IFAW would like to offer its heartfelt sympathies to the Amess family for the loss of Sir David Amess MP. We would also like to register recognition of his contribution to public life and animal welfare. As a great friend to the organisation and a sterling public servant for animal issues, we were shocked to hear of his murder as he carried out his parliamentary duties in his constituency.
Very much in line with the uniform commentary on Sir David in the last couple of days, we would reflect that he was an ardent supporter of the issues he believed in and worked tirelessly on them. He was fully committed to the cause of making the world better for animals and was never afraid to vote accordingly. He regularly attended all of our events and photocalls and was an ardent supporter of our campaigns.
I believe his approach and contribution can best be described by an IFAW staff member who knew him through our campaigns work:
‘A kind and gentle man, with real bravery and integrity. A true conviction politician; also at times endearingly eccentric.’
Sir David leaves behind a strong legacy and a shining example for public servants and the cause of animals. He will be greatly missed and his memory inspires us to continue to campaign for the issue of animal protection that he held dear. Gone but not forgotten.