Strategies for Implementing a One Welfare Framework into Emergency Management

Hayley Squance, Carol MacDonald, Carol Stewart, Raj Prasanna, David M Johnston
<span title="2021-11-03">2021</span> <i title="MDPI AG"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Animals</a> </i> &nbsp;
Responding to emergencies requires many different individuals and organisations to work well together under extraordinary circumstances. Unfortunately, the management of animal welfare in emergencies remains largely disconnected from emergency management overall. This is due predominately to professional silos and a failure to understand the importance of human–animal-environment (h-a-e) interdependencies. One Welfare (OW) is a concept with these interrelationships at its core. This paper
more &raquo; ... that by adopting an OW framework it will be possible to achieve a transdisciplinary approach to emergency management in which all stakeholders acknowledge the importance of the h-a-e interdependencies and work to implement a framework to support this. Acknowledging that such a transformational change will not be easy, this paper proposes several strategies to overcome the challenges and optimise the outcomes for animal welfare emergency management (AWEM). These include legislation and policy changes including h-a-e interface interactions as business as usual, improving knowledge through interprofessional education and training, incorporating One Welfare champions, and recognising the role of animals as vital conduits into communities.
<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="">doi:10.3390/ani11113141</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmid:34827873</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmcid:PMC8614288</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">fatcat:ujwlz4xfczaincw4zy5nier4zu</a> </span>
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