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Rio’s Veterinary Council Prize Highlights WSPA’s Work Methods

16 years ago

25th September, 2006 00h00

WSPA Brazil’s Regional Manager was honored this September 13th in Rio de Janeiro with the Claude Bourgelat Award. Elizabeth Mac Gregor received the award from the Council of Veterinary Medicine of Rio for her notable services to the animal welfare cause. “This award is a recognition to all who struggle in the animal protection movement in a professional manner, forging partnerships for change and cooperating for a higher purpose which is the life of animals”, said Mrs. Mac Gregor during the award ceremony. In her speech Elizabeth also thanked Rio’s Veterinary Council for their collaboration with herself and WSPA, reminding us that this was the first time that the award had been given to someone from the animal protection movement. An example to follow Eduardo Borges, president of Rio’s Veterinary Council, pointed out that WSPA’s work is an example to be followed. For Borges, WSPA’s willingness to discuss and exchange views with all sectors of society is the the thing that sets them apart in the fight for animal welfare. “Our Council relationship with WSPA is excellent. We have found room for dialogue with an organization willing to work for animals with us in a sensible way, looking for scientific backing to its proposals, and free of doubtful ideologies or unfounded aggressive methods”, concludes Borges. The Claude Bourgelat Award The award ceremony took place during a special session of the Local House of Representatives of Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Veterinary’s Day in Brazil. The award received by Elizabeth is named after a well known barrister and horseman who lived in Lyon, France, during the eighteenth century. A man passionate about horses, Bourgelat studied equine anatomy in depth. He was a great researcher and one responsible for the scientific status achieved by veterinary medicine in those days. The award named after Bourgelat honors those who, like him, did not pursue a career in veterinary education, but have still made significant contributions to the science.

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