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Philip Mansbridge

UK Director for IFAW

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 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.

IFAW also advocates saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as the campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts. Philip Mansbridge took over as UK Director IFAW in October 2014, having previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer of Care for the Wild International, a charity that works to rescue, protect and defend wildlife around the world. Philip has extensive experience in the animal welfare charity sector across both companion animals and wildlife, having worked for leading charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Cats Protection and Guide Dogs for the Blind and he regularly appears in print and on television as a spokesman for key wildlife issues and campaigns across all major media networks.

Five Years On...The Pointless Killing Continues

It's with an unpleasant sense of déjà vu that I write this, but for the fifth year running the time has come round again when the Government allows the killing of thousands of badgers, despite the fact that they're supposedly a protected species.
25/09/2017 15:22 BST

How You Can Help Stop The Ivory Trade

Here in the UK, the situation that many people find themselves in is that they may be an unwilling ivory owner. They may have a bit of dead elephant on their mantelpiece, maybe a bit of dead elephant in their jewellery box, maybe a bit of dead elephant in their hallway. And, maybe, they don't want it - they didn't buy it, or they bought it before they knew the true cause and effect of buying ivory.
17/07/2017 16:55 BST

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

Cecil the Lion - One Year On, Was His Death in Vain?

Seeing as we invented trophy hunting, the British Government really should take a lead in stopping it. In the wake of the Cecil outcry, the Government has threatened to ban the importation of lion trophies into Britain, but only if there isn't significant improvement in trophy hunting practices. A review has been commissioned, but it is a two-year review. The simple fact is that lions like Cecil can't wait that long. They only have until the next crossbow or bullet from a wealthy trophy hunter penetrates their skin.
29/06/2016 11:57 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

It's Not Just the Foxes That Are Sly

I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.
13/07/2015 16:23 BST

When It Comes to Hunting, It's Not the Foxes Who Are Sly

Election time is here again, the time when big issues such as the economy, the future of the NHS, taxation, immigration and the like are all thrown into the melting pot and packaged up into headlines and soundbites that try to appeal to each and every one of us. But, there's another contentious issue that affects hardly anyone, yet apparently 'divides the nation'.... fox hunting.
06/05/2015 11:35 BST

General Election - Cutting Through the Blurb to Make Your Vote Count for Animals

One thing notable about this election, more than ever before, is that it seems that animals and animal welfare are being considered as a real vote winner (or loser, depending on your level of cynicism). So, with that in mind, here's a top-line summary for people that want to make their vote count for animals on 7 May.
20/04/2015 22:23 BST

Britain Unites for Wildlife

It was a chance to protest, to meet like-minded people and to learn about the issues, but most of all it was a chance to celebrate that if you love and care about wildlife you are in good company here in the UK.
27/02/2015 13:51 GMT

Hunting, Ten Years on - Has Anything Changed?

Ten years on is a good time to reflect - but let's hope that in 10 years from now British people, from all walks of life, can together hold our heads up high and say that we respect our laws and know the difference between right and wrong. Let's not have a return to cruelty, let's have a return to morality and common sense.
18/02/2015 10:28 GMT