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…

Cows in the digital age: Robotics for better welfare

Introduction  Diana Teixeira is a veterinary student from Portugal. Having been exposed to the world of dairy farming from childhood, Diana’s intimate knowledge of the industry has given her a unique understanding of the ways in which technology can be used to improve farm animal welfare. Diana’s family’s farm first introduced robotics onto their farm…

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…