South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne met injured police dog Finn in Westminster last week, as part of a celebration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to mark 50 years of campaigning to protect wildlife in the UK and around the globe.
Mr Dunne joined IFAW in Parliament to celebrate some of the many animal welfare victories in the UK in recent years, including Finn’s Law last month to protect service animals better.
Two years ago Police dog Finn sustained serious stab wounds to the chest and head while protecting an officer pursuing a robbery suspect. But the offender could only be charged with criminal damage for the injuries caused. Mr Dunne supported Finn’s Law, which amended the Animal Welfare Act to ensure those who attack service animals receive appropriate sentences.
Mr Dunne said: “I was delighted to meet PC David Wardell and Finn, whose heroic story inspired a change in the law to ensure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.
I have also supported IFAW’s work to rescue and protect vulnerable animals around the world. With many species at a tipping point due to human exploitation, it is vital that we all play a part in protecting them for future generations.”
IFAW was founded in 1969 after a group of concerned individuals first witnessed newborn seal pups being slaughtered on the ice floes off Canada’s East Coast. This work was expanded to cover new species and regions and today the organisation works across seas, oceans and in more than 40 countries, rescuing more animals and securing more habitats than ever before.
Photo: Philip Dunne MP with police dog Finn and his handler in Parliament to celebrate passage of Finn’s Law.