Here's what's new!
Since our last bulletin, we have said goodbye to Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator Craig, and welcomed Thanh to the role (see Network Info).
We've hosted a very succesful online conference, a macaque-specific workshop which was also a great success, and released the AfA SMACC report which has received a good deal of international coverage (see News).
See below for Action Points and information on our working groups, which we encourage you to join.
Please also remember that you can access resources and animal advocacy job listings on our website HERE
SUPPORT AfA APPEALS
ACTION POINT - APPEALS
Sarah coordinates AfA, covering all our groups, and liaises with our network.
Brooke coordinates the AfA, the Macaque Coalition, and SMAC Coalition.
Thanh coordinates the AfA Farm Animal Coalition.
Iain helps to coordinate the AfA SMAC Coalition and its volunteer researchers, and helps with our social media.
WHO IS WHO?
AfA letter re: cosmetics testing ban in ASEAN
Appealing to to ASEAN in support of a ban on the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients tested on animals.
Deadline to sign on - 17 September 2021, 12pm UK time
Remember all of our appeals are publicly available by visiting our appeal letters page.
VISIT OUR DISCUSSION FORUM
We've re-vamped the AfA Forum! Lately, we have received several requests to circulate information to the network, and so we thought it would be a good idea to remind all of you about this great resource.
The forum categories have recently been simplified, and we urge all of you to make use of it. The more it's used, the more useful it becomes!
If you have not yet registered to access the private area of our website, just click on "Private Members' Area Login" at the top right of the page. Once we have reviewed and approved your request, the same button will allow you to log into the private area where you will be able to access the Forum and other resources.
ACTION POINT - IVORY TRADE CONSULTATION (CANADA)
Elephanatics and the Ivory-Free Canada Coalition are thrilled to announce that the Canadian government has launched a public consultation on trade controls on elephant ivory.
This is a direct result of conversations that Humane Society International/Canada and Elephanatics have had with the office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson. Federal governments regularly conduct online public consultations on various issues and invite the public to respond. In 2017, the UK government released an ivory public consultation, and just four months later, they announced “the toughest ivory ban in the world”.
The Canadian ivory consultation ends September 23, 2021 and residents of any country can participate. You can help bring about a favorable outcome for elephants in less than 10 seconds, via the first button below.
DEADLINE 22 SEPTEMBER
ACTION POINT - JOIN THE DISCUSSION FORUM
ACTION POINT - JOIN A WORKING GROUP
JOIN AN AfA GROUP
We coordinate a number of working groups which we encourage relevant organisations to join.
Ethical Elephant Coalition
Farm Animals Coalition
Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC)
Regional groups: Cambodia; China (PRC); India; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Pakistan; Phillippines; South Korea; Thailand; Vietnam
Regional groups are sporadically active, depending on the current situation in each region.
ASIA FARM ANIMAL DAY
MACAQUE COALITION WORKSHOP
This year's Farm Animal Day event is scheduled for Sunday, 10 October. Learn more by clicking the button below.
Following a really successful inaugural event in July, the second macaque workshop is scheduled for Friday, 10 December. Watch the website for further details!
The AfA Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC) report on online cruelty content was released in late August. The report's findings were shocking, and garnered interest from news outlets large and small from all over the world, including The Independent, the Times of India, and Vice World News. A live list of coverage can be found HERE.
Facebook and TikTok have both reached out to us following the release of the report. YouTube has not. We hope to establish a productive dialogue with all platforms about how they can do better and how we can help them.
NEWS - SMACC REPORT ATTRACTS GLOBAL ATTENTION
A RESOURCE FOR YOUR SUPPORTER CARE TEAM
We know that many of your supporter care teams are constantly faced with difficult-to-address questions about animal cruelty content on social media. As AfA Members, you can refer such queries directly to our advice page and our public reporting page. We will continue to collect information about online cruelty content and provide it to the relevant platforms or organisations on an ongoing basis.
Animal advocacy groups must unite in the face of animal suffering across Asia and around the world!
We need to reach out and ask more organisations to join us. Please help spread the word by sharing our news and social media posts, and encouraging other organisations to join the Asia for Animals Coalition network.
UNITE THE MOVEMENT
Thank you for working with the AfA Coalition, and for all you do for the animals.