Position statement of the International Veterinary Students’ Association on the European Citizens’ Initiative “End the Cage Age”

Summary: “End the Cage Age” is a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a total of 1.397.113 validated signatures across Europe. This gives End the Cage Age the third highest ECI signature count on record and makes it the first successful animal welfare related ECI ever to be submitted. The initiative was submitted to the European…

The “not so free” life of Komodo Dragon

A short article by : Rafi Putra Ananta & Matthias Grembler Research & Data Analyst of Standing Committee on Animal Welfare International Veterinary Students Association Introduction Picture 1. A photo of Komodo Dragon blocking a truck (1) Back at the end of 2020, a distressing image of a komodo dragon blocking a truck in a…

Supporting the Human-Animal Bond to Advance Animal Welfare

Article by Serena George, University of Wisconsin-Madison Class of 2023July 10, 2020 The human-animal bond dates back to as many as 15,000 – 40,000 years ago when dogs became the first organism that humans domesticated.1,2 Today, approximately 62% of Americans live with a pet,3 and the American Veterinary Medical Association states, “The veterinarian’s role in…

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…

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…

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,…

Common anxious reactions to loud noises in dogs and how to deal with it

For many dogs, the fireworks that accompany some holidays can make these celebrations a nightmare. It be a very traumatic time of year for many dogs. The loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks are often very frightening for them, which can make your dog stressed and unpredictable, potentially putting their safety at risk. So…

What’s rhino’s ear notching?

Rhino notching is a form of identification. The rhino is tranquilized and during the veterinary procedure a DNA sample is taken and provided to a database for identification. A microchip is inserted into their horn and their ears are notched so that they are readily identifiable to park rangers and caregivers from significant distance. This…