Letter to the Commission on Animals in disaster management and reply

On 06/03/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

At its September 2011 meeting the Animal Welfare Intergroup has debated about animals in disaster situations. James Sawyer from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) illustrated their work on animal protection and disaster management and the documented links between animals and human livelihood and well-being.

With the increase of the frequency of natural disasters, it is expected that more and more people will become victims of such an event. In addition to the human tragedy of a disaster, some 40 to 50 million farm and pet animals per year are directly affected.

The role of animals in disaster situations should not be overlooked either because it can cause additional problems for rescue and evacuation, disease outbreaks, and sheltering and recovery or merely for the potential huge economic impact from loss. Experience has also shown that a high percentage of animal owners refused to evacuate because they could not take their animals with them.

It is therefore essential that animal protection is firmly included in disaster planning and into response mechanisms.

For this reason, the Intergroup has written to Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in charge of international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response to call for an inclusion of animal protection concerns in the upcoming revision of the Civil Protection legislation and in the revision of the Regulation on Humanitarian Aid (see below)

Commissioner Georgieva’s reply to the call of the Intergroup is also available here below:


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