Working towards a more compassionate world through education and advocacy

"Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top;

it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses.

This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December's tsunami, when tourists

grabbed their digital cameras andran after the ebbing surf, and all the 'dumb' animals made for the hills".


- B.R. Myers

Louise Van der Merwe

Louise van der Merwe is Founder and Editor of Animal Voice, Founder and Managing Trustee of The Humane Education Trust and Representative in South Africa for the international NGO Compassion in World Farming.


She has worked to raise awareness of the plight of animals, especially farmed animals, since 1989

and is the recipient of three awards, namely:
2003: Recipient of Campaigner of the Year Award presented by the International Fund for Animal Welfare/ANIMALTALK Magazine

2011: Recipient of a Feather Award Winner’s Trophy (Heroine Category) presented by The Female Tribe and 1st for Women Insurance Brokers for her ‘tireless and selfless 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.’ 

2013: Recipient of a City of Cape Town Award in recognition of her ‘outstanding contribution and commitment to humane education and environmental awareness’.

In July 2013, she launched Humane Education workshops for teachers and learners on Constitution Hill as part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations and these workshops are on-going.


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