Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
WellBeing News: Volume 1, Issue 9
October 2019
Global Animal Protection
September and October are traditionally heavy conference months across the world and that is true in the animal protection space as well. In the past seven weeks, WellBeing International has attended and spoken at five conferences in Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Mombasa, Sydney and Dalian (China). Two of these conferences were regional conferences focusing on animal protection in Africa (the Third African Animal Welfare Conference in Addis Ababa) and Asia (the Eleventh Asia for Animals Conference in Dalian). These successful regional conferences are evidence of the growing global concern about the treatment of animals and about the state of the world in general (e.g. the One Welfare Conference at the University of Sydney this month) and the growth in animal protection concern is the topic of this Letter.

The Third International Humane Dog Population Management Conference, Mombasa, Kenya; 18-20 September 2019.

To date there have been three international dog population management conferences. The first was organized by Dr. Giovanna Massei in York (UK, 2012). The second and third have been organized by ICAM (the International Companion Animal Management Coalition) in Istanbul (Turkey, 2015) and most recently in Mombasa (Kenya, September 2019). The venue of the third Dog Population Management (DPM) conference was a conference hotel just north of Mombasa.
Attendance was relatively light (149 registrants on day 1 and 185 on days 2 and 3). Almost two thirds of the attendees were representatives of NGOs and the majority of the attendees (51%) came from Africa with 16% each from Europe and Asia. Rabies control was a major theme of the conference with one-quarter of the individual presentations involving a focus on rabies control. In addition, a World Rabies Day celebration organized by the Kenya Veterinary Association was held on the fourth day of the conference. Individuals will have their own favorite presentations but here are some that caught the attention of WellBeing International (WBI).

"Photo by: K. Rowan"

Cape Town Animal Conference, South Africa

October 25, 2019

By Andrew N Rowan, DPhil.

The second Cape Animal Conference in September was held at the University of Cape Town (UCT) courtesy of a student group, We Are Animals, that allowed the organizers to make use of UCT lecture facilities. The conference “theme” involved an examination of how laws and their application affect animal protection in South Africa. However, the conference also included talks on a wide range of topics including service animals, links between human and animal abuse, lectures on farm animals and veganism and leopard protection. In addition, WBI gave a presentation on global dog management issues and how such issues might present in South Africa.
"Teaching humane education. Greyton, South Africa"

Humane Education

October 15, 2019

By Andrew N Rowan, DPhil

There is widespread support for humane and environmental education as a means of improving the treatment of animals.
However, there are no studies that report that humane education leads to significant improvement in the treatment of animals. The few studies that attempt to evaluate the impact of humane education report that such education leads to an increase (usually modest) in knowledge about animal welfare but have not documented an increase in behaviors that point towards an improved treatment of animals.

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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