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Asia for Animals Conference 2011

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发表于 2011-7-2 17:28:04 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式

Asia for Animals Conference 2011

Conference Review
Animals Asia is delighted by the success of the Asia for Animals Conference held in Chengdu from 10-14 June 2011, bringing together over 350 animal advocates representing countries across Asia to discuss solutions to animal welfare issues.

The conference started with a bang with a traditional Lion Dance, followed by Animals Asia Founder, Jill Robinson, welcoming the delegates and introducing the conference sponsors.

These sponsors provide the faith and funding and the means to sponsor so many delegates from Asia and across the world.

Powerful words of encouragement from Gil Michaels, President of Animal Guardians, the main conference sponsor, urging delegates to be creative and strong – to think outside the box to get better response and push for more action, to have themselves heard more – set the tone for the dynamic few days that followed.

   


Other sponsors and their representatives who joined Jill to welcome delegates:

Kim Bartlett, President of Animal People, USA

Sharon St Joan, International Consultant and International Editor, Best Friends, USA

Zhou Zunguo (Jeff), China Representative, Compassion in World Farming.

Dr Andrew Rowan, President and CEO of the Humane Society International, USA

Alan Knight OBE, Chief Executive, International Animal Rescue, UK

Grace De Gabriel, Asia Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Paul Littlefair, Senior Manager, International Programmes, RSPCA UK

Sandy McAlister, Executive Director of Hong Kong SPCA

Melissa Brown, China Country Director, World Society for the Protection of Animals

International superstar and Animals Asia Ambassador, Karen Mok, also joined the opening ceremony, which closed with a surprise dog therapy session as the delegates were greeted by the wet noses and wagging tails of our very own Dr Dogs.


Three days of discussions followed with experts providing advice and support on issues such as reducing animal use in scientific teaching, improving the welfare of farm animals and animals in captivity, and providing long term solutions to issues of dog and cat overpopulation and abandonment.

Delegates also discussed solutions to reducing the decline in both terrestrial and marine species globally and programmes incorporating concepts of animal welfare into species conservation.

The conference concluded with a session on Animal Welfare in Education emphasising the critical importance of integrating animal welfare issues into the school and university curriculum and fostering empathy for animals at all stages of education.


   



We were honoured to be joined by members of the China Association of Zoological Gardens to discuss recent directives aimed at ending animal cruelty and neglect in zoos across China, and representatives of the Nanjing Public Security Bureau dog management department to discuss the implementation of humane dog management regulations to help people and animals to live side by side in Nanjing without the need to confiscate and kill large numbers of dogs.

We were also honoured to be joined by academics from the China Agricultural Universities to discuss their work to improve the lives of the many millions of animals being raised for food in China.

The conference provided the perfect platform to reward individuals and organisations for their dedication and commitment to animal welfare issues across Asia through the inaugural "Andrews" awards.




   

   



"The Andrews" honour individuals for their support in both a voluntary and corporate capacity and government initiatives which have proven to improve the welfare of animals. The work of these individuals and organisations provides inspiration and support to the many hundreds of delegates present seeking solutions to similar issues in their own countries.

Following the conference the organising committee will be providing additional "political" support for the campaigns of individual organisations, helping to further their own causes and emphasising the importance of cooperation to provide positive change to benefit the lives of animals across Asia. If you would like to submit information or a proposal, please contact us through this website.

Thank you to all who attended for helping to make the conference a success, for helping to arm your fellow-delegates with the tools to continue and improve by sharing your own experiences. Most of all, thank you for continuing to work so hard to improve the lives of animals across Asia.


David Neale
Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation


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