Vaccinate Against Violence
Humane education – teaching children to be kind to animals and not be cruel – is one of the foundations of the global animal protection movement. St. Thomas Aquinas, while holding that Catholics had no direct duties to animals, still argued that humans had indirect duties to animals and should treat them kindly lest cruelty to animals slid into cruelty to other humans.
Many readers are likely already aware of the threat of plastic pollution to the environment, especially plastic in the world’s oceans. This issue has built rapidly in the last few years and there are several new NGOs launched in the last few years that focus specifically on the “plastic ocean” issue.
Global Dog Campaign
There are approximately 700 million dogs in the world today. Around 300 million are street dogs, and the others are mostly either pets or household guard dogs. The interactions communities have with street dogs is changing (see Oct 26 blog on a shelter in Costa Rica), leading to better welfare for the dogs and also for people (lower incidence of canine zoonosis, fewer dog bites and fewer dog nuisance problems in well-managed municipalities).
Baboon Monitor Team
A recent posting on Facebook by a resident of Greyton, a town (and artists’ retreat) about 80 miles from Cape Town in South Africa, asked readers if they were wondering why they were not seeing baboons around or in Greyton.
–WBI’s first blog details the impressive,positive changes in the human-dog relationship in Costa Rica over the past twenty to thirty years. These developments are occurring in countries around the globe but on different timescales in each country.
Dog Management in the USA
– A recent analysis of trends in US dog populations and dog management has been published in the Open Access journal, Animals by Andrew Rowan and Tamara Kartal . The article was published on April 28, 2018 and has received 1,779 views since then. The figure below from the article shows how the euthanasia of dogs in shelters (per 1,000 people) has changed over time (a 90% reduction) in the USA.
History and impact of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing: Developments for humans and animals in safety testing and risk assessment.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing was established in 1981. Dr. Andrew Rowan, who has been a member of the Center’s Advisory Board since it was established, spoke about the impact of the Center.
Resources On Dog Management
Animal Studies Repository includes a section on Companion Animals that includes numerous reports and papers on companion animal management.
Reviews & Reports
A Valentine Message from Valentina
No matter how bleak things may sometimes appear, never underestimate what wonders the universe may have in store for you.
Book Review by Debra Firmani | Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals
If you share your life with a companion animal, or ever have – or if you simply love animals – Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals will resonate with you. Thirty gifted and award-winning authors share stirring and memorable proof of what love can be through essays and poems about experiences or insights their companion animals or encounters with wild animals have given them.
March 20-22, 2019
Oxford University, Worcester College, WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum, a ground-breaking conference on global trends and wildlife.
3rd International Dog Population Management Conference, Kenya: International Coalition for Companion Animal Management (final dates to be announced – check the ICAM website).
October 14-16, 2019