Local Chinese animal protectionists at ACTAsia’s 4th annual capacity building workshop in 2009: our force for the future!
We have arranged the low cost, local production of humane trap and transfer cages, to help cat rescue groups improve the effectiveness of their neutering programs. More than fifty sets have been distributed for free to members of our network across China.
When the Changsha shelter was suddenly forced to move to a rundown place, ACTAsia immediately provided funds to ensure basic necessities like water, electricity and fencing. We also sent in a consultant to advise on the layout and management of the shelter to make it as animal-friendly as possible despite the extremely limited resources.
Stray dogs in Taiwan are literally treated like trash. They are caught by the rubbish collection squad and dumped in government pounds where they are left to die. ACTAsia has supported the campaign of the Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan by increasing international pressure to improve conditions for these dogs. Read our website for the promising results so far!
In 2009, we started our vet training program ‘Cure with Care’ together with members of the Australian group Vets Beyond Borders, to improve spay/neuter techniques and related animal welfare issues. Because of the great impact of the program, with a significant increase in the number of sterilization and number of clinics providing free neutering, we will expand it this year in collaboration with the Beijing Agriculture Bureau.
In response to the Hanzhong mass dog culling following cases of human rabies, ACTAsia for Animals organized a forum in Beijing for officials and experts to discuss scientific and humane alternatives to culling for rabies prevention and control in the country. Conference proceedings and our guidelines for humane rabies control were sent to all relevant central and provincial authorities throughout China.
Animals in China are currently outlaws, but hope has arisen now that an animal protection law is being drafted. ACTAsia, with the help of a team of experts, is putting all its efforts into trying to make the law as animal-friendly as possible right from the beginning.
ACTAsia represents ‘Action, Compassion, Together’: we believe that a united Asian animal protection movement can achieve lasting changes by working together for a more compassionate world.
A new generation in China becomes more aware that animals have feelings too. We have provided local animal protection groups with leaflets on animal sentience, neutering and responsible pet ownership, to use at their public education campaigns.
Helping animals by helping people
Throughout Asia both wild and domesticated creatures suffer appalling lives as a result of human ignorance or deliberate cruelty. Thankfully there are some enlightened people who care deeply about animals in these countries, and they work day and night for them. But they are lone voices speaking out against abuse. They lack support from their families, the public, the government and the media. The lack of experience and knowledge on how to fight animal suffering makes it even harder.
ACTAsia recognises that the people dedicating their lives to helping animals—often at great personal and professional sacrifice—are the bedrock on which to build a strong animal protection movement. A movement, we hope, that will one day link up across the whole of Asia.
PIONEERS INTO PROFESSIONALS
ACTAsia helps animal protectionists make a real difference. We suggest realistic ways for improving animal welfare (like how to set up a neutering programme and educate the public on responsible pet ownership). We offer training courses in project management, goal achievement, fundraising, team leadership and how to set up a successful campaign (like how to tackle the barbaric practice of systematically culling dogs). We bring in experts such as vets and shelter professionals to improve skills of different stakeholders and conditions at animal facilities.
THE CHINESE CHALLENGE
We are currently focusing on China, as the animal protection groups there are so new, and the abuse of animals is so widespread. Animals are not protected under Chinese law. Feeding live chickens, cows and goats to large carnivores is common practice in most zoos.
Commercial tiger and bear farms are making a killing, as demand grows for animal parts for human consumption. Foxes, rabbits, mink, cats and dogs are kept in horrendous conditions, beaten to death and skinned alive.
Many western companies are actually ‘exporting’ their animal abuse to China—funding factory farming practices and laboratory experiments on animals that would be illegal in their own countries.
ANIMALS CAN’T SPEAK OUT, SO WE NEED TO SPEAK UP FOR THEM
Animals are the most vulnerable members of society, and cannot speak for themselves. We support the people who give them a voice. Please help us now! For more information about our work, please visit our website at www.actasia.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org