The General Status of Animal Welfare in Developing Countries: The Case
Getahun Asebe1*, Bizelew Gelayenew1 and Ashwani Kumar2
1Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Gambella University, PO Box 126, Gambella, Ethiopia
2Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Immunology and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, PO Box 34, Bishofitu/ Debre Zeit, Ethiopia
- Corresponding Author:
- Getahun Asebe
Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture
and Natural Resource, Gambella University
PO Box 126, Gambella, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Rec date: Mar 25, 2016; Acc date: Apr 27, 2016; Pub date: Apr 29, 2016
Citation: Asebe G, Gelayenew B, Kumar A (2016) The General Status of Animal Welfare in Developing Countries: The Case of Ethiopia. J Veterinar Sci Techno 7:332. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000332
Copyright: © 2016 Asebe G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
It is true most proportions of Africans livestock owners do not realize as animals are sensitive to beatings and mistreatment. As any African countries, Ethiopia has not formulated regular ways of awareness creation to the public and is not endorsed to the community what the minimal animal welfare standards to be esteemed. The issues of animal welfare in Ethiopia go to King Minilk II, yet the country lack practicing and enforcing the laws until present time. Despite the fact huge number of livestock present in the country, welfare not well kept, hence poor productivity and production is a common feature of the sector. Respecting the five freedoms of animals at least can help to secure the minimum standards of respecting animals’ right. Freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury, disease, fear, distress and freedom to express normal behavior are the known five rights. The marketing places, during transporting, farming places, slaughtering houses, feeding areas, sheltering areas and watering places are the commonest areas where welfare deprived. Except equines and homeless dogs, no document was found on organizations working in most ruminants, camels, and poultry at all. Most of the present works indicated, as there are wide violations of the animal right developing world including Ethiopia. Developing nations like Ethiopia need to develop systems to inspect animal facilities and review research practices to ensure that animal welfare issues well addressed in all institutions and facilities dealing with animals remain basic concern. Frequent updating the current public thoughts, believes about the importance of practicing good animal welfare management and applying legislative actions will be important in animal production systems especially in developing countries like that of Ethiopia, where the poor animal welfare is enormous.