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)

April 30, 2019

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).


March 21, 2019
A Call to End the Routine Killing of Wildlife

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.
November 27, 2018

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.

Book Reviews:

May 16, 2019

The Zoology of Children’s Literature:

Andrew Rowan

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

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 :

A bust of Aristotle

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 :

January 24, 2019

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.


WellBeing News:

April 30, 2019

WellBeing News is a monthly newsletter providing updates, research and analysis on our focus areas,

Tales of WellBeing:

April 30, 2019

 Tales of WellBeing is a monthly publication which includes stories of well-being from around the world.

References by Focus Areas

References by Focus Areas


Environmental Sustainability & Humane Education

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.

Human-Wildlife Conflict

Land Protection

Forthcoming Meetings/Events

Forthcoming Events

May 23-June 3, 2019
September 18-20, 2019
July 22-26, 2019
September 22-26, 2019
October 14-16, 2019
October 20-23, 2019
  • 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.