Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
   WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue1                                                                                        January 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN
WellBeing International (WBI) was founded on the basis that improving the long-term well-being of people should,with suitable foresight and wisdom, also involve improving the well-being of animals and the environment, and vice-versa. We believe there are ways to improve the well-being of all three elements of the PAE (people, animals and the environment)  triad by paying more attention to all three elements and focusing on the intersections when  looking at strategies to achieve well-being goals. Typically, most well-being (happiness) projects focus mainly on anthropocentric outcomes and impacts. However, we will include animals and the environment as equal partners in order to maximize the well-being of all life  both locally and globally. The old aphorism that all politics is local applies to well-being as well: developing appropriate solutions for local communities will provide examples and models that can be taken to scale to affect global well-being.
Photo by:Blue Cross of India

GLOBAL DOG CAMPAIGN 

There are approximately 700 million dogs in  the world today. Around 300 million are street dogs, and the others are mostly either  pets or household guard dogs.  The interactions communities have with street dogs is changing (see Oct 26 blog on a shelter in Costa Rica), leading to better welfare for the dogs and also for people (lower incidence  of canine zoonosis, fewer dog bites and fewer dog nuisance problems in well-managed municipalities). 

VACCINATE AGAINST VIOLENCE 

Humane education – teaching children to be kind to animals and not be cruel – is one of the foundations of the global animal protection movement.  St. Thomas Aquinas, while holding that Catholics had no direct duties to animals, still argued that humans had indirect duties to animals and should treat them kindly lest cruelty to animals slid into cruelty to other humans.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Most readers of this newsletter are likely aware of the threat of plastic pollution to the environment, especially plastic in the world’s oceans.  This issue has built rapidly in the last few years and there are several new NGOs launched in the last few years that focus specifically on the “plastic ocean” issue. 
 
REVIEW & REPORTS 
November 27, 2018

History and Impact of the Johns Hopkins Center Animal Testing for Alternatives to Animal Testing
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing was established in 1981.  Dr Andrew Rowan, who has been a member of the Center’s Advisory Board since it was established, spoke about the impact that Center has had since 1981 and the tremendous changes in animal testing that have occurred.
 
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
March 20-22, 2019
Oxford University, Worcester College, WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum , a ground-breaking conference on global trends and wildlife. 
October 14-16, 2019 
University of Sydney, One Welfare Conference II – A follow-up to the first International One Welfare Conference, held in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2016.
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