Creating long-term positive changes in animal welfare and wildlife management
By Jude Toyat
ANIMAL LOVERS, ADVOCATES AND EXPERTS will be descending on Kuching come October 6 – 10 for the Asia for Animals Conference Borneo 2015 (AfA Borneo 2015) hosted by the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
The conference themed ‘Partnerships Breed Success’ is set to take place at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and will feature a diverse selection of plenaries, symposia and conference sessions that span the entire range of animal welfare and wildlife management.
“AfA Borneo 2015 will be the perfect platform for delegates across the Asia-Pacific to gather to facilitate long-term positive changes in the field of animal welfare and wildlife management,” said organising chairperson Rebecca D’Cruz, the conference at a press conference held here on May 25.
The line-up of keynote speakers at the conference include the fifth Earl of Cranbrook Datuk Sri Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, The Dorsal Effect founder Kathy Xu, Blue Paw Trust external liaison manager Dr Ganga de Silva, Amy Dunstone from the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), and the Director of Animal Welfare for Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand Dr Katherine Polak.
Seven conference themes to be discussed include ‘Animals in the Wild (Aquatic and Terrestrial)’, ‘Domestic Animals (Pets and Farms)’, ‘Managing Strays’, ‘Animal Care (Veterinary Care)’, ‘Animal Care (Rescue and Rehabilitation)’, ‘Animals in Captivity’, and ‘Animals in Trade’.
“Currently, we are still accepting abstracts from interested individuals or groups,” she added.
Those interested to submit their abstracts can do so by sending them an email at [email protected] They can also be contacted at 082-250400 (Hannah or Alicia).
AfA Borneo 2015 is a good platform for delegates to network, exchange ideas and build lasting collaborations as they will be able to share their knowledge and experience towards shaping a better future for animals and wildlife including those in Borneo.
“By sharing experiences, information and technology, delegates are therefore able to develop practical and viable strategies to address the key challenges related to animal welfare and wildlife management particularly in developing countries,” Rebecca added.
Meanwhile, as part of the convention’s CSR programme, delegates will also participate in volunteer activities at several locations including Matang Wildlife Centre, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, and the SSPCA Animal Shelter.
Also attending the press conference were Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) operations director Gary Pinchen, SSPCA president Dona Drury Wee, and Martinna Tennyson assistant sales manager of M Hotels as the official hotel sponsor.