10 Years of Pet Night tonight – Helping animals, people and communities

10 Years of Pet Night tonight – Helping animals, people and communities
Wednesday, 12 February, 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Tonight’s European Pet Night marks a decade of raising awareness around pets and the remarkable contributions of animals to our daily life. The event has been a remarkable success over the years attracting steady support from MEPs, NGOs and others. IFAW (www.ifaw.org)will also be onhand to talk about some of the vital work being done to help communities cope with their stray dog issues by implementing a humane management plan. Given the current uproar over story dogs at the Sochi Winter Games it seems much of the world has yet to learn that animal culls are not an effective or human way of dealing with roaming dogs.

IFAW will be speaking about our work with the UNDP in Bosnia.

Roaming dogs in Bosnia had been identified by the UNDP as a serious threat to human security, to livelihoods, to tourism, and to local development and numerous communities requested UNDP’s assistance to find a solution to the problem. As UNDP had no experience in this area but did have a clear mandate to work on the issue as it was identified as a human security threat through our Security Sector.

James Pirnay, IFAW EU Policy Officer, has been involved in the Bosnia project from the beginning and will share his thoughts and experience on how to tackle roaming dogs with the help of threatened communities. This lesson is all the more timely given the uproar at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

“The project goal from is to reduce the risks that roaming dog population present to the people of a given community. By working with a broad range of stakeholders, the project focuses on helping communities develop their own comprehensive programme targeting the causes of the problems these communities are facing and finding interventions to address them,” said Pirnay. 

“All communities have varying perceptions and levels of tolerance for dogs and it is clear that no single intervention that will work for all situations,” he concluded.

IFAW is proud to continue contributing to European Pet Night and looks forward to another 10 years.
IFAW has numerous other projects helping communities with their companion animal challenges. One excellent example is in Puerto Natales, Chile where the local community is collecting a wide variety of data and information so that IFAW and Veterinarians Without Borders Canada (VWB Canada) can help develop a humane, sustainable dog management plan. 

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About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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