Encouraging Changes from within in Vietnam

Article by Sarah Blake, Projects and Development Manager for Wild Welfare In 2017, before I joined Wild Welfare, I worked with them on a project in Vietnam. Our collaborative goal was to do as much as we possibly could to improve the lives of the animals in one particular zoo. It turned out to be…

Assessing Welfare in Zoos And Aquariums

Article by Georgina Groves, Executive Director Wild Welfare How can we assess how an animal is feeling in zoos and aquariums? It’s hard enough understanding how a human is feeling and we can ask them! Historically, there has been a health-centric approach to welfare management. Health is easier to quantify as the assessment of it…

OIE’s Global Animal Welfare Strategy and Animal Welfare Standards

Perceptions of animal welfare differ from one region to another and between one culture and another, as do and the ways animals contribute to human society. It is for this reason that the World Organisation for Animal Health – OIE‘s work in developing international standards must have a solid scientific basis, must involve wide engagement of…

New IVSA Global Partner: Wild Welfare

SCAW are very excited to announce our new partnership with Wild Welfare. Wild Welfare is the first captive wild animal welfare charity, set up by zoo professionals, that is solely focused on improving welfare standards by uniting leading zoos and animal welfare NGOs around the world. Wild Welfare was founded in 2012, Wild Welfare is a…

Animal Welfare in Education Survey

The IVSA Standing Committee on Animal Welfare is interested in promoting animal welfare teaching in veterinary education. We hope to gain insight from this survey as to how your institution approaches the topic of animal welfare, what topics you consider important and worthy of discussion, and your ideas as to how we can advocate for…

Born to breath: brachycephalic dogs

Selection for brachycephalic phenotypes in dogs is a major risk factor for Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome – BOAS. Most common clinical signs of BOAS are:▫ Dyspnea▫ Exercise intolerance▫ Heat intolerance, and abnormal▫ Increased respiratory noise. Episodes of severe and hyperacute dyspnea can also occur, leading to cyanosis, syncope, and death. Do dog owners perceive the clinical signs related to conformational…

#Plasticpollution is a thing

There’s something we are talking about a lot lately, and it’s about #plasticpollution.  We produce 350 million tonnes of plastic per year, and about 60% of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment. Just 25% was incinerated, and 20% percent recycled. The most polluted environment is the marines one,…

Are Animal Cafés good for Animal Welfare?

Written by Elena Di Lorenzo (SCAW Social Media Manager) and Meg Rawlins (SCAW Chair). Both were delegates of the 67th IVSA Symposium in South Korea . Animal cafés have become a recent phenomenon; appearing in many cities around the globe. According to Wikipedia, the first animal café was established in Taiwan in 1998 with cats…

Vet students and animal welfare

Vet students regarding animal welfare in farmed animals. Elena Nalon is a veterinarian and a passionate advocate for farmed animals. She holds a Ph.D. in pig welfare and is a specialist of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. In this post she analyses a study from Italy, that shows that, already as…

Stereotyped behaviours as animal welfare indicators

Stereotyped behaviours as animal welfare indicators in captive animals.  A stereotypy is a term for a group of phenotypic behaviours that are repetitive, morphologically identical and which possess no obvious goal or function. These behaviours have been defined as ‘abnormal’ as they exhibit themselves solely to animals subjected to barren environments, scheduled or restricted feedings,…