Awards & honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Luke Gamble,  founder of Worldwide Veterinary Service in 2003,  on December 11,  2013 received the Jeanne Marchig Animal Welfare Award in recognition of Mission Rabies,  a planned three-year drive to eradicate rabies of India.  Debuting in September 2013 with clinics in 10 cities that have had recent rabies outbreaks,  Mission Rabies vaccinated 61,000 dogs in 28 days.  Named for Marchig Trust founder Jeanne Marchig,  who died in May 2013,  the Marchig Award includes a grant of $20,000 in support of Mission Rabies.  Funding has also come from Dogs Trust,  with logistic support from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations,  the Animal Birth Control progams of the Animal Welfare Board of India,  and Blue Cross of India. Read more

Cape Town honors humane educator

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Louise van der Merwe,  South African representative of Compassion in World Farming since 1991,  founder of the Humane Education Trust in 1998,  and principal author of the South African national humane education curriculum,  on June 5,  2013 was honored by the City of Cape Town for “outstanding contributions and commitment to humane education and environmental awareness.”

Visiting animal defenders badly treated, says Marjan Centre

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

 LONDON–Pole Pole Foundation founder and former Kahuzi-Biega National Park chief ranger John Kahekwa was to accept the first annual £1,000 MarjanMarsh conservation award on October 29,  2012 from the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation at King’s College, London,  but Kahekwa never got there.

The award was presented in recognition of Pole Pole’s 20 years of work to promote community involvement in protecting eastern lowland gorillas and other animals who share the gorillas’ habitat near Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read more

Attenborough wins Constance Gold Medal

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

MELBOURNE--Australian animal advocate and philanthropist Phil Wollen on August 20, 2012 presented the Winsome Constance Gold Medal and an award of $25,000, given annually in honor of his mother and his nanny, to British wildlife documentary film maker Sir David Attenborough.

Awards & honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2012: host Silver Donald Cameron, 75, was on June 29, 2012 awarded the Order of Canada, for his career as journalist, writer, and community activist. Cameron in the April 2011 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE and on his personal web site denounced the legal position of the Canada Revenue Agency that “an activity or purpose is only charitable when it provides a benefit to humans.” Concluded Cameron, “The coyote, the cod and the chestnut have a right to live and flourish, and advocating on their behalf–with or without a benefit to humans–is a deeply moral activity and a legitimate charitable purpose.” Read more

Genesis Awards 2012

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2012:

    LOS ANGELES–The feature film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, comedy TV program The Colbert Report,  IMAX docementary Born to be Wild,  news programs ABC 20/20 and NBC Nightly News,  and magazine Vanity Fair were among the big winners at the 26th annual Genesis Awards ceremony,  held on March 24,  2012 in Beverly Hills. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the U.S.,  the awards honor mass media for raising public awareness of animal issues.

Awards & Honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2011:

The Animal Welfare Institute has honored Wayne County,
Michigan assistant prosecutors Raj Prasad and Amy Slameka with the
Albert Schweitzer Award for sending two men who burned a dog alive to
prison.   The Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian Albert
Schweitzer,  1875-1965,  in 1951 authorized AWI to present the annual
award. Read more

RSPCA honors Nick Jukes, Wu Hung, & Jill Robinson

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2011:

LONDON-The Royal SPCA of Britain on September 3,  2011 honored InterNICHE coordinator Nick Jukes and Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan founder Wu Hung with the Lord Erskine Silver Award for outstanding contributions to animal welfare.  The award is named in memory of the member of the House of Lords who in 1822 secured passage of a bill “to prevent the cruel and improper treatment of cattle,”  introduced by Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin. Read more

Kenyan wins Natl. Geo. Award

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July/August 2011:


NAIROBI-Paula Kahumbu,  executive director of the Kenya Land Conservation Trust and WildlifeDirect,  was on June 17,  2011 named recipient of the $25,000 National Geographic Annual Award.  “Through WildlifeDirect,”  founded by Kahumbu’s longtime mentor Richard Leakey,  “she has created Africa’s largest wildlife blogging platform,”  wrote Gatonye Gathura for  Kahumbu is author of four books for children,  in collaboration with Isabella and Craig Hatkoff,  describing the initial friendship and further adventures of a baby hippopotamus and a 120-year-old male giant tortoise.  Translated into 27 languages,  the books have sold more than a million copies.

Owen,  the hippo,  was swept out to sea by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Washed ashore and rescued by coastal fishers several days later,  Owen was taken to the Haller wildlife park near Mombasa.  Upon release,  he ran to Mzee,  the tortoise,  and hid behind him.  Not yet weaned,  Owen ate what Mzee ate,  and as tortoises eat much the same food as hippos,  Owen survived and thrived.


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