Local Animal Hero and Federal MP Honoured for Contribution to Lion Conservation

Friday, 13 November, 2015

Donalea Patman, founder of For the Love of Wildlife and Jason Wood, Federal MP for La Trobe, have today been recognised as Policy and Advocacy Animal Heroes by IFAW’s Animal Action Awards, in acknowledgement of their campaign to protect African lions from the barbaric practice of canned hunting.


The Mount Dandenong-based wildlife activist worked tirelessly with her local MP, Jason Wood, to raise awareness of ‘trophy hunters’ bringing body parts of lions into Australia. Backed by many other wildlife groups, including IFAW, Donalea and Jason succeeded in persuading the Australian Government to ban the import of lion trophies.


Matthew Collis, IFAW’s Policy and Campaigns Manager, said: “Donalea and Jason, with the help of internationally respected conservationist and film-maker, Ian Michler, were the driving force behind the federal government’s historic decision to ban the import of lion trophies. Australia has stepped up by recognising that we have a responsibility to stop the demand for cruel and unnecessary products from vulnerable species, such as the African lion.


“The ban reflects the Australian public’s abhorrence of canned hunting in which lions are reared in captivity and hunted in enclosures. By banning the importation of lion trophies, Australia is no longer complicit in the cruelty of canned hunting,” he said.


“IFAW hopes that other countries will be inspired by Donalea and Jason’s passionate campaigning and choose instead to recognise the true value in lions and other wildlife is seeing these magnificent animals living free in the wild not hanging from a wall as a trophy,” said Mr Collis.


Ms Patman said she was humbled to be recognised by IFAW: “I don’t do my work for awards, I do it because I believe Africa’s wildlife is under siege. I am incredibly honoured today, thank you so much.”


Mr Wood said “Ms Patman has undertaken remarkable work to protect endangered wildlife and I applaud her commitment.”


IFAW’s Animal Action Awards recognise outstanding achievements in the field of animal welfare.

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