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WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue 8
September 2019
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, September 2019
Third African Animal Welfare Conference
The Third African Animal Welfare Conference took place in Addis Ababa at the beginning of September (the first two were held in Kenya in 2017 and 2018). There were over 200 attendees drawn from all regions of Africa and from eight non-African countries. As in the previous two conferences, the lead entity organizing the conference was the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), a Kenyan NGO established in 2006. I was privileged to be invited to be a speaker (see accompanying report) at the third conference and was eager to see how animal welfare advocacy is taking root in Africa.

Animal Welfare and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Beth Allgood, Country Director, US,
International Fund for Animal Welfare

Since 2015, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have served as a framework for a holistic approach to development that recognizes the need to incorporate non-economic measures of growth and human well-being. The SDG guidelines are a bold attempt to accomplish some of the most comprehensive global goals ever proclaimed---ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
However, with the exception of SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), the majority of the seventeen SDGs lack a key aspect: weaving animal welfare and conservation into the development of each goal. Though this expectation may seem unrealistic at first, all living things are connected---humanity is undeniably linked with our fellow species and the relationship among humans, animals, and nature remains as critical as ever. The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) report “Thriving Together” (see below) examines how the inclusion of animal welfare and conservation is vital to successful achievement of the SDGs.

Third African Animal Welfare Conference, September 2-4, 2019

The Third African Animal Welfare Conference took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the beginning of September (the first two were held in Kenya in 2017 and 2018).
 
There were over 200 attendees drawn from all regions of Africa and from eight non-African countries. As in the previous two conferences, the lead entity organizing the conference was the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), a Kenyan NGO established in 2006. Apart from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and a few East African countries, animal advocacy presence in African countries has been very limited until recently.
 
"Photo by: Erkki Alvenmod"

Attitudes to Wildlife

August 1, 2019

By Andrew N. Rowan, DPhil

Dr. Stephen Kellert of the Yale School of Forestry performed some of the first large scale assessments of American attitudes to wildlife in the 1970s.
He generated a set of attitudes/values and estimated the proportion of Americans strongly oriented toward a particular value. For example (total distribution adds up to more than 100% because there were overlapping value distributions), 35% of Americans were Humanistic (enjoying animal companionship and affection), 20% were Moralistic (includes animal welfare advocates) while 20% were Utilitarian (saw wildlife as a resource for humans) and 35% were Neutralistic (basically exhibited a passive avoidance of and lack of interest in wildlife). The remaining values were Naturalistic (10%), Ecologistic (7%), Scientistic (1%), Aesthetic (15%), Dominionistic (3%) and Negativistic (2%). Kellert and a colleague (Miriam Westervelt) then followed up by looking at changes in US attitudes to wildlife over time (from 1900 to 1976) and found that Utilitarian values had declined.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
September 18-20, 2019
3rd International Dog Population Management Conference, Mombasa, Kenya: International Coalition for Companion Animal Management
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 18-20, 2019 
Asia for Animals (AFA) 11th Conference, Dalian International Finance Conference Center, China
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.
April 1-3, 2020 
WildCRU, University of Oxford, International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence
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