African animal welfare groups need more funding, alliances and research, new report says

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Africa-based animal welfare organizations need more financial support, will benefit from alliances with other animal rights groups and more in-depth research localized in the African context, according to a new report. Produced by Defense of animals Africa (AAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of animals and the animal activist movement in the region, the new African landscape research report highlights the main bottlenecks that organizations are still facing. faced and what needs to be done to make lawyers work more effectively in the future.

The recently released African Landscape Research Report interviewed 22 continent-based animal rights groups, 11 individual advocates and 10 experts to better understand their work and identify the main obstacles they face. Undertaken by the AAA, which was born last year as a spin-off program of the South African organization Credence Institute, the report hopes to engage groups across the African continent to collaborate in their efforts to help animals.

Among the list of bottlenecks that organizations face in promoting the best interests of animals is the lack of public awareness, motivated by the prioritization of other societal and economic issues such as poverty, infectious diseases and food insecurity, as well as the perception of animal welfare as a predominantly Eurocentric concept.

Government barriers Also highlighted was the lack of cooperation and high levels of bureaucracy hampering progress in animal welfare policy making, compounded by additional issues of corruption and political instability plaguing some African countries.

Working donkeys received medical treatment from The Donkey Sanctuary in Ethiopia in 2016 (Image: We Animals / J. McArthur)

According to our research, lack of funding is one of the biggest hurdles organizations face, along with a lack of talent or capacity.

Jenna Hiscock, Partnership Development, AAA

The Covid-19 pandemic has also brought additional challenges by making it harder for animal welfare groups to reach communities directly and significantly, hampering progress in public awareness and education.

But perhaps the most important obstacle that all African animal welfare organizations face is the llack of funding, which makes it difficult for groups to conduct so many outreach programs with isolated communities and fuel the logistics behind animal protection and conservation.

Talk to The green queen of the media, Jenna Hiscock, who heads partnership development at AAA, explained: “It is difficult to identify a single obstacle because the movement is complex and linked to many issues. But according to our research, lack of funding is one of the biggest hurdles organizations face, along with a lack of talent or capacity. “

The AAA report says one of the biggest challenges facing animal welfare groups in Africa is funding. (Image: CAAWO)

There is no single solution that can or should be used in the same way for all countries in Africa.

Jenna Hiscock, Partnership Development, AAA

Based on their findings, the African Landscape Research Report also makes several recommendations for the animal welfare movement to have a greater impact in the region. The top priority is to secure more funding for these groups to allow them to continue and expand their work.

He also advises groups to undertake more local search that takes into account the African context, allowing them to identify the right policies that are most effective and sustainable, or where resources should be channeled.

“There is no single solution that can or should be used in the same way for all countries in Africa,” Hiscock explained. “There are specific nuances that must be taken into account. “

Describe the current African animal welfare ecosystem as a ‘Siled movement’, AAA report further states that forming alliances will be a key part of building a united front to increase public support, awareness raising and working together as a united front when it comes to lobbying and working with government authorities to advance animal welfare regulations.

Main image courtesy of AAA.

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