Dramatic rescues, huge policy wins for animals in 2015

I am inspired every day by the dramatic rescue of individual elephants, whales, tigers, bears, dogs and cats, such as those showcased in the above video.

Thanks to millions of supporters around the world, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) provides hands-on care to orphaned and injured bears, elephants and rhinos, domestic animals suffering in the wake of disasters, and tens of thousands of dogs and cats in impoverished communities.

And our supporters stand with us during the long campaigns for changes in policy and a society that will ensure a more humane world for animals and people. Our supporters write letters to politicians, attend events, and share posts on social media.

This year it is easy to see those collective efforts making an impact with the achievement of historic milestones in the animal welfare movement including:

Although I am the one that stands on stage and writes to you about these victories, I am ever mindful that I am representing all of us, the millions of people who believe that we can and we must create a world where animals are respected and protected.

Thank you for your support.


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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Pauline Verheij, Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Country Representative, Germany
Country Representative, Germany
Staci McLennan, Director, EU Office
Director, EU Office
Tania McCrea-Steele, Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Consulting Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy