Louise van der Merwe
TOPIC: Getting a better deal for farmed animals
A journalist by profession, Louise has worked towards a better dispensation for farmed animals in South Africa for the last 24 years.
- She is Representative in South Africa for the international NGO Compassion in World Farming;
- Editor of Animal Voice, a quarterly national magazine dedicated to creating awareness of the suffering of farmed animals and lobbying at every level for better welfare; and
- Managing Trustee of The Humane Education Trust which works in schools towards creating a sense of respect for all life.
Louise has directed and produced eight documentaries on animal welfare and has written four novels for primary school learners that promote a sense of respect and care for animals. These resources have been officially approved by the Department of Basic Education and are used in schools throughout the country.
Louise has been presented with three awards for her work.
In 2003, she was presented with Campaigner of the Year Award, by Animal Talk magazine in co-operation with the International Fund for Animal Welfare;
In 2011 she was presented with a Feathers Award Winner’s Trophy for her “tireless work to bring attention to the plight of animals in South Africa and the impact that animal cruelty has on human beings, society and the environment.” See: http://www.firstforwomen.co.za/Winners-2011-Feather-Awards.
Earlier this year, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department presented her with a trophy in recognition of her “outstanding contribution and commitment to humane education and environmental awareness in the City of Cape Town.”