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Dr. Wiwiek Bagja Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association For decades the OIE has made guidelines and recommendations on veterinary issues e.g. on emerging/re-emerging animal diseases , food safety, animal welfare ,etc.
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Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association
It is only natural that OIE as a world organization expects its country member to , through their respective governments, establish veterinary governance in charge of the control of animal diseases and veterinary public health and carry out sound activities which are in line with the OIE mission of protecting the human race and animals from various animal diseases and unnecessary suffering of animals and in preserving the life of the human race.
Since the time of the Dutch colonization in Indonesia in 1800-1942, the government had always been involved in and made many regulations on animal health ,animal welfare and animal husbandry (livestock) issues. History has proven that many regulations and even a Veterinary Law (Staatsblad 1912) have been made, the latter of which is declared valid up to now. In reality, however, the Law is obsolete.
That there is a critical relationship between animal health and animal welfare
That the scientific assessment of animal welfare involves diverse elements which need to be considered together , and that selecting and weighing this elements often involves value based assumptions which should be made as explicit as possible.
That improvements in farm animal welfare can often improve productivity and food safety , and hence lead to economic benefits .
Some measures of animal welfare involve assessing the degree of impaired functioning associated with injury, disease and malnutrition .Other measures provide information on animal needs and affective states such as hunger, pain and fear , often by measuring the strength of animals ‘ preferences ,motivations and aversions. Others assess the physiological , behavioural and immunological changes or effects that animals show in response to various challenges.
IVMA currently plays a major role in campaigning animal welfare in many fields in Indonesia, i.e:
Since 2004, animal welfare has become an official curriculum in vet schools
Form of campaign ;
Seminars, lectures, trainings, posters, field actions in post-disasters