Animal Welfare Week Events and Issues


Malaysia (Selangor)

IVSA x OneHealth Rabies Awareness Program in at University Malaysia Sarawak in Kuching, Sarawak (28.02.2019-03.03.2019) 

Plastic Awareness Week (08.04.2019 – 12.04.2019) – lectures, documentary hours, sales of plastic alternatives such as reusable straws, bags, utensils etc., beach cleanup 

Enrichment for Captive Animals Workshop – Details TBA

Poland (Warsaw)

EDinVe - Ethical Dilemmas in Veterinary Education conference

March 29th-31st 2019, WULS 

The conference will be held in English
stay tuned for the details, they will be posted soon - wait for this year's list of speakers!

We are starting preparation for next edition of our conference.

IVSA Warsaw’s main goal during the EDinVE Conference is to spread awareness, educate and encourage students and others to deepen their knowledge considering ethics in veterinary medicine. We hope to provoke a discussion that will lead to improvement in the field of veterinary ethics, which in turn will influence a better understanding of the veterinarian’s role in safeguarding the wellbeing of patients and advocacy for animals.


Online signing of petitions for animal welfare issues via: Wtg and vets united routinely organise seminars and symposiums. World animal protection organises annual conference addressing an a particular animal welfare issue.



We have the Canadian Federation of Humane Socities National Animal Welfare Conference being held in Montreal this year in April 2019. 

We have an Animal Welfare in Practice Conference being hosted by the Atlantic Veterinary College in September 2019. 

Companion Animal Behaviour with Dr. Karen Overall: AVC Winter Webinars February/March 2019 

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College warmly invites veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary and AHT students to join us for three hours of CE with Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB. Dr. Overall, author of the texts Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals and Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, will provide key, practical information to prevent and address behaviour problems. 

The webinars:

Tuesday February 12, 2019; 4:00-5:00 pm AST : Behavioural and welfare concerns for rescued dogs 

Tuesday February 26, 2019; 4:00-5:00 pm AST:  What do we know about common aggressions in dogs and cats 

Tuesday March 12, 2019; 4:00-5:00 pm ADT : Emergent data in behavioural medicine: 10 findings that will change the way you think and practice 

$30 each or $75 for 3. There is no charge for veterinary or AHT students. *Please note: The webinars will be live at 4:00–5:00 Atlantic time, but registrants may also view the webinars at their convenience, via a link. All veterinarians and veterinary technicians will receive credit for one hour of continuing veterinary medical education (CVME) per lecture (RACE approved).

*Please note: The webinars will be live at 4:00–5:00 Atlantic time, but registrants may also view the webinars at their convenience, via a link. All veterinarians and veterinary technicians will receive credit for one hour of continuing veterinary medical education (CVME) per lecture (RACE approved).


Malaysia (Selangor)

Insufficient awareness and training regarding welfare and proper animal handing among farm workers and animal handlers

Concerns over deforestation in Borneo for palm oil plantations

Poaching and smuggling of wild animals for the pet trade, as well as for meat and parts

Stray animal welfare – lack of awareness on efficient ways to control stray populations and curb the Rabies outbreaks we are facing in certain parts of Malaysia 

Lack of awareness on how to report or help sick or injured animals found by the public

Shark finning

Plastic overuse and pollution 

Lack of awareness regarding responsible pet ownership, the need for vaccines and treatment for their animals

Isolated cases of abuse, neglect and kidnapping



The most important issues regarding animal welfare is to provide the protection to street dogs. As Nepal is developing country, the management of street animals is lacking behind. Moreover, people are also unware of animals right. The utmost thing to achieve in my region is to make better place for animals to live in. From the shelter to food to medication, non of the facilities are available which makes the condition of animal worst. Therefore, there are lots of animal welfare issues to be dealt with.  


1st burning issue is street cows(mostly unweaned bull calves).They are abandoned in busy and terrifying streets ;wandering here and there and face many problems like accidents, malnutrition, thirst , poisoning,etc. 2nd one is street dogs.Even in my colz area, there are lots of dogs which are suffering from different diseases,malnutrition,etc.

Bangladesh (Sylhet)

Awareness among the people, they are not conscious about animal welfare,they are too mope about animal welfare.


Greece (Thessaly)

Productive animal welfare is not taken under much consideration here. Also there is the problem with the many stray animals that live in the streets and countryside.


Nigeria (Bovemsa)

Food animals, stray dogs and cats


Caribbean (Saint Kitts en Nevis)

We have lots of roaming animals without proper shelter, food, and care. They do not receive the appropriate preventatives for the area. We are restricted with what we can do because most animals are owned but they are left to fend for themselves. When trying to help we have to call the government to find out if the animal is owned before you can do anything.


Egypt (Cairo)

Killing stray dogs 

Lack of vetrienary medical care specially in villages 

There is nearly no awareness of - animal welfare importance




Fur farms - Poland is one of the biggest fur producers in Europe. Polish government decided to stop pushing for the fur farming ban - despite earlier plans to include this in a new legislation.

Protection of animals against the cruelty in abattoirs - lack of education and resources to provide a defined, basic animal welfare standards.

"rural dogs" - chained up, without access to fresh water, proper food, medical care. Especially in economically- challenged areas.


Overcrowded animal shelters, wild cats on the streets, no-neutering mentality, poor welfare of fur animals conditions.


Brasil (UFLA)

The use of cages in laying hens, and in sows in gestation. The slaughter houses are fine, but the way that the cattle is produced until they come to the slaughter is terrible, specially the handling. The use of antibiotics in the production system. The use of ocitocin in dairy cattle. The destination of the male calves in dairy farms. The welfare of the fishes in general. The welfare of the cats and dogs that lives in the streets.



Stray dogs and cats, uncontrolled dog population 

Use of animals such as pigs in political demonstrations by people 

Inhumane killing of stray dogs



Currently, there is an issue with mange in foxes on Prince Edward Island, Canada. There is a lack of resources from the Atlantic Veterinary College and the Fisheries & Wildlife Department and not enough foxes are getting the treatment they need. The public has taken matters into their own hands and started treating the foxes on their own with Ivermectin, which is kind but may have some negative implications. Another animal welfare issue that has been brought up is how Greyhound racing has been banned in the state of Florida (USA). Many people are happy about this because of the victory it has on animal welfare but many people are not happy, saying that the dogs are not mistreated and the industry should be regulated better rather than completely shut down. Canada is currently in the process of banning zoos and aquariums from keeping cetaceans in captivity. Declawing procedures in domestic cats are being banned province by province, state by state in North America. Many cities in the USA as well as about 50% of Canadian provinces have banned the procedure. Tail docking as well as ear cropping in dogs has also been slowly banned region by region.


The Netherlands

In our country the litter size of piglets is enormous, which causes major health and welfare problems. 

The pig stables contain many pigs, there have been a lot of stable fires. In these fires, a lot of pigs were killed or wounded (and euthanized) 

Horses at riding schools are kept in stables and they are sometimes not allowed to go in the pasture.

In cats and dogs there are a lot of breed related problems(like brachycephalic dogs, a lot of dogs with hip and elbow problems)



Fur animal production, lack of information and concerns about basic animal welfare concern and ethics (like brachiocephalic dog syndrome).



Non-stun slaughter, neglect of pets, obesity, abandoning pets, dog fighting.


Morocco (Rabat-Salé)

One of the most important aspects of Animal Welfare in Morocco is the treatment of working animals, and the treatment of street animals. There is a huge stigma regarding the latter as many people do not respect animals or they are so uninformed that they take wrong actions out of fear or lack of understanding. What makes the matter worse is that I feel Vet Students are rather unequipped or unsufficiently made aware of the importance of this notion, and it has become something of a blurred notion, which is very sad and needs to be changed.

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