Vaccinate Against Violence

January 23, 2019

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.

Environmental Protection

January 15, 2019

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

January 15, 2019

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

October 26, 2018

WellBeing International

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.

Costa Rica

October 26, 2018

–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

October 26, 2018

– 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.


WellBeing International


History and impact of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing: Developments for humans and animals in safety testing and risk assessment.

November 27, 2018

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

October 26, 2018

Animal Studies Repository includes a section on Companion Animals that includes numerous reports and papers on companion animal management.

Resources On Environmental Sustainability & Humane Education

October 26, 2018

World Animal Net – has a lengthy section on humane education on its website that is well worth reading.

The Link Coalition – includes an extensive set of materials on the links between human and animal abuse.

Reviews & Reports

A Valentine Message from Valentina

February 14, 2019

No matter how bleak things may sometimes appear, never underestimate what wonders the universe may have in store for you.

Book Review

January 23, 2019

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.

Forthcoming Meetings/Events

March 20-22, 2019

Oxford University, Worcester College, WildCRU Conservation Geopolitics Forum, a ground-breaking conference on global trends and wildlife.


September 2019

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

University of Sydney, One Welfare Conference II – A follow-up to the first International One Welfare Conference, held in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2016.