ANIMAL WELFARE PROMOTION

Training of Trainers

Animal welfare is a complex subject with multiple aspects with scientific, ethical, economic, cultural, social, religious and political points of view. Animal welfare is not a new concept in Rwanda and globally. However, its implementation in Rwanda and many other countries is not well reinforced and therefore affect animal production and production quality as well.

Welfare of terrestrial animals works under five freedoms which reflect society expectations for the condition that animals live under human control.

Those five freedoms are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst;
  2. Freedom from discomfort;
  3. Freedom from pain, injury and diseases;
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior;
  5. Freedom from fear and distress.

Based on those freedoms, animals in Rwanda are facing most of those problems where most of them does not have access to standard veterinary services when they are sick. Animal welfare is also disobeyed in animal transportation to slaughter house. They are mistreated, injured intentionally, etc; just because they are going to be slaughtered; this not only impact the life of animals but also animal products quality.

The improvement and alleviation of welfare issue need a tremendous effort in policy implementation among the partnering stakeholders. It is for this reason therefore that New Vision Veterinary Hospital in Partnership with welttierschutz-stiftung(WTS)and Rwanda Council of Veterinary Doctors through Rwanda Dairy Development Project they are organizing an intensive training of public veterinarians (DAROs and SAROs) where they will learn deeply how to treat and raise animals as far as animal welfare is concerned. This team will further train their fellow private veterinarians and vet technicians on animal welfare policies implementation.

This training of trainers will be conducted in 13 districts of the country as preliminary/pilots areas and with time the whole country will be covered.

Topics to cover:

  • Introduction to animal welfare
  • Clinical examination and humane handling
  • Infections transmission and hygiene measures
  • Responsible use of antibiotics
  • Vaccinations
  • Animal transportation

It is expected that there will be no more inhumane animal handling, mistreatment during transportation and slaughtering process, and as results the production and animal product quality will be improved. All concerned partners/stakeholders are called upon to join this initiative for better outcome/results.

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