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Developing Partnerships to End Dog and Cat “Homelessness”
July 31, 2019
By Andrew Rowan, DPhil, Chief Program Officer
WellBeing International
The pet care (food, treats and veterinary care) market and dog and cat “homelessness” are related. It is in everyone’s interest (animal NGOs, pet care companies and other stakeholders) to collaborate and work together to address (and end?) pet homelessness. Pet care companies have financial and technical resources (which would grow significantly if more dogs and cats were in homes rather than on the streets) while animal NGOs have large (and growing) human resources in terms of staff and volunteers as well as increasing public support. Ending dog and cat homelessness is certainly a very ambitious goal, but it is attainable if the various stakeholders can manage to work together to develop and implement appropriate solutions. The following article will be the first of several that address the importance and the benefits of building co-operative partnerships to address companion animal welfare challenges.
AHPPA – Costa Rica
Thriving Together: A New Initiative Combining Conservation and Family Planning Needs
August 1, 2019
Kathryn Lloyd, Programmes & Operations Manager, The Margaret Pyke Trust
On July 11, World Population Day, the Margaret Pyke Trust launched the Thriving Together campaign, supported by over 150 organizations (from United Nations (UN) agencies and large NGOs like The Nature Conservancy to smaller organizations such as WellBeing International). The Trust and its partners are aiming to build a movement “to change global policy to recognize the importance of removing barriers to family planning as an appropriate cause for conservationists to embrace, for the sake of their missions, for the lives of women and children and for a better world.”
How Many Dogs Are in a Particular Place or Region?
July 10, 2019
By Andrew Rowan, DPhil.
The 2019 conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) was held in Orlando at the beginning of July.  One of the talks on dog demographics, prepared by Drs. Harold Herzog and Andrew Rowan, was given by Dr. Harold Herzog and produced a lot of reaction (tweets ranged from “thought provoking” to “remarkable differences in rates of dog ownership”) and questions.  (The charts are taken from the slides Dr. Herzog used for his talk, “Geography, Demography, and Patterns of Pet-Keeping: The Case of Dogs.”)
Over the years, it has always been something of a surprise that so little attention has been given to a better understanding of dog (and cat) demographics in human society. As the Herzog talk illustrates, there is a large variation in the results from different surveys with the reported percentage of households with dogs ranging from 49% to 68%. Typically, whenever a survey publishes its results, people simply quote the numbers uncritically without any understanding of or apparent interest in determining the accurate number of dogs and cats or why the survey results differ so much.
A Quiet Revolution Replacing The Use Of Animals In Research
May 31, 2019
By Andrew Rowan, DPhil.
Great Britain : Animal Experiments & Procedures : 1900-2017
On 16 May (2019), the Sanger Institute outside Cambridge in the UK announced it would be closing its laboratory animal facility in the next few years. It came to this decision “following a rigorous review” of its scientific strategy and after consulting with the Wellcome Trust, one of the major funders of biomedical research in the world today and a very generous supporter of programs at the Sanger Institute. This is a momentous decision, but it is not particularly surprising (except for the timing – earlier than expected) to those of us who have been following the animal research issue over the past thirty years.
IPBES Report
May 2019
Taken from https://www.ipbes.net/news/ipbes-global-assessment-preview
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an intergovernmental (UN) body which assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided to society. It was established by member states in 2012 and its objective is to strengthen the science-policy interface on long-term sustainable development and human well-being. There are currently over 130 member states and a large number of civil society representatives participate in the formal IPBES process as observers.