Animal welfare: key to delivering disaster resilience
When a disaster strikes, the first response must be to safeguard and meet the immediate needs of those people whose lives have been affected. Providing the tools for recovery also forms a vital element of effective disaster management, enabling communities to rebuild in the medium and long term. With most of the world’s poorest people heavily reliant on animals for their food security and livelihoods, protecting animals must be an integral part of any effective disaster response. Integrating animal welfare into disaster risk reduction, resilience and preparedness planning will significantly reduce suffering, facilitate and accelerate recovery
and limit post-disaster aid dependency.
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