Be the Voice of the Voiceless
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
What kind of lives do animals lead in your country? Have you seen animals suffer in your country, city, town or even street? Are you lucky enough to see animals living happy, beautiful lives around you? We need you to tell us the stories of the animals in your area. We want to build a network of animal lovers, who can help us understand how animals live in different regions.
Global Voices is a new project, the goal of which is to amplify the voices of those working to improve animal welfare. You will be our local experts, you will introduce us to the challenges animals face in your area.
We want to interview people from all over the world. We welcome people from all cultures and backgrounds. You don’t need to be an IVSA member to participate.
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” –Margeret J Wheatley.
Great journeys start with a single step. In our case, we want to start sharing local knowledge on a global scale. We will send you a short, general list of questions. Please answer them to the best of your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask other people in your community to help you.
You don’t need to speak English perfectly. You also don’t need to be an expert on the subject. We are interested in you, the person, and your experience of animal welfare. Your story and your voice will be the focus of our first conversation.
So, for example, you are interested in talking about the lives of street dogs in your hometown. After our first conversation we may invite you to be part of a Global Voices team, who will write a report about how street dogs and cats live around the world. In this way we will get a clearer, more comprehensive picture of how they are treated by the different communities they interact with. We will also explore what people have done to help in different countries. In this way we will start to see the bigger picture; are there spay and neuter programmes run by NGOs or governments that really helped to control the population? Are there feeders on each street who get to know and care about the animals? Does this make the street animal population healthier?
We want you to feel part of a global team. We will work together to help animals all around the world by sharing your insights and local expertise. Your work will be seen by people with just as much passion as you.
Talking About Today, Thinking About Tomorrow
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”- Albert Einstein
We want to prepare IVSA members, veterinarians generally and all animal lovers for a future that is kinder to animals. To do this we must learn from animal welfare disasters like the spread of African Swine Fever, the cull of mink in Denmark etc. By studying these events we can identify what mistakes we must avoid to protect animals in the future.
Some of the topics we are interested in;
- Industrial Agriculture
- Aquaculture -Fish Welfare
- Laboratory Animals- Reductions & Replacement
- Religious & Ritual Slaughter
- Animal Welfare in Zoos & Aquariums
- Humane Slaughter- What does it mean for animals?
- Companion animals- how can we help our pets lead happy, healthy lives?
- Poaching & Wildlife Conservation
- Street dog & cat populations
If you would like to be part of this project, please contact us at;
Please put “Global Voices” as the Subject of your email. We are so excited to hear from you!