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WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue 10
December 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, December 2019
WellBeing International 2019
This will be our last newsletter of 2019 and WBI would like to take this opportunity to thank you for following our activities through the first full year of our existence. This letter will provide a summary of our activities for 2019 and serve as our annual report. The next (January) WellBeing News will provide more details of our plans for 2020. But first, we send our heartfelt thanks to all our Board members and Global Ambassadors, partner organizations, funding agencies, supporters and others who have engaged with us during 2019. WBI believes we have established a solid foundation and look forward to further growth in 2020.

The first item to report is the news that the Vice President of WBI’s Board, Dr. S. Chinny Krishna, has been honored with the Winsome Constance Kindness Award for 2020. Previous recipients have included Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough and Mrs. Maneka Gandhi (Minister in the current Indian government). The award is conferred by the Kindness Trust of Australia, headed by Philip and Trix Wollen, which supports 500 projects in 40 countries around the world. This is very well-deserved recognition for Dr. Krishna, who was the first in the world (55 years ago) to propose surgical sterilization (Animal Birth Control) as a humane method for managing street dogs.

Wild Animals on Our Doorstep
Andrew White, Greyton Conservation Society, South Africa.

The world over, wild animals pose a challenge to humans, from elephants in the savannah to coyotes in suburbia. Greyton, a community of 11,000 people about 80 miles from Cape Town, is not exempt. Here we have our own set of problems shared by many villages and cities in Southern Africa.

Baboon eating spaghetti, Jonkerhuis Restaurant, Cape Town, Sept. 2019.
https://www.capetownetc.com/news/pasta-eating-baboon-still-alive/
People are increasingly struggling to ‘get along’ with the Chacma baboon. Tensions rise as the baboons move into human territory and start to enter and ransack homes. Once the baboons develop a taste for human food, they want more, and it always ends badly for the baboons because humans take action to defend their property—shooting and killing. Recently, a large male baboon jumped a “baboon-proof” fence to dine on spaghetti Bolognese at an outdoor restaurant near Cape Town before being chased back into the mountains.
"Human Rabies Incidence in Chennai 1973-2017. Note that there is no data in the chart from 1978-1995."

Rabies in Chennai and in India

By Andrew Rowan

One of the more important recent papers on the role of dogs in rabies transmission was the paper by Reece & Chawla (2006). It described the elimination of human rabies cases in the center of Jaipur due to a street dog sterilization and vaccination program (Animal Birth Control – ABC).
The sterilization project was launched in Jaipur’s Pink City in 1994. By 2002, the number of human rabies cases in the area had fallen from around eight to ten a year to zero. Meanwhile, the number of human rabies cases in the area of Jaipur where street dog sterilization was not being carried out had doubled to around eight a year.
An even more dramatic outcome was observed in Chennai, where Dr. S. Chinny Krishna reported in 2010 that human rabies cases in the city had fallen from 120 a year in 1996 to around five a year ten years later (and then to zero).
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
January 20-21, 2020
PanAfrican Sanctuary Association, The Illegal Trade in Chimpanzees, Conakry, Guinea. Contact Gregg Tully at [email protected] for more information.
April 1-3, 2020 
WildCRU, University of Oxford, International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence
August 23-27, 2020 
11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Maastricht, The Netherlands
September 2020  
4th African Animal Welfare Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana. Additional information will appear on the conference website in 2020.
September 15-16, 2021  
Third One Welfare World Conference, Burgos, Spain. Check this website for updates.
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