Reports & Reviews
The Kabul Dog Project
By Jalil Mohammadzai, DVM & Andrew Rowan, DPhil.
WellBeing International is reaching out to engage with and support organizations that are implementing humane dog management projects around the globe. One of these is the Kabul Dog Project in Afghanistan that is run by Mayhew Afghanistan, a division of the Mayhew Home for Animals in North London for whom one of us works as their head veterinarian. Mayhew has been working to help companion animals abroad since 2001 in Russia, India, Georgia, Nepal and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan project began in 2002 in response to an appeal to help the animals in the Kabul Zoo. Building on these foundations, Mayhew Afghanistan is now working with the Kabul Municipality to address the issue of street dogs in Kabul and, in so doing, also reduce the threats of rabies and dog bites to humans.
Girl and Puppy in front of a Dogcatcher in Kabul. (Photo by Mayhew Afghanistan)
Ecological Connectivity: A Report on Transportation Infrastructure Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa
In March of 2019, the First African Conference on Linear Infrastructure and Ecology (ACLIE) was held in South Africa. Our partner organization, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) produced an excellent and eye-opening report for the conference on investments in linear transportation infrastructure (such as roads, railways and canals) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from 2010 through 2017. This chart shows the extent of investments in linear infrastructure in the region by China, the World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit organized a Conservation Geopolitics Forum to spark a scholarly and practically-minded conversation around Conservation Geopolitics that would offer suggestions as to how to address global trends that threaten wildlife and how it might work to frame realistic and successful conservation futures. Dr. Andrew Rowan was one of the participants (session chair and speaker) and gave a talk in which he called for an end to the routine (default) killing of all mammals and terrestrial vertebrates. A PDF of the presentation is provided here.
History and impact of the Johns Hopkins Center
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.
The Zoology of Children’s Literature:
Wumps on Wump World before the Arrival of the Pollutians. (Illustration by Bill Peet)
For more than 200 years, children throughout the world have been learning moral lessons from stories heavily populated by both verbal and non-verbal animal characters. Whether we are talking about Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck from Beatrix Potter, Babar the Elephant from Jean de Brunhoff, Winnie the Pooh and his friends from AA Milne, or the wild animals of African folk tales, these characters have enthralled and educated children the world over. Nevertheless, when the first volume of Anthrozoos was launched in 1987 (the first scholarly journal publishing material on human-animal interactions), there were very few articles or books examining the place of animal characters in children’s literature. That gap in scholarship is not as large as it once was. In this brief note, I want to call attention to a few special examples of literature for young children that deliver messages of respect for animals and the environment.
The Last Elephants(2019) :
The Last Elephants (2019) by Don Pinnock & Colin Bell, Penguin Random House South Africa; Cape Town.
Reviewed by Andrew Rowan
The human population of Africa is projected to climb from a little more than 1.29 billion in 2018 to over 2.5 billion in 2050. Unlike the rest of the world, where the population has levelled off or is even decreasing, Africa’s population is projected to continue climbing throughout the 21st century. This is the (briefly mentioned) and depressing backdrop to a beautiful volume on elephants organized by authors Don Pinnock (who has written extensively in the general media on wildlife issues) and Colin Bell (the owner of a wildlife tour company that was established, in part, to return value to the communities where the company operated among some of the most stunning wild places in Africa).
Edith Hall Book Review :
Review of Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
Edith Hall, Penguin Press, 2019
by Bernard E. Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
It is easy to believe that what we imprecisely call “human nature” has not greatly changed since the time of Aristotle. When we combine this fact with his commonsense approach, it is easy to see how and why Dr. Hall chose this project. The most impressive part of her book is the degree to which she makes Aristotelian ideas come alive for today’s citizens.
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.
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References by Focus Areas
References by Focus Areas
- 2019 World Happiness Report,produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
- Canada Well-being Index – Canada is one of the countries that has recently begun to measure the well-being of their citizens. This website has links (see bottom of the page) to Well-being initiatives around the world (e.g. Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the UK, Bhutan and Israel).
- UNDP on Well-being – A 36-page report (2016) by Paul Anand on well-being.
- Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) – a 2013 paper on well-being, happiness and public policy by Sabina Alkire.
Environmental Sustainability & Humane Education
- World Animal Net – The site has much useful information however, the Humane Education resource is specifically recommended.
- The Link Coalition – Contains an extensive set of materials on the links between human and animal abuse.
- Animal Sentience – New journal (launched in 2016) featuring academic articles and open peer commentary on the topics of animal sentience and well-being.
- IPBES Biodiversity & Sustainability Report, 2019: Media Release - select Full Report, of the IPBES Biodiversity & Sustainability Report, 2019; (Full Report to be 1,500-pages)
Plastics & Oceans
- Our World in Data – is a program based at Oxford University in the United Kingdom that presents data and charts on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) program. There are 17 such goals and Our World in Data presents the latest available data on 232 SDG indicators. Many of these charts will be of interest to followers of WellBeing International but we would draw specific attention to the article on plastics and plastic pollution in the ocean.
- Wild Neighbors – A textbook and guide (2007) to leaving harmoniously with North American wildlife (edited by John Hadidian and colleagues).
- The Ethics of Wildlife Control (2006) – a paper by John Hadidian, Camilla Fox and William Lynn.
- Land Trust Alliance – The place to start when considering land protection in the USA.
- IUCN Database on Protected Areas – The place to start on protected areas globally.
- Ecological Connectivity: A Report on Infrastructure Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa– a 2019 report by the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (see review above).
- CITES – 18th Meeting of the conference of the parties (see CoP), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- 3rd International Dog Population Management Conference, Kenya: International Coalition for Companion Animal Management.
- University of Sydney, One Welfare Conference II – A follow-up to the first International One Welfare Conference, held in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2016.
- Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference, Minneapolis. Participation in this conference is limited to invited speakers, members of Animal Grantmakers and those grantmakers interested in becoming members. Please contact Animal Grantmakers Communications [email protected] for more information.