The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), in collaboration with F & A Engineering Construction Links Limited, recently organised a national stakeholders consultative meeting to advocate for the need to embrace animal welfare during emergencies and disasters in Nigeria to prevent losses.
During the event held in Nasarawa State, the director of veterinary and pests control services/ Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria (CVON) Dr. Musa Inuwa explained that the meeting aimed to create a platform for effective engagement and interaction among relevant stakeholders in implementing policies on animal welfare during emergencies and disaster situations. He added that the meeting would also serve as a medium for creating awareness about good animal welfare practices.
The head of quality assurance and standards division (QAS) of the department of veterinary and pest control services, Dr. Abdulkareem Durosinlorun also stated that the department identified the need to develop a response strategy for animals during emergencies and disasters.
The national president of the Nigerian Veterinary Association, Dr. Oluwatoyin Adetuberu, emphasised that the meeting was important, as animals are often overlooked during emergencies and only humans are rescued. She called on the Federal Government to set up committees that would involve veterinarians and animal health components in rescue and emergency operations.
FMARD has intensified its efforts to introduce global best practices in Nigeria’s animal welfare strategy in line with guidelines and standards provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH). The stakeholders were urged to share their experiences and serve as credible animal welfare ambassadors within the spheres of their activities. The meeting ended with an interactive session by participants.