Protecting animals against floods

“To understand the role of animals in disaster situations you need to factor in the animal’s capital value, human value and social value.“ said Xavier Castellanos, Director of International Federation of Red Cross (Americas Zone), during a high-profile online forum organized by WSPA.

The topic of the forum was Protecting Animals from Floods (Inundaciones y Riesgo Pecuario) (Manejo de Desastres), and joining in the conversation with WSPA were key players including: local governments, insurance companies, agriculture ministries, and humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The portal was hosted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and attracted over 300 comments, making it one of the platform’s most successful forums.

German Rojas, Director of Costa Rica’s National Animal Health Service, said that ensuring a pets’ welfare when a flood occurs in an urban area is important. Find more comments and other forum materials on animal protection against floods:

See what animal health authorities have to say about risk management in this video (Spanish):

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