Building humane communities one partnership at a time...
Just wanted to share an exciting project that Kairos Coalition is currently working on. During the week of 4-8 March, we will be working with Humane Society International and Yeu Dong Vat to conduct a series of workshops aimed at developing a deeper and broader public awareness about the disastrous implications of rapid industrialization of the animal agriculture sector in Vietnam.
1) During the afternoon of March 4th and 7th, we will be conducting information awareness sessions that are open to the general public. One session will be held in Hanoi and one will be held in Ho Chi Minh City. These public sessions will address three areas:
• A fun, informative session on farm animals – their personalities, instincts, & natural behaviors
• The impact of industrialized animal agriculture on the environment, public health, society, economics and the animals.
• Animal Welfare Initiatives around the World and what you can do to improve the lives of animals here in Vietnam
2) On March 5th, we will conduct a full day workshop at the Hanoi University of Agriculture in partnership with the Faculty of Animal Science and Aquaculture. This workshop will cover a range of issues, including presentations provided by HSI, Kairos Coalition and by faculty members from HUA on the following topics; a) the decline of traditional Rural Agriculture in Vietnam; b) Industrialization Trends in Animal Agriculture in Vietnam; c) Impact of factory farming practices on Farm Animals; d) Impact of factory farming on the environment and human health; and e) a look at case studies from around the world concerning different ways that farm animal welfare has been enhanced around the world. This workshop will also be conducted on March 8 with the Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary medicine at Ho Chi Minh’s Nong Lam University (Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry).
These workshops will provide an excellent opportunity to explore possibilities for future collaboration between HSI and the animal science/veterinary faculties of HUA and Nong Lam University. We are looking at a range of initiatives, including continuing education opportunities for students, alumni and faculty so that they can become more familiar with animal welfare practices around the world.
3) On the evenings of March 5 and March 8th we will be providing a free screening to the public of Tribe of Heart’s Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. On March 5th the screening will be held at 7:00 PM at Cinematheque (22A Hai Ba Trung) in Hanoi, and on March 8th, it will be held at a TBD location in Ho Chi Minh City.
It will be a very busy week, but I am so thrilled to finally have the opportunity to help get this project off the ground. Moreover, I am thrilled that HSI is ready and willing to engage with Vietnamese partners over the long-term to explore solutions that will protect and enhance the quality of life for both humans and non-human animals in Vietnam, while preserving the environment for future generations
If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please let me know and I will add your name to the list for future updates in the weeks ahead!
NOTE: The graphic is a little something I put together for a workshop I participated in a couple years ago...not entirely mine...I borrowed the concept from Six Arguments for a Greener Diet (http://cspinet.org/EatingGreen/) and then enhanced it with some additional problem areas.... The poster is one of the winners in last year's Animal Protection Propaganda Poster Contest we held in conjunction with YDV thanks to a Sabina Fund grant from Farm Animal Rights Movement (www.farm.org). The translations for the posters are "Who will give me freedom?" and "Give us light!".