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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Surrey campaigner to receive national award for tireless work to improve animal welfare

A Surrey woman who campaigns on vital British wildlife issues is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords.

A lifelong animal lover, 50 year old Lorraine Platt, from Thames Ditton, set up The Blue Fox: Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, in 2010 with her husband to work within the Conservative Party to advance animal welfare.

The group was initially founded to represent the two-thirds of Conservative supporters and the 75% of the general population who believe hunting with dogs should remain illegal. The group works to support more than 20 Conservative MPs who are against hunting with dogs and encourages more Conservative MPs to join and speak out on the issue.

Lorraine has also campaigned for hares with her Close Season for Hares campaign, to protect does during their breeding season and, more recently, she has launched another campaign and website, Blue Badger, to stand against the proposed UK badger cull.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “Lorraine is a force of nature – her ability to put forward her message for the improvement of animal welfare is second to none. She is a very worthy recipient of our Campaigner of the Year Award.”

Lorraine said: “I am delighted to have won this prestigious award. I am so proud and honoured to have been acknowledged by IFAW for my campaigning work.

“A huge thank you to all the Conservative and cross-party MPs, and people who have supported, helped and share my dream of campaigning and working together to protect wild animals from unnecessary suffering. A final massive thank you to IFAW for seeing the value in my contribution to wildlife protection work.”

Lorraine will receive her award at IFAW’s Animal Action Awards event, hosted by Baroness Gale, at the House of Lords on October 23rd.
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