In recognition of its tireless efforts in the field of humane education, animal welfare legislation and policy development with respect to dog welfare, PAWS was given the first ever SPCA (Hongkong) Canine Welfare Enhancement Award 2011 at the Gala Night of the 10th year of the Asia of Animals Conference in Kempinski Hotel, Chengdu, China last June 12, 2011
PAWS' President, Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, was also feted at the ceremony for having thought of the Asia for Animals conference and holding the first such conference in Manila in May 2001.
PAWS Exective Director Anna Hashim-Cabrera thanked the AfA 2011 organizers for honoring Nita who could not make it to the ceremony as she had to take care of her ailing husband.
PAWS' work in lobbying for the Animal Welfare Act and for blocking anti-animal welfare legislation such as the proposal to have Greyhound Racing in the Philippines and the tambucho-killing or use of vehicle exhaust fumes as a legal method of killing unclaimed Pound animals, including its humane education and media campaigns were cited as reasons why it received the award and bested all other nominees from Asia.
"They've done fantastic work in terms of increasing awareness and pushing for laws and prosecutions. Their work no doubt improved the welfare of dogs in their country by leaps and bounds, and serves as inspiration for other Asian countries to continue pushing for laws that protect animals," said Ryan Lau, China Outreach Director for HK SPCA- who was part of the Board of Judges for the award.
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