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New IFAW report highlights impact of human conflict upon animals and urges critical policy change
(WASHINGTON, DC, May 09, 2022) — A new report released today examines the profound impact upon all animals of modern-day conflict like wars and civil unrest. IFAW’s (International Fund for Animal Welfare) “Animals, People and War: The Impact of Conflict” report covers the spectrum of companion pets, livestock, zoo animals and wildlife.
The impact of conflict regularly spills over into the natural environment with negative effects on individual animals, entire species and communities, with repercussions that have the potential to reverberate for generations. The report offers a series of recommendations to address the impacts of geopolitical conflicts on animals to better serve them in unexpected times of crisis, and ultimately improve the well-being of human communities as well.
According to Azzedine Downes, CEO of IFAW, “Both animal and human conditions, as well as their fates, are deeply intertwined. Human conflict is tragic and never confined to human society alone. Animals in conflict zones experience the same distress as their human counterparts. While the reduction of human suffering must be prioritized, the impact of conflict on animals must also be recognized and addressed. Ensuring animal well-being by acknowledging the impact of human conflict helps ensure our own fundamental well-being on an individual level as well as a societal one.”
Key findings from the report include:
Key recommendations from the report include:
To read the full report “Animals, People and War: The Impact of Conflict," click here.
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About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare): IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. We are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans, and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we’re up against are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we match fresh thinking with bold action. We partner with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Together, we pioneer new and innovative ways to help all species flourish. See how at ifaw.org.
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