Firstly we need to identify where the main, and worst welfare problems lie. With potentially over 10,000 collections, this means there are a lot of institutions to identify, so where to start? Identifying where welfare concerns are in the world, means we can address the problems more effectively and end further suffering in sub-standard collections. Wild Welfare are doing this by creating the first-ever comprehensive animal collection database
This international database aims to provide information on wild animal collections around the world – their geographical status, size, governance and welfare status. Other than providing up-to-date contact information on institutions, the database will yield information on the ownership status, indicating whether it is privately run or managed by the State. It will also captures the socio-economic status of the countries and whether the country abides by animal welfare legislation for captive animals.
The rationale behind inclusion of these parameters is to generate a preliminary mechanism for attempting to identify collections that may represent a welfare problem. For example, a government-owned zoo in a country of low GDP may very possibly have poor welfare standards as a consequence. The completed database with over ten parameters would eventually help us identify sub-standard zoological institutions with poor animal welfare conditions in need of external intervention. Additional parameters are regularly added to the database to further refine the search criteria for substandard zoological institutions.