Protecting animals protects people

Animals are one of the most important productive assets for poor rural households. The loss of animals during a disaster can mean hunger, malnutrition and unemployment.

World Animal Protection Photo
Twelve-year-old Gyanshwar was sent with his buffalos to an emergency cattle camp in India’s Maharashtra State during a severe drought.
Melissa Matlow
Published: Monday, 03/23/2015 10:01 pm EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 03/23/2015 10:13 pm EDT

This is a critical year for defining sustainable development. It started in Japan, where the world agreed on a new global framework aimed at better protecting not only people but productive assets like livestock from disasters. Canada was among the 186 United Nations member states attending the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which ended on March 18 with a global 15-year plan called the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The plan calls for more investments in disaster risk reduction and strengthening protection for animals is one recommendation for following through on this.

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