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  WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue 5                                                                                            May 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, May 2019
Human-dog Interactions and Municipal Policy
In 2009, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia performed a nationwide survey asking people about the threats in their local communities. Unexpectedly, the results highlighted concerns about roaming dogs (rather than mine fields, crime or some other social ill). More specifically, the complaints mentioned dog attacks on people and domestic livestock. As a result, the UNDP teamed up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to launch the Humane Community Development project in seven municipalities in Bosnia in 2013. The project has been very successful, and the UNDP is now (in 2019) expanding it to an additional four municipalities. The first seven have reported not only a significant reduction in roaming dogs and related problems but also some unexpected benefits. The municipalities and their citizens have been engaging more with one another and this engagement has led to improved civic cooperation both within and between the communities.
Girl and Puppy in front of a Dogcatcher in Kabul. (Photo by Mayhew Afghanistan)

The Kabul Dog Project

By Jalil Mohammadzai, DVM & Andrew Rowan, DPhil.

WellBeing International is reaching out to engage with and support organizations that are implementing humane dog management projects around the globe. One of these is the Kabul Dog Project in Afghanistan that is run by Mayhew Afghanistan, a division of the Mayhew Home for Animals in North London for whom one of us works as their head veterinarian.
Mayhew International has been working to help companion animals abroad since 2001 in Russia, India, Georgia, Nepal and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan project began in 2002 in response to an appeal to help the animals in the Kabul Zoo. Building on these foundations, Mayhew Afghanistan is now working with the Kabul Municipality to address the issue of street dogs in Kabul and, in so doing, also reduce the threats of rabies and dog bites to humans.

Great Britain: Animal Experiments and Procedures: 1900 – 2017

A Quiet Revolution Replacing the Use of Animals in Research

by Andrew Rowan, DPhil.

On 16 May (2019), the Sanger Institute outside Cambridge in the UK announced it would  
be closing its laboratory animal facility in the next few years. It came to this decision “following a rigorous review” of its scientific strategy and after consulting with the Wellcome Trust, one of the major funders of biomedical research in the world today and a very generous supporter of programs at the Sanger Institute. This is a momentous decision, but it is not particularly surprising (except for the timing – earlier than expected) to those of us who have been following the animal research issue over the past thirty years.
 
Taken from https://www.ipbes.net/news/ipbes-global-assessment-preview

IPBES Report

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an intergovernmental (UN) body which assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided to society. It was established by member states in 2012 and its objective is to strengthen the science-policy interface on
long-term sustainable development and human well-being. There are currently over 130 member states and a large number of civil society representatives who participate in the formal IPBES process as observers.

On 2 August, 2018, the IPBES announced that its assessment of Global Biodiversity, the first such assessment since 2005, was nearing completion. On 6 May, 2019, the IPBES released a detailed “Summary for Policy Makers” of this global assessment that highlighted key findings and messages. According to Sir Robert Watson, chair of IPBES, “The loss of species, ecosystems and genetic diversity is already a global and generational threat to human well-being.” This Summary for Policy Makers (an unedited version was available on May 6) is not currently available on the IPBES website, but six draft chapters can be downloaded. See the WBI Resources page for a link to the IPBES media release and to the draft chapters.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
Postponed CITES CoP 18
CITES has postponed the 18th CoP in Sri Lanka. Please see this link.
July 1-4, 2019
Animals in the Public Eye (Orlando, FL).
September 18-20, 2019
3rd International Dog Population Management Conference, Kenya: International Coalition for Companion Animal Management.
July 22-26, 2019
Species on the Move Conference (Kruger NP, South Africa).
September 22-26, 2019 
International Conference on Ecology & Transportation (Sacramento, USA).
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.
October 20-23, 2019
Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference, Minneapolis. Participation in this conference is limited to invited speakers, members of Animal Grantmakers and those grantmakers interested in becoming members. Please contact Animal Grantmakers Communications - [email protected].org for more information.
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