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The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education aim is to strive towards improving the quality of life for all animals through education, training and by influencing policy at the highest level.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Animal welfare and ethics education to zoo experts
The use of animals in zoos around the world is a source
of concern in some areas. The modern zoo is committed to education,
conservation and research, activities which must be underpinned by robust animal
Recently Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE has contributed to
delivering animal welfare and ethics education to zoo experts from around
Europe at the annual conference of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria,
attended by approximately 700 zoo professionals from around Europe. This is the first
time the animal welfare session at the conference has been led by an
independent academic. In addition Heather presented her ongoing research
examining the gaps in knowledge of zoo animal welfare within the zoo community,
and regional variations in attitudes.
Heather has worked with EAZA on a number of
collaborations including training of Chinese zoo vets to improve welfare
standards, a project funded by Animals Asia. She has also been working with the
European Commission and FVE since 2011 on delivering regional animal welfare
workshops to veterinary practitioners around Europe.
'Zoo animal welfare science is
increasingly important for good zoo animal welfare, the research into this area
at JMICAWE is supporting the development of improved zoo animal welfare
educational initiatives' Heather Bacon