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世界马福利协会CEO Roly Owers:开展合作推进马福利 发布时间:2017-11-03

2017年10月12日,在世界农场动物福利大会上,世界马福利协会CEO RolyOwers先生接受了采访,讲述了他对世界马福利事业的看法。

 

“我由衷地感谢动物福利国际合作委员会组织了这次会议,并集结了如此之多的业界不同领域的演讲嘉宾。我认为这个会议非常重要。我希望大家有激励和热情去办更多这样的会,因为这种会议对于发展动物福利极为重要。在中国,看到动物福利理念被逐步接受非常鼓舞人心,还有像动物福利国际合作委员会这样的组织的工作以及政府支持动物领域有责任的发展。”

 

RolyOwers先生说到:“动物福利关系到每个人。要认识到我们所有人都有责任支持动物福利很重要。好的动物福利会带来很多不同的益处。就拿抗生素这一点来说,如果对动物好点,我们就可以少用抗生素,减少抗生素耐药性,这是全球性的严重的问题,影响数千人的生命。这就是我们为什么要严肃地对待动物福利。这绝对是负责任的良好的动物管理的基石。”

 

作为一个在接近20个国家开展工作的国际非政府组织,世界马福利协会为马匹主人、训练员、监管者和政府提供实践指导和帮助,并支持负责任地使用马科动物,即马、矮种马、驴和骡子,不论是被用于体育竞技、休闲娱乐,或是作为农场动物及役用动物。

 

“世界上有一亿的役用马科动物,其中大多数被用作运输工具。甚至在今天,在21世纪,依然有7.5亿的人依靠役用马科动物维持生计。在世界其他地方,例如中国,马匹休闲娱乐和体育竞技产业在逐步兴起。除此之外,马科动物还被越来越多地用于治疗领域,马和驴子被用于有行为障碍的儿童及那些难以适应主流教育的人们的治疗。所以,在世界上,马被利用的范围在增加。”

 

Roly Owers先生认为:在动物福利问题方面,每个国家都面临挑战,中国也不例外。在所有的行业及用途中,一个最大的词语就是“无知”。“无知”是很大的挑战。“你不能强迫人们改变,人们必须自己做出决定进行改变。如果他们明白原因,那么你将更有可能成功。在中国,有一个暴增的马匹休闲娱乐和体育竞技市场。在任何发展太快的事情上,你必须努力打好基础来支撑这个发展速度。所以,我们在同合作伙伴一道,尝试建立基本的动物福利意识。因为在马的有效饲养和管理方面,动物福利显然是根本。另一个巨大的挑战就是要让政府、国际组织以及决策者认识到役用马科动物依然发挥着重要的作用。”

 

“每个国家都情况不同,中国也不例外。所以,了解每个国家如何运作很重要。但是,我必须说,我们在中国受到了热情的欢迎,而且我们发展的合作伙伴都非常支持我们的工作。我认为,这就是我们可以产生巨大影响的方式,即开展有效的合作。在中国,我们和动物福利国际合作委员会、香港赛马会以及内蒙古农业大学进行合作。我们在试图扩展我们的合作关系以实现我们的工作和影响力的最大化。”

 

 

 

 

Work inPartnerships to Promote Equine Welfare

AnInterview with CEO of World Horse Welfare, Mr. Roly Owers   

 

 

“I’mhugely grateful for ICCAW, for putting on this conference and beingable to draw together such an outstanding number of speakers from differentareas of the sector. I think it’s hugely important. I hope there will be theencouragement and enthusiasm to do more conferences, because I think this typeof event has a really important part to play in developing good welfare. It’svery encouraging to see growing acceptance of animal welfare within China, thework of organizations like ICCAW and the government supporting a responsiblegrowth of the animal sector.”

 

Accordingto Mr. Roly Owers, “Welfare is everyone’s business. It’s really important torecognize that we all have a role to play in supporting good animal welfare.Good animal welfare has many different benefits. I think for no other reasonthan if you treat animal better, we can use less antibiotics, and thereforethere would be less antimicrobial resistance, which is a serious global problemthat could cause many thousands of human lives. That’s why we take animalwelfare seriously. It’s absolutely fundamental to responsible and good animalmanagement.”

 

Asan international NGO that works in nearly twenty countries, World Horse Welfareprovides practical guidance and support for owners, trainers, regulators andgovernments and supports responsible uses of equines, namely horses, ponies,donkeys and mules, whether for sports, for leisure, as a farm animal or as aworking animal.

 

“Thereare a hundred million working equines, many of them used in transport. Eventoday, in the 21st century, around three quarters of a billion people arerelying on working equines for their livelihoods. In other parts of the world,like China, there is a growing leisure and sports sector. Apart from that,equines are increasingly used in areas like therapy, horses and donkeys usedfor human therapy with children with behavior disorders, with people strugglingto fit into mainstream education. So the breadth of horse uses is growingglobally.”

 

Accordingto Mr. Roly Owers, in terms of welfare, every country faces challenges. China isno different. One word that is probably the biggest in all of the sectors andall of the uses is “ignorance”. That’s one big challenge. “You cannot forcechanges on people. People have to make decisions to change for themselves. Ifthey understand why, then you will be far more likely to succeed. In China,there is an exploding sport and leisure market. Like anything that grows veryquickly, you’ve got to work hard to make sure there is a foundation in place tosupport that growth. So we are working with partners to try to establish basicunderstanding of welfare because obviously welfare is a fundamental cornerstoneof effective husbandry and handling. Another huge challenge is to getgovernments, international organizations and policy makers to understand thatworking equines do still have a really important role to play.”

 

“Inevery country, the context is different. That’s certainly the case in China. Soit’s a matter of understanding how each country works. But I have to say, wehave been warmly welcomed in China, and the partners we are developing arehugely supportive of us. I think that’s the way we can have massive impact byworking effectively in partnerships. In China, we work in partnership withICCAW, Hong Kong Jockey Club, also with Inner Mongolia Agricultural University.We are seeking to expand our partnerships so as to maximize our work andinfluence.” 

 

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