Miss France lends her voice to our CAIR and Amboseli animal welfare efforts

Miss France recently attended the IFAW CAIR event in France.There’s an anecdote about my decision to get involved with IFAW: when I found out the Director was from Alsace like me, I was convinced it was a sign!

Seriously though, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is a dynamic and brave association that is doing a lot of good work in the field, around the world.

I’ve always been fighting for animal rights and IFAW is the perfect organization for getting involved and spreading my love of animals. That’s why I am very happy to be an IFAW ambassador.

I was with France’s IFAW team on October 9th for the launch of the CAIR project, a shelter for dogs of homeless people and their owners, a couple that should be regarded as inseparable.

There is a genuine and strong bond between man and animals and even more so in the streets: the dog and its master are virtually alone in the world, living by themselves, comforting each other. Man watches over dog by day, dog watches over man by night. It’s a vital bond that people need to understand as fusional.

I’ve met with homeless people and got to know what it’s like living in their world. The most important conclusions I’ve drawn are that homeless people do not have access to health care or they can’t get back on the road to rehabilitation because of their responsibility toward their animal.

On the other hand, this same animal is what gives them the motivation to go on living each day. This is a very complex subject; however it is possible to set up a structure such as CAIR to ease the constraints related to the animal. This facilitates the homeless person’s life, so that together both man and dog can regain their dignity, status, and place in society.

At the end of the month I will travel to Kenya with the IFAW team for another campaign, this time involving elephants. 

I’m very happy to go into the field to observe elephants in their habitat. This will allow me to draw attention to the dire situation of African elephants and help promote the fight against poaching that so many elephants are the victims of today.

They are slaughtered for their ivory so that people can make absurd trinkets and ornaments. Unfortunately, most people think they lose their tusks like teeth when in reality poachers are brutally slaughtering elephants for them.

People need to know about this and this is where IFAW comes in: IFAW plays an essential role educating younger generations, but is also on the ground creating structures and training park rangers to protect elephants from poaching. In addition to IFAW’s cooperation and coordination with political leaders, media coverage can be an important lever for change.

As Miss France, this little media boost is what I am trying to provide.


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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
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