WVA policies: Animal Welfare

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18 Apr 2024

Factsheet on Donkey Skin Trade and Welfare of Donkeys

Demand for ejiao is increasing, leading to global trade and poaching of donkeys. Almost 6 million skins currently being harvested annually to be used to produce collagen for a  traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), called eijiao. The rampant killing of donkeys for the skin trade leads to the impoverishment of local communities, loss of opportunities for women, and impairs access to education for children, water provision and agricultural sustainability. The global donkey population stands at~53.4million. The donkey population in China alone has decreased from ~11 million in 1992 to just under 2 million in 2020 (FAOSTAT,2021). 

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28 Feb 2024

WVA Position Statement on the Protection of Animals During Disasters and Armed Conflict

The WVA considers that there is an urgent need for national preparedness plans and coordinated international veterinary relief geared towards support of animals, as well as consideration of protections of ecosystems and habitats during armed conflict and natural disasters.

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28 Feb 2024

WVA Position Statement on Position Statement on Control of Inappropriately Aggressive Dogs

The WVA recognizes that inappropriately aggressive dogs may pose a significant threat to humans and other animals and calls for education, community involvement, owner responsability and appropriate legislation.

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31 Jan 2024

Factsheet on Working Equids Welfare

There are over 116 million working equids and they support over 600 million people worldwide.  Despite the development of global standards, many working equids still experience poor welfare.

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20 Jan 2023

WVA Position Statement on Pain Management in Farmed Animals

Appropriate pain recognition and management is critical for improving the welfare of farmed animals. The WVA calls on its members to advocate for better protections for farmed animal welfare in their country or region.

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20 Jan 2023

WVA Position Statement on the Humane Care of Animals in Biomedical Research

Humane Care of Animal Used in Biomedical Reserarch

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14 Apr 2022

WVA Position Statement on Depopulation of Animals in Disasters and Emergencies

Recent events have shown that pandemics, disasters, notifiable disease outbreaks, and other emergencies, which are capable of disrupting supply chains,  may require animal depopulation. Planning for situations that necessitate depopulation of animals should be part of disaster preparedness at local, regional, national, and international levels.

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14 Apr 2022

WVA Position Statement on the Use of Horses for Production of Biologics and Therapeutics

Horses are often used in the production of biologics and therapeutics to treat or prevent various conditions in humans and other animals. The welfare of all animals under human care should have the highest priority. For that reason, the WVA calls for updated and transparent management of the overall field, in which ethical and welfare […]

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17 Dec 2021

WVA Factsheet on Brachycephaly in Dogs

Flat faced’ dogs such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs have become very fashionable in recent years. Many people buy these dogs because they think they look cute.

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12 Sep 2019

WVA Factsheet on Animal Welfare in Farmed Fish Production – Rev 1

Promote development and enforcement of appropriate national welfare standards and regulations for farmed fish as well as veterinary training in aquatic medicine.

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