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Animal Welfare In Argentina


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Presentation at WSPA's Meeting: "Animals 2000", June 13th. 2000, London UK

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Animal Welfare In Argentina

  1. 1. ANIMAL WELFARE in ARGENTINA Prof. Leopoldo Estol V.M.D. Dean, Veterinary School Universidad del Salvador
  2. 2. Law about AW <ul><li>“ Animal Protection Law” 14.346 of the year 1954, against the cruelty to animals </li></ul>
  3. 3. Main sources <ul><li>Individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Associations (N. G. O.) </li></ul><ul><li>Official. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. N. G. Associations <ul><li>Arg. Asstn. for the Protection of Animals (Sarmiento). </li></ul><ul><li>Arg. Mov. for the Protection of Animals (MAPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Asstn. for Defender Animal Rights (ADDA). </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of Animals. </li></ul>
  5. 5. AW & Ethic <ul><li>Concern for AW is considering by increasing numbers of people to be a new but logical step in the evolution of human ethics. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ethical Aspects of AW <ul><li>Animal can suffer. </li></ul><ul><li>Their suffering may be innecesary in some circunstances. </li></ul><ul><li>They are wort of moral concern. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Official (state level) <ul><li>National & international: Argentinean Secretariat of Agricultural, Fisheries and Food, National Services of Animal Health (SENASA). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why we need AW research: <ul><li>The research contributes to the standardisation of methods for the monitoring and evaluation of livestock welfare and the implementation of welfare standards in housing and husbandry. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Veterinarian’s role. <ul><li>“ Animal Health is an expression of Animal Welfare. The Veterinary Profession is the one providing health to animals. Therefore, is the only authotativilly can speak about Animal Welfare” Apostolos Rantslos. President. World Veterinary Association, Sept. 7, 1998. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Official (professional level) <ul><li>National Argentinean Federation of Veterinarians (FEVA). </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Council of Veterinarians. </li></ul><ul><li>State Council of Veterinarians. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Academic <ul><li>University of “Del Salvador” (USAL). Veterinary School, Animal Welfare Chair. </li></ul><ul><li>Buenos Aires University (UBA), Veterinary School, Animal Behaviour Course. </li></ul><ul><li>Association of Zoo-psiquiatry. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lectures <ul><li>Human- Companion Animal Bond. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsable pet ownership. </li></ul><ul><li>Animal welfare. </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Behaviour. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Future targets <ul><li>Legislative levels. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professionals association's. </li></ul><ul><li>School. </li></ul><ul><li>University. </li></ul><ul><li>Media. </li></ul><ul><li>NGO </li></ul>
  14. 14. My goal for Argentina: <ul><li>The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mohandas Gandhi </li></ul><ul><li>(1869-1948) </li></ul>