One of the most notable events on ANAW’s calendar this year is the Africa Animal Welfare Conference themed: “People, Animals and the Planet: One Health, One Welfare” The conference cohosted by ANAW, The Government of Kenya and the United Nations Environment took place at UN Complex, Nairobi between 3-5 September 2018 attracting 259 delegates drawn from over 23 nations (from Africa and beyond). This year’s conference encompassed animal law sessions in which many delegates seemed to ask, “Is it important to have animal law discussed in such a conference?” and the answer was an unwavering, “Yes, because animal law matters in our fight to protect Africa’s animals.”

About 300 delegates from twenty three countries met at the Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) held at the United Nations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya to disc

uss the implications of the “One Health, One Welfare” concept in Africa. The 3-day meeting, which occurred from 3rd to the 5th of September 2018, was attended by representatives from government agencies, animal welfare civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academic and research institutions. The conference theme was: “People, Animals and the Planet: One Health-One Welfare”. It explored how the interconnectedness between People, Animals and the Planet affect the viability and needs of each other

A delegate from Nigeria, Mr. Chiemeka Chiedozie, shared some of his AAWC experiences in a message sent through Facebook reading as follows:” Thank you [to the AAWC organizers], I am back to my country, and forever grateful to ANAW for making it possible for me to come to Kenya and share with the world my works with animals during the Africa 2018 Animal Welfare Conference 2018. I feel fulfilled as a person. My coming to the conference has gotten me more connections and increased my enthusiasm to continue fighting for these voiceless animals. I will now take in more schools on my Animal Welfare Clubs and intend to proactively plan and organize the World Animal Day on October 4, 2018.

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