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Challenges and solutions to animal welfare in Asia

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Challenges and solutions to animal welfare in Asia

Wild Welfare was thrilled to join Asia’s biggest animal conference recently.

Georgina Groves, Wild Welfare’s animal welfare consultant, was presenting to delegates at the Asia for Animals Coalition (AfA) virtual conference 2021, which took place online on the 24th and 25th April.

With the theme For a Better Tomorrow, Together, the virtual event kicked off with a keynote speech from Dr Jane Goodall DBE, with hundreds of delegates listening in to hear and share information on how to make a better tomorrow for all animals in Asia.

Georgina spoke on the topic of wild animal welfare in Japan, looking at the challenges faced and some of the solutions to achieving long-term improvements in wildlife care and welfare in the country.

“It was great to have the chance to take part in this event and speak about how we find solutions to some of the wildlife welfare issues faced in Asia,” Georgina said.

“Wild Welfare has worked across the Asia region for nearly ten years – since the charity was first founded – undoubtedly it presents some huge challenges in terms of animal welfare, but progress is being made and by sharing ideas and expertise in a forum such as the AfA conference, we can make even more progress.”

Despite the challenges COVID-19 has presented over the last year or more, the AfA conference pushed ahead as a virtual event, with two days packed full of presentations from experts in the fields of animal welfare, on subjects including animals in tourism, the dog and cat meat trade and live animal markets.

The AfA coalition is comprised of more than 20 global animal welfare organisations that come together to campaign against injustices for animals across the Asia region. The coalition has been holding regular animal welfare conferences in Asia since 2001​.

Wild Welfare has multiple projects across Asia, including in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines, where the charity  pushes forward initiatives focussed on improving animal care and welfare for wild animals living in wildlife facilities.

From its Partner for Animals project, which teams experienced zoo staff from some of the world’s leading zoos, with zoos around the world that are looking for support to improve their animal welfare practices, to projects in Japan that are pushing forward better animal welfare legislation, the charity has an active presence across the Asia region and is making ongoing progress for wild animals living in captivity.


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