Andrew White, Greyton Conservation Society, South Africa.
The world over, wild animals pose a challenge to humans, from elephants in the savannah to coyotes in suburbia. Greyton, a community of 11,000 people about 80 miles from Cape Town, is not exempt. Here we have our own set of problems shared by many villages and cities in Southern Africa.
December 17, 2019 | By Meg Daley Olmert
I’m Meg Daley Olmert and for the last 20 years I’ve been researching the biology of the human-animal bond and its therapeutic effects. In 2011, I joined the Warrior Canine Connection Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, an innovative and highly effective animal-assisted intervention that involves US Veterans in the training of service dogs to reduce the symptoms of combat trauma.
In 2017, I received a call from Sarah Schmidt, the founder and president of The Big Fix Uganda—a non-profit, based in Port Townsend, WA that operates the only veterinary hospital in Northern Uganda. Since 2012, The Big Fix has provided veterinary services, 365 days a year, to ease the suffering of animals in Northern Uganda and eradicate the deadly threat of rabies.
The fate of dogs in Northern Uganda is grim. Everyone has them, but these dogs are not pets. They provide home security—essential when you do not have a front door—and valuable hunting partners. Despite their service, they are often neglected, abused, and even killed. This emotional disconnect is fueled by the very real fear of rabies and the horror of a war that left many human survivors equally reviled and abused.
By Beth Allgood, Country Director, US, International Fund for Animal Welfare
However, with the exception of SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), the majority of the seventeen SDGs lack a key aspect: weaving animal welfare and conservation into the development of each goal. Though this expectation may seem unrealistic at first, all living things are connected—humanity is undeniably linked with our fellow species and the relationship among humans, animals, and nature remains as critical as ever. The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) report “Thriving Together” (see below) examines how the inclusion of animal welfare and conservation is vital to successful achievement of the SDGs.
July 31, 2019 | By Mark Jones BVSc, MSc (Stir), MSc (UL), MRCVS,
Head of Policy, Born Free Foundation
July 10, 2019 | By Hemanta Mishra, PhD.
Apr 18, 2019 | By Andrew Rowan