Tuesday, January 1, 2019

One Welfare: animal welfare, human well-being and environmental sustainability

What does One Welfare have to do with donkeys? Quite a bit actually. (You can read more here)

Happy New Year! If 2018 taught us one thing, its that there is much to do to address some of the world’s greatest challenges: improving animal welfare, human well-being and environmental sustainability. It can all seem a bit too hard, but the good news is there are plenty of capable people swimming against the tide and working to facilitate environmental, human and animal flourishing.

“One Welfare” is the term used to describe the interdependent relationships between all of the above. It is based on the premise that we need to address all stakeholders – human, animal and environment – rather than focusing on one or two at the cost of another.

In 2019 the University of Sydney is hosting the Second International One Welfare conference. Keynote speakers include Professor David Fraser, from the University of British Colombia (hear him talk about One Welfare here), Rebeca Garcia Pinillos, founder of One Welfare World (read her book about One Welfare here), and Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer and President of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) (read the OIE's Global Animal Welfare Strategy here).

If you are working in this space, you can submit an abstract for consideration by January 31. For details, check under the “submit an abstract heading” here

Or if you’re just keen to come along and meet others, including veterinarians, in this space, you can register here

Declaration: I am one of the volunteer co-organisers of the One Welfare Conference. I also volunteer with the CVE and present veterinary CPD for them from time to time.