Betreff: You Saved Thousands of Animals in 2004
Von: "Fred O'Regan, International Fund for Animal Welfare"
Datum: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 14:23:21 -0800

International Fund for Animal Welfare December 29, 2004

You Saved Thousands of Animals in 2004

As I reflect upon the hard work we have done for animals in 2004, one thing is especially clear:

We couldn't have done it without you.

You are part of a new and crucial movement for the 21st century. A movement dedicated to the well-being of both animals and people. One that understands we have a sacred trust to protect animals and the environment for future generations.

This past year alone, our efforts made a real difference in protecting and ending the suffering of animals all over the world, including:

A historic victory in the fight to end animal cruelty after a ban on fox hunting in the UK passed its final test in the British Parliament. The hunting ban will come into force in February 2005.

IFAW launched its new state-of-the-art marine mammal research and education vessel, Song of the Whale, which will dramatically increase our ability to protect whales through research, education, and public awareness. IFAW also donated Mexico's first marine mammals research vessel, which scientists will use to study the Vaquita, one of the top five most endangered species in the world.

In Canada, the House of Commons environment committee accepted an IFAW-proposed amendment to fine ships a minimum of half a million dollars if they deliberately dump oil into the sea. Oil dumping kills 300,000 seabirds off the coast of Canada each year.

The European Parliament passed a resolution to seek restrictions on the use of high-intensity active naval sonar that can significantly harm underwater marine life.

We continued to generate enormous public awareness and pressure around the need to end the Canadian seal hunt, quadrupling traffic to the IFAW website during the spring campaign. And thanks to your efforts at telling others about this vital campaign to end cruelty, more than 50,000 new activists came on board to help end the hunt.

IFAW teamed up with US lobstermen to help protect the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale by replacing 3,250 miles of dangerous lobster gear with whale-friendly equipment.

IFAW's Emergency Relief Network rescued a wide variety of animals in crisis, including oiled birds in Newfoundland and Brazil, abandoned hurricane victim dogs and cats on the island of Grenada, and one-horned rhinos fleeing floods in northeast India.

A new year brings new hope for animals

Animals and people are at a critical crossroads. The decisions we make now will set the course of our planet for generations to come. And, as the recent news on the effects of global warming shows, time is running out faster than we ever could have imagined.

Saving animals and restoring their habitat may be difficult, but it is not impossible. Winning the fight to preserve and protect animals is up to all of us. If we each do our small part, we can create a better, sustainable world for both animals and people.

In 2004, you proved what we can accomplish if we combine forces and work together. But now it's time to take the next step. It's time to establish a new worldwide mandate for a new year. One that recognizes that nature and the creatures we share it with are much more than an economic resource. Our very survival depends on it.

It will be a challenging, but exhilarating journey, and I am glad you are here to take it with me.

Wishing you a truly happy New Year,

Fred O'Regan
President and CEO

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