Annual General Meeting with updates on all of our projects by their project leaders: Ark in the Park, Matuku Reserve, Habitat te Henga, Colin Kerr Taylor, Harborview/Motu Manawa and neighbouring projects we are involved in. A great way to get an overview of all that is happening in our Waitakere area.
This is followed by an inspiring talk by Christine Rose, animal activist and campaign advisor for World Animal Protection in New Zealand.
World Animal Protection is a global animal welfare organisation, established more than fifty years ago, working in more than fifty countries. Their work focusses on animals in farming, in the wild, in communities, in disasters, and oceans. This entails attention to animals used for entertainment, as pets, in captivity, in tourism, trying to stem the tide of exploitation for gratuitous human pursuits. There’s work responding to disasters, and to threats to animal (and human welfare) like rabies, and intensive farming.
World Animal Protection attends to areas where the scale and intensity of animal suffering is the greatest working at both the cause of problems and their solutions.
Work in New Zealand includes engagement with the farming industry, against rodeo, for Māui and Hector’s dolphins, and addresses NZ tourist behaviour overseas which can encourage cruel attractions like elephant riding, tiger and sloth selfies and swimming with captive dolphins.