Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fighting the Good Fight in Singapore

It is encouraging to see people finally addressing the treatment of animals in Asia. There was a huge meeting this weekend in Singapore to address this very issue. And while the participants did not necessarily focus on animal liberation, this was at least an attempt to address issue of animal welfare and abuse in Asian nations, and hopefully raise a little awareness. The following news item comes from the Malaysian National News Agency Bernama:
SINGAPORE, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- Nearly 400 international animal protection activists gathered here today to discuss concrete long-term solutions for ongoing animal protection and cruelty problems in the Asia region.

The activists representing over 200 organisations from 26 countries, including Malaysia, are participating in the five-day Asia for Animals Conference (AFA) hosted by Singapore's Acres (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues including running effective education outreach programmes, improving the welfare of animals in captivity, providing optimal veterinary care, effective stray animals management, wiping out the wildlife trade, running a sustainable rescue centre and campaigning for change.

Singapore Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng who in his opening address, said the world was now beginning to realise the need to preserve and take care of animals and the importance of their survival to mankind.

He said the European Union had recognised that animals were sentient beings and had started to include animal welfare in its Free Trade Agreement.

The World Organisation for Animal Health recently integrated animal welfare into its strategic priorities and the Doha WTO Agreement on Trade also placed animal welfare firmly on the agenda for future agricultural negotiations, Seah said.

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