Emergency workshops for animals in crisis
Animal welfare in emergencies will be the key focus for two workshops taking place this week at Hillarys and Albany.
Conducted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the workshops are set to build community capacity to manage the welfare of animals in an emergency response.
A DPIRD spokesperson said WA experiences a wide range of emergency threats including fire, cyclones and floods that can endanger the welfare of livestock, horses, companion animals and wildlife.
DPIRD has partnered with the WA Local Government Association to host the workshops entitled ‘Animal Welfare in Emergencies’.
The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, in Hillarys, followed by the Albany event this Thursday, August 22.
Both workshops are being delivered by DPIRD experts and New Zealand animal emergency management expert Hayley Squance, providing local governments and peak industry bodies with the tools and skills to successfully respond to, and for recovery from, emergency situations which impact on animals.
Department executive director for biosecurity Katherine Clift said being prepared to deal with a range of threats that could impact on animals in an emergency was the best protection for them.
“The aim of the workshops is to develop a collaborative network between the department and local governments on the shared responsibility of animal welfare in emergencies,” she said.
“The workshops provide the platform to discuss how animals are impacted by different types of emergencies, and how this impacts emergency management and community resilience and recovery.”
Ms Clift said there would also be an opportunity to discuss the integration of animal welfare considerations into local government to plans, policies and procedures for preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies.
“This approach will help to promote a consistent and collaborative approach for managing animals in future emergencies,” she said.
The workshops lead into a one-day emergency response desktop exercise in September to test the State Support Plan – Animal Welfare in Emergencies.
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