Bulletin: 23rd April 2021
AfA IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
We've made some changes! Our network is developing, and so our organisations now have the option to join different working and regional groups. See our action points section for more on this.
The Asia for Animals Conference: This is one of the most important events in the Asian animal welfare world! We want you to join us at this year's exciting virtual event, which will be unlike the average zoom event or webinar.
Don't forgot our forum! You can access our AfA discussion forum by logging in using your credentials: https://www.asiaforanimals.com/account/private-area-home
In the forum there various discussion threads on regions, issues and also a jobs board where all jobs we are sent can be shared. WAP have currently advertised a post for International External Affairs Manager role - Thailand/Indonesia details HERE.
Please also remember we share Animal Advocacy Careers jobs on our resources portal seen HERE
SUPPORT AfA APPEALS
Please visit the section below to select which groups your organisation wishes to be a member of. It is encouraged, but not required, that organisations first join the free AfA network via this form.
Sarah coordinates AfA covering all our groups and liaises with our network.
Brooke coordinates AfA and the Macaque Coalition and SMAC Coalition.
Craig coordinates AfA and the Farm Animal Coalition and does all of our social media and news.
Iain coordinates our SMACC volunteer researchers and assists with coordination of the group.
WHO IS WHO?
AfA letter re Stray dog population control (Pakistan)
Appealing to government officials to implement humane and effective vaccination and population control measures
Deadline to sign on - 27 April 2021 UK time 12pm
Remember all of our appeals are publicly available by visiting our appeal letters page.
JOIN A WORKING GROUP
We thought we would update you on who the AfA coordinators are and how to get in touch!
Please refer to the emails we have sent you for further details on our appeals. We're currently collecting support for:
AfA response re Makro Thailand adopting a cage-free policy (THAILAND) We have sent an follow up appeal on this issue in partnership with Sinergia Animal.
We now have a number of subgroups for the relevant organisations to join:
Ethical Elephant Coalition
Farm Animals Coalition
Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (SMACC)
Regional group Cambodia
Regional group China (PRC)
Regional group India
Regional group Indonesia
Regional group Japan
Regional group Malaysia
Regional group Pakistan
Regional group Philippines
Regional group South Korea
Regional group Thailand
Regional group Vietnam
Our organisational structure has changed along with recent developments. Click to expand the structural chart above.
Supporting organisations are now known as 'NETWORK ORGANISATIONS'
Our 22 members are now known as
'CORE MEMBER ORGANISATIONS'
Network Organisations can apply to join any of our regional groups
Relevant Non-Network Organisations can apply to join our working groups, although we encourage all to join the Network
click to expand:
Each organisation on our network has a least one main contact (previously called primary contact) who will classed as the 'member' contact of the group they are in.
Any other contacts (previously called secondary contacts) will now be classed as associate contacts of the group they are in.
JOIN AN AfA GROUP
eg: OrgX is a Network Organisation. Kiko is their member contact and Kim, Kala and Komi are their associate contacts.
Asia for Animals Virtual 3D Conference 2021
For A Better Tomorrow, Together
The Asia for Animals Macaque Coalition, which has been in development since last year, was launched in March. The working group is headed by five core groups: Action for Primates; Animals Asia Foundation; Born Free Foundation; International Animal Rescue; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hong Kong.
There is a growing awareness of farm animal welfare issues in Asia and a growing movement of people who are mobilising to make change...will you join us? October 2nd 2021 for the second WDFA-Asia event!
coming soon... an online series of workshops addressing the sprawling issues facing macaques across Asia!
The Asia for Animals Social Media Animal Cruelty Coalition (or SMACC) was recently established in response to the ever-growing problem of profitable cruelty content hosted by social media giants like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube. You can learn more about SMACC below:
The AfA Macaque Coalition has recently joined forces with the Primate Society of Great Britain and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section for Human-Primate Interactions to ask the BBC and Netflix to stop using performing primates in their programming.
We’ve also given a talk at Oxford Brookes University’s “Monkey Monday” seminar series.
We’re compiling information about macaque projects, conflict mitigation methods, and enrichment ideas for macaques in captive facilities. Please get in touch to discuss any of this! Or, if you would like to submit an enrichment idea, please do below:
If you’d like to get involved, please apply to become a Macaque Coalition associate in the WORKING GROUPS area of this bulletin. For more information email AfA coordinator Brooke:
Hope to see you all this weekend at this years virtual conference! Please explore the event page and watch the incredible sneak preview of the virtual platform!
World Day for Farmed Animals - Asia
Macaque Workshops 2021
WHAT IS THE MACAQUE COALITION?
WHAT IS THE SMAC COALITION?
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
SMACC’s first mission was to define the different types of cruelty common to social media. Such cruelty can range from the unintentional and ambiguous (for example, selfies with wild animals) to the obvious and intentional (for example, setting a live animal on fire). With the help of a team of volunteers, we are now collecting extensive data on cruelty content on three specific platforms. We expect to release a report towards the end of the year.
If you’d like to get involved, please apply to become a SMACC associate in the WORKING GROUPS area of this bulletin.
The Asia for Animals Ethical Elephant Coalition, led by Animal Protection Denmark; Animals Asia Foundation; Born Free Foundation and FOUR PAWS International, is currently being developed. Its purpose is to encourage transition to more ethical models for elephant tourism, in which harmful or unnecessary practices like riding or bathing by tourists are abandoned.
You can apply to be an associate of the Ethical Elephant Coalition in the WORKING GROUPS section of this bulletin. And please check out the brand new website section here:
ETHICAL ELEPHANT COALITION
WHAT IS THE ETHICAL ELEPHANT COALITION?
If you’d like to get involved, please email Iain. We are looking for volunteer data collectors and to speak to any other organisations who have or who are working on this issue.
WHAT IS THE FARM ANIMAL COALITION
WE MUST UNITE THE MOVEMENT!
UNITE THE MOVEMENT
The movement to help farmed animals is growing in Asia. AfA Coalition wants to help groups working in Asia to begin new work for the benefit of farmed animals, or to strengthen their existing work. We have a dedicated Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator who can help your NGO discover new ways to expand your work.
Please explore below the methods by which AfA can support the movement. If your group wishes to access one-to-one support from our coordinator to discuss each of the areas contact us today.
Never before has there been a more important time for the animal welfare groups to show a united voice in the face of animal suffering across Asia. We need more organisations to join our united voice and here our messages.
Please help us spread the word by sharing our news and social media posts and encourage more organisations to join us!
thank you for your support and for all you do for the animals.