IFAW statement on tragic death of whale rescuer Joe Howlett

IFAW statement on tragic death of whale rescuer Joe Howlett
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
Ottawa, ON

The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Canada Country Director Patricia Zaat commented on the recent tragedy concerning the Campobello Whale Rescue Team:

“The animal rescue and conservation community lost one of our own this week. Joe Howlett, a core member of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, died while rescuing a whale in distress.

On Monday July 10th, 2017 Joe was part of a team responding to an entangled critically endangered North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The rescue attempt was successful as the whale was later spotted swimming gear-free, but during the rescue effort Joe was fatally injured. 

Rescuing and protecting animals is the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s core mission, and we are proud to partner with the Campobello Whale Rescue Team and its incredibly skilled responders. Joe lived and breathed that mission, and thanks to his tireless dedication, he saved dozens of whales over the last 15 years.

Joe will be remembered as a kind man with great humour and a ready smile. Our thoughts are with Joe’s friends and family who are experiencing this heartbreaking loss.”

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