Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
WellBeing News: Volume 2, Issue 4
April 2020
Sustainable Development
The news these days is, not surprisingly, dominated by Covid-19 stories and how different communities and countries are adapting to the pandemic. This issue of WellBeing News will be no different with two items from Mark Jones of Born Free and Jill Robinson of Animals Asia. Mark is leading Born Free’s activities to engage global policymakers and to take action to prevent future pandemics caused by zoonotic agents (we need to stop wildlife consumption and habitat loss). Jill Robinson was a pioneering animal advocate in China and East Asia and provides a perspective on what we have come to call “wet markets” in that part of the world. WBI will let them carry the message of what we need to do now. In this “Letter,” we will address the question of trophy hunting in a “sustainable” use context.

Don’t Blame Wildlife for Covid-19
April 30, 2020
By Mark Jones BVSc, MSc (Stir), MSc (UL), MRCVS,
Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world is causing physical, social and economic disruption on an unprecedented scale. By April 21, 2020, around 2.5 million Covid-19 cases had been reported across the world. More than 170,000 people had died, and the numbers keep rising. A huge proportion of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown as countries try to slow the spread of the virus. The cost to the global economy is predicted to run into several trillions of dollars.
A Flying Fox (Bat) – Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne, Australia by CraigRJD

The strain of coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic is thought to have originated from wildlife. There has been much speculation over whether bats, snakes or pangolins, or some combination of these were the sources of the original human cases in Wuhan, China. However, importantly, whichever species are ultimately confirmed as the agents that transmitted the virus to people, wildlife is not to blame for the current pandemic.

Time to Act Now – Why Compassion Counts

April 30, 2020

By Jill Robinson, Animals Asia, MBE Founder and CEO, Animals Asia

A typical live animal market in China (Photo by Animals Asia Foundation)
As the number of people tragically succumbing to Covid-19 grows across the world, we are left reeling with the terrible consequences of our actions and of our ongoing disregard of animal cruelty and hygiene in the live animal markets of Asia and across the world. Joining a chorus of other high-level names, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has pointed the finger at live wild animal markets as the source of diseases such as Covid-19, which has crippled and paralyzed the world. We know that approximately 75% of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal based), accounting for billions of cases of illness and millions of deaths each year. Our treatment of animals must now surely be under the spotlight and held to full and final account.

What to Know about Pets and Coronavirus
April 30, 2020

Two pet cats as well as a few zoo-dwelling tigers and lions have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the US. Officials say there is no evidence that the animals can pass the virus to humans, but the Washington Post examines what we know about the transmission of the virus between humans and animals and concludes that the risks are very small. Veterinary and animal advocacy groups around the world agree.
Cat with Man by 1001slide
June 29 – July 2, 2020
ISAZ 2020, Liverpool, UK: One Health, One Welfare: Wellbeing for all in human-animal interactions.
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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