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The wickedness of mud and (no) trees.

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

VAWA was delighted to speak at the #ufaw2022 conference, and explore how New Zealand ended up with animals living on bare soil (or even mud) over winter, and without shade in the summer.

We spoke about VAWA's genesis and our One Health | One Welfare |te ao Māori approach at the Animal Welfare Chapter of the ANZCVS Conference in July 2023 (see also under Introducing VAWA tab), and about wicked problems and welfare-washing at the NZVA Conference in June 2023 (see also under Animal Welfare System | Review and Renew tab).

Why is it so hard to shift the needle and improve outcomes for our animals, environment and people? Why can’t we just fix it? Who’s responsible? Can we use regulation to force change? Listen in to hear some thoughts on this!

There were some great questions during the panel session: isn’t co-designing solutions just pandering to stakeholders?

It’s fair to say compromise will be needed by all to engineer our way out of these wicked problems - that compromise ought only be about the rate of change, not the vision for our animals.

But first, we need to co-design and agree to that vision for animal agriculture. Do we think cages and crates, mud, virtual fencing and no shade will be part of our farming systems in 2040 or 2050? If not, how do we co-design a pathway to our new future?

VAWA has previously published on the need for a review and reset on our animal welfare system. There's more to come on this topic - join us and be part of the change!

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