Natural disasters and “One – Health” Are we prepared? Conclusions of the Conference

Natural disasters, like floods, earthquakes or extreme climate outbreaks, severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe in association with the Latvian Presidency of the European Union and the support of the European Commission organised a conference focusing on preparedness and management of such crisis. About 90 participants actively engaged in the discussions recognising that humans, animals and the environment are interlinked and advocating the imperative of considering ‘One Health’ holistic approach as fundamental part of the whole exercise. Civil protection mechanisms should consider human and animal interactions as major factor in order to enhance preparedness and ensure successful response. 

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Ukraine: Animals in Zoos are suffering of the political crisis

Animals are starving in Ukrainian Zoos since the beginning of the political crisis due to a lack of monney to take care of them.

Ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's private zoo, with over two thousand animals, was abandoned when he fled the country in February. Although the condition of the facility in Kiev is beautiful and modern, the animals are completely without food and there are reports that some of the animals have been stolen by looters 

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Belgium: in 2013, 1,600 pets seized by the Belgium authorities for negligence

This year, the enforcement and control officers of the Welfare Unit of the Belgium Ministry have seized 1,600 companion animals for lack of care and negligence. This represesents a decrease of 25% in comparison with last year's seizures. But last year and the year before, the economical crisis increased the averrage number of seizures.

All the animals seized have been given to animal welfare organisations and offered to adoption.

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