The mission of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is to rescue and protect animals around the world. IFAW rescues individual animals, safeguards populations, and preserves habitats. Founded in 1969 in Canada and in the UK in 1981, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. We also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.
IFAW’s vision is a world where animals are respected and protected. We promise supporters and policy makers effective animal protection solutions delivered with intelligence, compassion and integrity. In order to achieve IFAW’s vision of a world where animals are respected and protected, we follow key principles in our hands on projects with animals and in our advocacy work to secure better animal welfare protection in policy, legislation and society:
- It should be recognised that animals have intrinsic value and are sentient beings.
- Policy should be based on sound science within an ethical framework for animals.
- Conservation decisions should be guided by ecological sustainability and biological sustainability, the precautionary principle within an ethical framework for animals.