The animal welfare organisations receiving funding from the Agriculture Department have been receiving their invites by email today. Very exciting! To find out about how to participate without an invite check the links on our previous post Animal Welfare Conference Update – 16th May. In the meantime, here’s the main info from the invites:
April 9th 2014
Dear Sir/ Madam
The issue of animal welfare is one that I know is of interest to you and is one where there has been a great deal of focus in recent times. I am particularly interested in this area and in making Ireland a leading example of best practice. Given the recent commencement of the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 I will be holding a Conference on animal welfare and would like to invite you to attend this Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday May 16th. The conference which will commence at 10am will comprise of three sessions:
1. Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013 – The New Regime
2. Horse Welfare In Cork – A Case Study of animal welfare enforcement
3. The Consumer and Animal Welfare – The Interaction and The Interdependence
I would appreciate if you could confirm your attendance …
In my book they were doing really well until they used the word ‘Consumer’ – from Dictionary.com:
1. a person or thing that consumes.
2. Economics . a person or organization that uses a commodity
3. Ecology . an organism, usually an animal, that feeds on plants
or other animals.
Our companion animals being portrayed as products that are ‘consumed’ or ‘used’ is not a good starting point in my book. But this perspective is currently how they are portrayed in the legislation. Hopefully, over the longer term, this will change.