The first symposium organised by the Think Tank on Animals and Biodiversity programme on Animals in Wars and Disasters will take place on 3 and 4 September 2022, from 3pm to 8pm BST.
The “Animals in Wars & Disasters” symposium aims to address the plight and the inconsistencies in the prevention, protection, and rescue of non-human animals from wars, and natural and anthropogenic disasters. Untold numbers of them go unseen in these tragedies, while so many lives and communities perish in silenced suffering. International humanitarian law still ignores wild animal communities and their habitats, as well as the diverse categories of domestic animals, that need to be spared from hostilities. In the meantime, the international community as a whole does not yet seem ready to respond to the urgency of the accelerating and intensifying climate crisis that directly threatens wild animals and their habitats first and foremost, while not sparing domesticated animals trapped in most production systems.
This symposium’s objective is to critically learn from past cases and apply current knowledge to better respond to the challenges of the present, which continues to show us that war is not behind us, and of the future, which climate issues are more pressing than ever. The interests of other animals, as sentient beings, and their subjective experience must be considered at all times and reflected in policies dealing with their protection from warfare and disasters. This two-day event will showcase international research related to Animals in Wars & Disasters via live presentations in both English and Spanish and related discussions. We aim to make a live translation available during the event and will apply subtitles to the recordings, publicly accessible for replay on the Global Research Network's YouTube channel.
Book your seat now to take part in this unique event on ZOOM: a certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants. It will also be broadcast live on YouTube. We look forward to engaging with you on these critically important issues in terms of animal policy change!
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