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WellBeing News: Volume 2, Issue 3
March 2020
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, March 2020
The State of Well-Being
In February 2019, Wellbeing News carried an article discussing ideas relating to the well-being of People, Animals and the Environment. This article was followed by an item on the United Nations’ 2019 World Happiness Report in Tales of WellBeing. The World Happiness Report is issued annually in March, although this year, with the world struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there has consequently been very little attention paid to the 2020 Happiness report or to the UN’s International Day of Happiness on March 20. In the midst of a disaster it is difficult to consider that there may be prospects for a silver lining, but there is always some potential for positive outcomes.

The Context for the Coronavirus Pandemic
March 31, 2020
By WellBeing International

At the beginning of this century, a review paper (Daszak et al, 2000) highlighted the importance of the consumption of wildlife as a major source of a series of dangerous new “emerging” pathogens.

Maps are derived for EID events caused by a, zoonotic pathogens from wildlife, b, zoonotic pathogens from non-wildlife, c, drug-resistant pathogens and d, vector-borne pathogens. Illustration from Jones et al,2008, Nature 451, https://doi.org/10.1038/nature06536.
The most well-known of these is the AIDS virus that was first recognized in 1981 and that has to date been responsible for over 32 million human deaths, over 75 million human infections, and annual global expenditures for prevention and treatment now running at around $20 billion a year. A later study reported that the number of new human pathogens emerging from wildlife was increasing and this article’s accompanying image indicates the hot spots for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) for various types of pathogen.
Photo by: Neighborhood Cats Hawaii

Outdoor Cats - It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

March 30, 2020

By Bryan Kortis, Esq. - Neighborhood Cats Hawaii

As I sit here tapping out this essay, one thing on my mind is how best to respond to the latest proposal on cats being promoted here in Hawaii by the conservation community.
Here in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, conservationists are pushing the county government to launch a cat eradication campaign, using the threat of a major lawsuit if the county refuses. This “solution” has been proposed even though the only shelter on Kauai refuses to participate, there are other policy options that could be more effective, and the only successful cat eradication campaigns have occurred on uninhabited islands at costs ranging into the millions of dollars.
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
June 29 – July 2, 2020
ISAZ 2020, Liverpool, UK: One Health, One Welfare: Wellbeing for all in human-animal interactions.b>
August 23-27, 2020 
11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Maastricht, The Netherlands
September 7-9, 2020 
4th African Animal Welfare Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana. Additional information will appear on the conference website in 2020.
September 15-17, 2020  
The 8th World Sustainability Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.
September 28-30, 2020 [Rescheduled] 
WildCRU, University of Oxford, International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence
September 15-16, 2021  
3rd One Welfare World Conference, Burgos, Spain. Check this website for updates.
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