HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, honored Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Emirates Animal Welfare Society (EAWS) and chairman and owner of the Emirates Park Zoo, in recognition of the society’s efforts in spreading awareness regarding animal welfare issues and for the preservation of animal life.

HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad urged the public to be kind to animals and to treat them humanely. He also encouraged them to get involved and volunteer for animal protection activities, and to promote positive behaviors towards animals. These recommendations are based on nurturing the positive role of animals and their importance for humans, as they play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance.

The honoring was part of the Ministry of Environment and Water’s Second Partners Forum 2014 which was held under the patronage of the Minister of Environment and Water at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. The forum was attended by the agents and officials of the ministry, representatives of governmental and semi-governmental institutions, companies, and media partners.

The Ministry of Environment and Water has previously signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Park Zoo and the EAWS during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014 (ADIHEX). The MoU was a move which aimed to strengthen the ties of cooperation in the field of animal welfare, to promote public awareness regarding the importance of animal rights, and to maintain the public health and safety of the environment in which we live.

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