World Animal Protection, an international organisation, is currently in Sri Lanka meeting with the Government to discuss how animal owners can better prepare themselves for disasters.
The meetings follow a disaster response they launched in late May after floods devastated south-western Sri Lanka.
“We worked with the Department of Animal Health, local animal welfare groups and sent a team of veterinarians to deliver medical treatment and food aid for animals affected by the disaster. Protecting animals in disasters protects people. Whether they are a source of livelihood, income or companions, animals are an integral part of human communities,” World Animal Protection said.
World Animal Protection has saved over seven million animals in disasters over the last 50 years. World Animal Protection is the leading global authority on the issue. They work with people, communities and governments to prepare for disasters and protect their animals in times of crisis.
“One billion of the world’s poorest people depend on animals for food, transport and their livelihoods. Protecting animals helps people rebuild their lives following a disaster. In 2015, the world came together and signed the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. For the first time, livestock were recognised as critical assets that must be protected and reported on in disasters,” World Animal Protection said.
Sri Lanka has indicated 2018 will be the year they seriously consider and implement the Sendai indicators, including Indicator C-3: “Direct economic loss to all other damaged or destroyed productive assets attributed to disasters.”
World Animal Protection says animal owners, whether livestock farmers or pet owners can help by encouraging the government to develop plans to prepare and protect animals in disasters. (Colombo Gazette)