Animal Welfare: Why do we need to focus on it?
Undeniably, wildlife is central to Earth’s health; it is our planet’s pulse rate. It ensures that the planet’s equilibrium is maintained and continues to support life as it has been for centuries.
Unfortunately, the repercussions of unbridled human interference have begun to show, resulting in a major loss to the planet’s wildlife.
Deforestation, fishing, illicit poaching, among other activities, are causing unimaginable damage to the ecosystem and its rich wildlife.
According to the United Nations, 13 million hectares of forests are being wiped out every year, posing a severe threat to the wildlife and pushing many vulnerable species to the verge of extinction. Forests are home to over 80% of all species of animals and insects. Around 8% of all known breeds of animals are already extinct and about 22% face the risk of extinction.
Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants are reported in illegal trade across the globe.
“One million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. Biodiversity is vital for human health and well-being, but the world’s ecosystems are facing unprecedented threats. Solutions exist. We must act quickly to reverse these trends,”
ANIMAL WELFARE AND UN SDGs
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 14 and 15 – Life Below Water and Life on Land mirror – in Nawa Cita Chapter 4 as highlighted by a UNDP report on Indonesia.
The United Nations, under its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), takes initiatives and strikes partnerships to support animal welfare and wild habitats around the world.
- ANIMAL WELFARE IN INDONESIA
The country thrives with wildlife and roughly accounts for around 15% of the global flora and fauna – the loss of green and harm to the wildlife here is worrying.
It is estimated that over 70 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest have been affected in the past half-century — an area twice as big as Germany!
- ANIMAL WELFARE AS A GOAL IN NAWA CITA
Environment conservation and animal welfare in Indonesia fall under the ‘Nine Aspirations’ or national development goals called Nawa Cita, laid down by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
According to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nawa Cita related to the Ministry and animal welfare in Indonesia are as follows:
- Building Indonesia from the periphery;
- Achieving economic self-sufficiency by driving the strategic sectors of the domestic economy;
- Strengthening the country’s presence in system reform and law enforcement; and
- Improving people’s productivity and competitiveness in Traditional Markets.
Indonesia faces the decrease of forest and sea resources which results in the loss of habitat loss for its indigenous species.
“The Nawa Cita starts from the President’s vision of the nation’s sovereignty in political, economic, and cultural arenas, derived from an assessment that the nation suffers from three types of situations” that include environmental degradation, and natural resource over-exploitation, among others.
- HOW CAN YOU WORK TOWARDS ANIMAL WELFARE?
We at Artemis Impact, aim to identify similar programs and projects, and NGOs working in this sector, and help people looking to volunteer in the animal welfare sector in Indonesia and connect them with NGOs for measurable results. Artemis Impact aims to connect volunteers with NGOs in the animal welfare sector in Indonesia.
The sustainability of our planet depends on how well are we able to protect and conserve the complex mechanism through which our environment thrives. It depends on how quick we are — solutions do exist, we must act quickly!
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