Gambia College, UTG students trained on animal welfare advocacy

Monday, August 29, 2016

Gambia College / University of The Gambia Animal Welfare Advocates recently held a three-day training on animal welfare at Wellingara horticulture centre.

The training was to equip the participants with the technical capacity and communications skills necessary for animal welfare advocacy in The Gambia.

Coordinator of the association, Abdou Manneh, said the training was made possible thanks to funding from the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

The forum covered topics such as introduction to the five freedoms of animal welfare, welfare assessments, welfare of equines and pets, and the interrelationship between disease and animal welfare. 

The capacity building also included message development for animal welfare as well as rabies control and prevention.

Mr Manneh said the overall objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of students on animal welfare in order to enhance their participation in animal welfare advocacy.

The training was organised to enhance the knowledge of Gambia College / University of The Gambia Animal Welfare Advocates prior to the commemoration of World Animal Day, 4 October. 

The association is working in close collaboration with Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and Vets United Gambia Project to celebrate this year’s World Animal Day.

The objective of the proposed celebration is to raise awareness on animal welfare, improve animal welfare practice at national level, reduce undue animal suffering and raise the status of animals. 

The programme is expected to target the general population, particular the school children to consolidate partnership for animal welfare at national and international levels.

The association is to also organise school visits and conduct community radio sensitisation programmes in local languages targeting the general population.

The Gambia College / UTG Animal Welfare Advocates was formed in February 2016 by students of the Gambia College and UTG.  It followed a training on animal welfare held at Gambia Horse and Donkey Centre at Sambel Kunda in January 2016 organised by WTG Vets United and Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

The aim of association is to create awareness on animal welfare and good management practices especially for small ruminants.

With technical support from WTG Vets United Gambia Project, and the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, the association had “successfully organised” a seminar on animal welfare in May 2016 at the Gambia College Brikama Campus. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh