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May 26, 2011

Animal Care Expo 2011: Forty-Five Nations Represented

Humane Society International

  • Expo attendees are working to help street dogs and other animals. Dinamir Predov/istock

Animal Care Expo 2011, a world-class conference combined with a full-scale international trade show, came to a close on Saturday, May 7 in Orlando, Florida. While the bulk of Expo focuses on domestic animal issues, HSI's participation has grown substantially in recent years and HSI had the honor of being included in the program with our own “international track” in 2010.

Learning and sharing

This year, more than 80 international participants were in attendance, representing more than 45 countries. HSI provided a schedule of workshops and other events designed specifically for international participants, especially those from developing countries. This year’s workshop topics included how to set up a field sterilization clinic, safe handling and capture of animals, case studies of advancement in animal welfare in the developing world, how to turn a rescue mission into a sustainable campaign, how to deal with street dogs, and how to make difficult decisions about an animal's quality of life. All presentations will be available at www.animalsheltering.org/expo

Asked how she benefited from attending Animal Care Expo, Mariana Issa Cabrera of Fundacion Luca A.C. in Mexico said, “The experiences of other countries make me think about our procedures and how we are facing our reality, our problems, and our proposed solutions.”

Honors bestowed

A highlight of Animal Care Expo is the presentation of several awards at the HSI International Reception. The Animal Advocates program creates partnerships between HSI and local animal organizations that endorse, promote, and strive to adhere to certain basic policies of animal welfare. This year, the Animal Advocate awards were presented to Sociedad Protectora de Animales de Medellin (SPA Medellin) in Colombia and Tsunami Animal People Alliance (TAPA) in Sri Lanka. 

The HSI Award for Extraordinary Commitment and Achievement is also presented annually at Expo. This award recognizes an individual animal protectionist (particularly those from developing countries) whose sensitivity and compassion have led him or her to exceptional levels of commitment and self-sacrifice while striving to mitigate and prevent the suffering of animals from neglect, cruelty and exploitation. This year’s award was presented to Dr. S. Chinny Krishna, Blue Cross of India. Dr. S. Chinny Krishna co-founded the Blue Cross of India in 1959; under his leadership, the organization pioneered the ABC-AR (Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies) program to humanely reduce the dog population. The success of this program has led to its adoption for dog population control by the Indian Parliament.

HSI also honored two leaders of animal welfare from China for “Outstanding Achievement” for Fighting Animal Cruelty and Conducting Humane Education and Effecting Policy Change in China. These awards were presented to Ms. Yufeng Du, from Guangyuan, Sichuan Province and Mr. Xiao Bing, from Xiamen in China’s southeastern province of Fujian. 

Animal Care Expo was bigger than ever this year and very successful in all aspects. Expo 2012 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from May 21-24.