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Philip Mansbridge

UK Director at International Fund for Animal Welfare

Philip Mansbridge is the UK Director for international animal welfare and conservation charity the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). IFAW is a global non-profit organisation that protects animals and the places they call home. Philip has previously headed up Care for the Wild International, and worked at a senior level for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Guide Dogs and Cats Protection, and is a regular at animal focused events up and down the country.

The Time For An Ivory Ban Is Now

Never has the time been more right for a full domestic ivory ban in the UK. At a time when the Government is already facing a wave of criticism over its manifesto-breaking National Insurance tax hike, all eyes are on its double manifesto pledge of pressing for a 'total ban on the ivory trade'.
15/03/2017 17:13 GMT

Everyone Loves A Puppy, Don't They?

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14/09/2016 10:50 BST

Time For The Prime Minister To Act On Ivory

For many of us it does seem kind of strange that there is still an ivory market of any kind. There's nothing pretty about seeing the remnants of a dead elephant on your wrist or mantelpiece. For most it isn't only times that have changed - our attitudes and understanding have too.
07/09/2016 09:11 BST

Reflecting on Significant Events for Animals, and What 2016 Holds...

It's a New Year, and it's always at this time that people like me get all pensive - thinking about the year just gone and the year ahead. Although many will be thinking of a host of resolutions and changes, new jobs, new diet and the like, for me and many like me my thoughts always relate to animals...
12/01/2016 09:11 GMT

Cecil - The Lion Martyr?

Let's hope this global outrage makes Cecil an unwitting martyr for the cause, now so many people recognise that this just isn't acceptable.
31/07/2015 12:41 BST

Media Take Note - Boxing Day Hunts: Tradition Is No Excuse for Cruelty

It's that time of year again, bellies full, another re-run of Only Fools and Horses on the telly and the annual media scramble around picturesque chocolate box villages up and down the country to report on the 'traditional' Boxing Day hunts, to marvel in the spectre of the noble red coats on their trusty steeds, at the well-groomed packs of hounds and crowds of good country folk celebrating an age old British tradition.
29/12/2014 01:48 GMT

A Jumbo Problem for the Travel Industry

Nothing makes a good holiday brochure richer than the generic picture of a couple aloft an elephant, trekking through lush forest. What could be more authentically backpackery than that? A truly 'real' experience - just add some fire-juggling, a full moon party and copious amounts of local spirits and you have 1000 Facebook likes right there...
28/05/2014 12:28 BST

Endangered Species - Oh How Things Have Changed... Or Not

Care for the Wild is 30 years old this year, and has spent three decades trying to rescue, protect and defend wildlife. Like many others, we've fought hard to stop animals becoming extinct. Surely after all that time and effort, the battle should have been won by now? Apparently not.
15/05/2014 19:40 BST

Should Prince William Destroy the Royal Ivory?

The truth is that destroying works of art and trying to erase history isn't the answer... in itself. We cannot and should not attempt to erase history. What has happened has happened, but what is important is that we learn from history, use it to better ourselves, use it to remedy the issues that once presented themselves and that once burdened us and tarnished our names.
19/03/2014 17:24 GMT

Do Elephants Deserve Foreign Aid?

Zac Goldsmith MP is calling on the UK government to release some of its billions of 'Foreign Aid' money to help stop the decimation of wildlife in developing nations. We at Care for the Wild helped to draft the wording of Zac's Early Day Motion (EDM) and fully support it, but why?
13/12/2013 18:07 GMT

Why the Badger Cull Is Worth Marching Against

On 1 June licences will be issued for the culling of badgers across pilot cull zones. We really need to look at this as a 'grave crime'. It's not only a crime against wildlife, it's a crime against science and a crime against public opinion - that which the government is supposed to represent.
31/05/2013 17:32 BST