The Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association, through its Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee, has released and implemented in 2019 its Code of Welfare and Ethics, Welfare Standards and Welfare Standards Checklist in response to the need to promote and practice high standards of animal welfare among its members in the region. These standards and checklist were developed based on the Five Domains model for animal welfare. These documents which promote global best practices on animal welfare have three main objectives:
- create an opportunity to have a common understanding of positive animal welfare in the region;
- encourage leaders, advocates, and authoritative advisers in achieving prominent welfare standards for the animals in our care which includes maintaining their physical and behavioral needs; and
- provide opportunities for non-member institutions and governments in the region to adopt these standards.
SEAZA has begun conducting welfare audits among its members beginning with Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia in 2019. A report on the results of these audits can be viewed here.
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