LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT, ANDREW ROWAN, May 2019
Human-Dog Interactions and Municipal Policy
In 2009, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia performed a nationwide survey asking people about the threats in their local communities. Unexpectedly, the results highlighted concerns about roaming dogs (rather than mine fields, crime or some other social ill). More specifically, the complaints mentioned dog attacks on people and domestic livestock. As a result, the UNDP teamed up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to launch the Humane Community Development project in seven municipalities in Bosnia in 2013. The project has been very successful, and the UNDP is now (in 2019) expanding it to an additional four municipalities. The first seven have reported not only a significant reduction in roaming dogs and related problems but also some unexpected benefits. The municipalities and their citizens have been engaging more with one another and this engagement has led to improved civic cooperation both within and between the communities.
Where we work
Our first projects (in partnership with other organizations) are in South Africa and Central and South America. We will be looking to engage across the globe to help people, animals and the environment.
What we do
Globally, there are around 700 million dogs in the world of which approximately 300 million are “homeless” street dogs. These street dogs suffer from high rates of injury, mange and other diseases and are a source of injury and disease for people. WellBeing International plans to build a global program vaccinating (against rabies) and sterilizing street dogs. Such projects have been associated with reductions in disease and dog bite incidence and a more harmonious relationship among people, dogs and their environment.
Healthy Outcomes for People, Animals, Environment
There is a growing concern that modern generations are becoming too divorced from nature with adverse consequences for people, animals and the environment. WellBeing International will be promoting sustainable environments through humane and environmental education. We need to achieve more efficient energy use, greater awareness of the impact of our food choices and greater awareness of the links between people, animals and the environment.
WellBeing International will be developing projects that will engage humans in a broader understanding of how we influence animals and the environment. For example, our food choices have a substantial and little-understood impact on the environment. Humans can work to save wildlife and ecosystems by protecting lands and promoting effective programs that change human behavior to protect both humans and animals.