Sunday, November 13, 2011
Last Wednesday while working in the office at the DSC I had the honour to meet Rob Laidlaw. I had heard Rob's name many times before and have read some of this books, so it was of great pleasure to meet him in person. Rob is an acclaimed animal activist and founder of Zoocheck, one of Canada's leading animal rights organisations. He began his animal protection work in 1979, investigating slaughter houses and farming practices in Ontario. Since1984, he has been involved in wildlife issues, with an emphasis on the welfare of wildlife in captivity. His work has included successful campaigns to change wildlife protection policies and laws in many jurisdictions, as well as the closure of a number of substandard zoos. For the past 10 years, he has also been involved in numerous international initiatives, with a particular emphasis on wildlife in captivity issues in Asia. Laidlaw has authored several children's books on animal issues, such as On Parade, The Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment and Wild Animals in Captivity, is a Chartered Biologist, and a former Humane Society Inspector, past member of the board of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and past Project Manager/Technical Advisor for the World Society for the Protection of Animals operating in 91 countries around the world. He currently serves as Director of Zoocheck Canada. On that day Rob had been invited by Sandra to visit the DSC and attend a meeting with her and our Operation's Manager. It was Rob's first visit to the Sanctuary even though he had been involved in speaking engagement through the DSC with us. We are hoping to organize a workshop with him in the near future and that would be totally awesome and can only benefit us all and most importantly the donkeys.