Rabies has been around for over 4,000 years, and has one of the highest fatality rates of any disease – it is almost always fatal. Nowadays, it is entirely preventable with modern vaccines and, by rights, it should be consigned to the history books. However, rabies is still at large and causing terrible suffering, mostly in marginalised and impoverished communities.
WAN’s Janice Cox has just played a part in helping to shape the first Regional Animal Welfare Strategy (RAWS) covering Africa. Every continent but Africa has now agreed on a RAWS, leaving Africa lagging behind. However, the process is now off to a start, thanks to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an African Regional Economic Community (REC) representing eight eastern African countries including the horn of Africa. IGAD is now the first REC in Africa to validate a RAWS.
Each year worldwide millions of farm animals are transported on harsh long journeys taking them to slaughterhouses or for fattening.
This year’s General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) covered two issues chosen by OIE Delegates from suggestions put forward by different OIE regions. One issue was the costs of animal diseases, and the other was antimicrobial resistance.
At the end of May I attended the OIE’s 2016 General Session on behalf of WAN, which was one of a number of international animal protection organisations representing the International Coalition for Animal Welfare (ICFAW).
At World Animal Net, one of the most frequent emails we get comes from people traveling abroad who have encountered stray dogs and are concerned for their welfare. High profile cases of abuse of stray dogs by municipal and country governments have made headlines in past years from Romania, Russia, and Brazil, to name just a few. And in India, the problem of dog-mediated rabies has reached such a fever pitch that killing stray dogs is again being considered, though the country banned the practice in 2001.
At World Animal Net, we're pleased to partner with BuscaFuska to help them reach animal shelters across the world, making it easier for these shelters to find forever homes for the animals in their care. Below is a message from BuscaFuska's founder, Antonio Exsome, about their new expansion.