animals.
For more information on the International Fund for Animal Welfare effort to save animals around the world visit http://www.ifaw.org