Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Asia for Animals conference

14 October 2015

Categories: Homepage News, Sri Lanka News, Wildlife Trade News, Big Cats Campaign News, Zoo Check Campaign News

As many of you will know, the Born Free Foundation has an important and increasing role in Asia, including our projects to support the protection of orphaned elephants and prevent human-wildlife conflict in Sri Lanka, our rescue centre for tigers and our key role in tiger conservation in India, and our global captivity and wildlife trade programmes.

Born Free’s Chris Draper and Anna Wade recently attended the international Asia for Animals conference in Borneo. This annual conference brings together NGOs large and small to explore issues relating to animal welfare and conservation in Asia, to allow the exchange of ideas and increased cooperation. We have been proud to attend in previous years and we were delighted to reconnect with old colleagues and learn about a wide range of new projects. Of particular note is the ongoing work from our friends at International Animal Rescue on the rescue and rehabilitation of slow loris in Indonesia, and the huge problem of wildlife trade across the Asian region, which threatens animal welfare and species conservation alike.

Chris presented an introduction to Compassionate Conservation in Asia, outlining Born Free’s initiative to more closely integrate animal welfare in conservation practice; and also gave an overview of the problems and pitfalls of relying on inspection, standards and zoo associations such as WAZA to safeguard animal welfare in zoos.

It is encouraging to learn that there are some deeply committed and capable people and organisations working, like us, to stamp out the wildlife trade and end the keeping of wild animals in captivity in Asia, and we look forward to working more closely with new colleagues in the future.

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