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Animal welfare

 

Consultations and expertises worldwide on questions of animal welfare and companion animal housing for:
  • Animal protection associations
  • Exhibition organisers
  • Institutions (e.g. nursing homes, correctional institutions)
  • Companies

 

The philosophy of Dr. Turner and I.E.A.P. in working with animals is best exemplified by the following words of the institute's director: «Only when we behave in such a way as to show respect for our animals as partners and offer them the housing and care required by their respective species, can we expect them to return benefits to us as social partners.»

Animal protection begins with the individual person. The relentless and admirable goals and activities of many animal protection societies take this into account and I.E.A.P. supports these groups in many ways. Meaningful animal protection must be based upon knowledge of species-specific behaviour, needs and care and the normal human-animal relationship; this knowledge should be offered in both schools and to the general public. Through the preparation of exhibits, slide shows, videos and brochures, I.E.A.P. makes an important contribution to help reach those goals.

Companion animals are also kept by other institutions than schools - in connection with animal assisted activities and therapy. Nursing homes, hospitals, and correctional homes and institutions have taken note of the benefits to both their inhabitants and staff gained by working together with animals. I.E.A.P. advises these institutions upon commission - especially on questions of proper housing and care of the animals and the carefree cohabitation of all residents and the animals.

How are private companies touched by animal welfare issues? Firstly, many make recommendations in pamphlets concerning the care and housing of companion animals; secondly, most offer products «for» those animals. Those recommendations must be based upon the latest knowledge of species-specific needs and behaviour and their products should support the normal behaviour patterns of the animals involved. I.E.A.P. advises companies interested in pursuing the development of animal welfare-based products and offers ideas and recommendations for improvement of products.

Individuals or organizations interested in securing the services of I.E.A.P. should contact the I.E.A.P. office.

Past or present co-operation on animal welfare matters with:

  • World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA, London)
  • Swiss Animal Protection (STS)
  • Animal Protection Zurich (Zürcher Tierschutz), Switzerland
  • Cat protection societies (Katzenschutzbund), Germany
  • Cat and dog associations (local and foreign)
  • Pro Animal, Israel
  • Japanese Animal Welfare Society, Tokyo
  • Museum of Zoology, University of Zurich
  • various nursing homes and hospitals (private and public)
  • various private companies (local and international)

 

 


 

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