The devastating impacts of natural disasters not only directly affect humans and infrastructure, but also animals, which may be crucial to the livelihoods of many people. This book considers the needs of animals in the aftermath of disasters and explains the importance of looking to their welfare in extreme events.
The authors explore how animals are affected by specific disaster types, what their emergency and subsequent welfare needs are and the appropriate interventions. They describe the key benefits of management of animals to populations and discuss preventative measures that can be taken to reduce risk and build resilience. They also include a summary of recent debates and public policy advances on animals in disasters.
The book covers livestock, companion and wild animals, with case studies to show how the concepts can be put into practice. It provides a standalone text for students of disaster studies and management as well as professionals and NGOs who require an entry-level introduction to the subject.
"The authors have created a critical first text offering accessible and useful reference on such a vital, emerging topic. Their wealth of experience gained in the field of strategic animal rescue is clear and this will no doubt, quite literally, become "the book" for rescue professionals, first responders, aid agencies, NGOs and hopefully governments across both the developing and developed world." - Jeanette Allen, The Horse Trust, UK
"This book is a great primer for anyone who has work as a first responder or is interested in the importance of animals in disaster management. The survival of animals and their communities are intricately linked. This book is a must read for anyone in civil service, animal protection or disaster management fields." - Jackson Zee, Disaster Relief Unit, FOUR PAWS International
"This book represents years of work and dedication to the welfare of animals and the environment. Additionally, it includes the experience and learnings captured and transformed into a reference volume contributing to the understanding of the importance of protecting animals during disaster situations. It explores the efforts made and direct relationships the topic has with various fields, including health, development and the economy, all within the sphere of risk management and human security." – Nancy Astorga M., School of Veterinary Medicine, National University, Costa Rica
"The Central American Policy on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR) alongside the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, establishes the importance and commitment to implement initiatives geared towards reducing the risk and vulnerability associated with livelihoods, including social services and goods related to agriculture and livestock. We consider this publication a must-read for further understanding the vital linkage between disaster risk reduction, resilience and animal protection, considering the cycle that unites human and animal life, from both a socioeconomic and a human and animal rights perspective." - Roy Barboza Sequeira, Executive Secretary CEPREDENAC, Guatemala
"In an increasingly anthropocene age we are still far too anthropogenic in our understanding and prioritization of problems. The theme of animal safety during hazard events is illustrative of this. Insufficient has been done to assure animal welfare during crisis, therefore protecting their fundamental "life" rights under hazardous conditions that many times are the result of human action, but which would also protect humans through maintenance of livelihoods based on animals that are critical for near to a billion persons worldwide. This book is key and critical for increasing awareness of this problem." - Allan Lavell, winner of the UNISDR Sasakawa DRR Award 2015 and former member of the IRDR Science Committee
"Without a doubt a much needed book that will contribute to the creation of resilience." - Ricardo Mena, UNISDR, Switzerland