All Beings Deserve a Decent Quality Life
All Creatures Animal Welfare League
Finding ways to compassionately and practically coexist is vital if we are to reduce harm to animals.
To the average person, animal welfare and conservation are often viewed as different issues. Animal welfare is very much linked to domestic while conservation is strictly associated with wild animals. All Creatures, like many other authorities is committed to forestalling the mixed success narrative of conservation on biodiversity, especially wildlife, with the all-powerful advancement of compassionate conservation.
Like has been demonstrated in domestic animals, populations of wild animals are not homogenous, abstract entities as seemingly portrayed by wildlife managers, but comprise unique individuals – in the case of sentient animals, each with its own desires and needs and a capacity to suffer.
Compassionate conservation represents a multi-disciplinary approach to bring the practices and sciences of animal welfare and conservation biology closer together. However, it is becoming clear that knowledge and techniques from animal welfare science can inform and refine conservation practice, and that consideration of animal welfare in a conservation context can lead to better conservation outcomes, while engendering increased stakeholder support.
Wild animals face an increasing number of threats that include, human wildlife conflicts, poaching, habitat degeneration, international illegal markets and many others, some of which maybe veiled as supportive to conservation like wildlife tourism, habituation, research etc. This has a large impact on the lives of individual animals and their natural social groups and suffer or killed to serve human desires without due consideration of their interests or intrinsic value.
Traditional conservation efforts in setting aside protected areas are insufficient to preserve nature on their own. Finding ways to compassionately and practically share space (coexistence), via trade-offs among different values, is vital if we are to reduce harm to animals. We offer some basic but crucial veterinary and extension services to communities living in areas with high biodiversity significance due to financial constraints. The support towards their livestock provide the essential animal protein and reduces the dependency on game meat. This raises the well being of the individual animals which underpins the primitive motive of raising community empathy for wild animals through appreciating the sentient nature of their own domestic animals. Therefore beyond conserving wildlife for economic benefits like foreign exchange from tourism, we also need to develop the empathy to protect animals for their intrinsic value.