This year has been quite eventful for Education for Africa Animal Welfare (EAAW). Our team has worked very hard, we have gained much, learned much, taught much and shared much. This year, we have been proud to have facilitated the vaccination of more than 797 dogs and 121 cats within Tanzania alone.
We have also incorporated a new programs into our key mandates that is the chicken welfare program and vegan advocate program. This year, we have newly and strongly committed to chicken welfare as one of our core activities in collaboration with Open Wing Alliance (OWA) and vegan advocate through various channels and collaboration.
As the year draws to a close, we look back with a lot of gratitude, awe and excitement for what we have been able to achieve so far. It has helped us, as we are more confident and enthusiastic even as we face the future ahead.
We would like to appreciate all the local government, partners, donors, volunteers, community members and all of us who have worked tirelessly to ensure animal welfare interests are met. We would like to affirm that without the generous support we have received, we would not be able to accomplish much that we have.
This report provides an in-depth of what we have been able to do this year. It is our sincere hope that you enjoy reading it, and as a result, get inspired to support and get involved in the animal welfare movement.
Education for African Animals Welfare attended the Open Wing Alliance African regional summit that was held in Cape Town, from 16th to 18th September 2019. We continue to support
Our recent incorporation as one of the members of
Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of organizations working to advance the
welfare of egg-laying hens, has solidified our work, resolve and movement in
the Chicken Welfare movement.
The summit offered a platform for EAAW director, Mr.
Ayubu Nnko, to showcase and present our work in advancing the welfare of
chicken in Tanzania. The platform also gave our team leader the opportunity to
interact with and network with other organizations and non-profits working in
The suffering Plight of Egg-Laying Hens
Hidden from consumers, restaurants and retailers, is the hidden suffering of the egg-laying hen, who has borne a very pricey cost of ‘egg’ and ‘chicken’ lovers. Over sixty billion chicken are reared for eggs every year. Around this, millions of egg-laying hens live in tiny, cramped and miserable and unventilated conditions, some going from hatchery to slaughterhouse within six weeks.
Even as demand for egg and egg products continues to
rise in Africa, without proper measures to protect egg-laying hens in this
demand, their suffering will continue to increase dramatically. It is in this
vein that EAAW continues to offer support to the chicken welfare movement.
We have incorporated chicken welfare as one of our
key programs and continue to advocate for cage-free systems in Tanzania and
Some of the Key issues we focus on in our chicken
welfare work include:
Living in unhygienic conditions
Lack of proper lighting
Cage Systems that do not adhere to international standards
Lifetime confinement to cages- It is undeniable the severe welfare problems that cages cause chicken. We are challenging the food industry to work with us to improve the welfare of billions of chickens! We continue to confront the confinement of chicken in cages! We advocate for the setting of standards against cage systems!
As we work to the welfare of chickens, EAAW commits
to firm advocacy, outreach and campaign against cage systems for hens!
Education for African
Animal Welfare recently attended the 21st Annual International Companion Animal
Welfare Conference, as represented by our director Mr. Ayubu Nnko. The conference
was held at Valletta in Malta.
This conference offered
a perfect platform to discuss the welfare of companion animals; and facilitate
the exchange of knowledge, ideas and mutual support for animal welfare.
Organized and Run by Dog’s trust, this conference is one of its kind.
This conference was
very strategic for EAAW, seeing our passionate involvement in the animal
welfare movement, and our work with dogs and cats. Our presence was to
highlight our support for the dogs and cats welfare movement and to learn from
others involved in the movement on best practices going forward.
Why is the welfare of Dogs important?
Dogs and cats have been
termed as man’s closest friend. These two animals are the closest companion
animals to man, more than any other animal. Just like other animals and human beings,
dogs and cats deserve protection, compassion and effective welfare policies.
Having sound welfare
policies and practices for dogs goes a long way in ensuring the health, safety
and betterment of all society.
Figure 2. Delegates
from different animal welfare organizations deliberating on the welfare of dogs
and cats. It was a general consensus among many that animal welfare is still
not given the proper attention and considerations it deserves. All around the
It was agreed that more
focus should be emphasized on training, knowledge dissemination and awareness
campaigns, as well as a change in policies. Training dogs and cats handlers’,
for instance, would ensure that they understand psychological as well as
physical issues in animal welfare.
Other major issues
deliberated upon in the conference included: breeding control, health and
nutrition as well as setting up education programs in animal welfare.
Education for African
Animal Welfare (EAAW’s) Role
EAAW was well
represented by our director, Mr. Ayubu Nnko, in this conference. He was able to
highlight to different stakeholders the role and the contribution that EAAW has
made in the animal welfare movement over the past year.
He reiterated EAAW’s
mandate in ensuring animal welfare is enhanced in Tanzania, and our commitment
to ensure that this continues to happen.
Mr. Nnko was also able
to secure the commitment and support of other groups working in the Animal
Welfare movement in the region; many of whom promised to work and collaborate
with EAAW to advance the interest of Animal welfare In Africa.
Figure 3. Our
director, Mr. Ayubu Nnko, enjoying a light moment during the annual
International Companion Animals Welfare Conference in Valletta, Malta. He
reiterated the commitment of EAAW in advancing the movement of animal welfare